Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Colleges Emphasize Practical Approach To Statistics Classes

Introductory statistics classes are increasingly shifting towards real-world applications before teaching the vexing formulas that trip up many students.

Ex-Prisoners Find Support In Unique CS Fullerton Program

Officials say a low-cost, off-campus house for enrolled students at Cal State Fullerton who’ve served time in prison is the only one of its kind in the nation.

Large Settlement With MGM In 2017 Las Vegas Shooting

About 2,500 Californians are potentially eligible for claims in the settlement. A third party will decide how to distribute up to $800 million.

Judge Hears Request To Block Public Charge Rule

The Trump administration says the public charge rule is part of an effort to enforce immigration laws. Opponents say the rule threatens immigrants' access to vital services.

How Cal State Reformed Its 'Remedial' Programs

The system eliminated the "remedial" label and adopted the view that students can do college-level work if they’re taught by engaging professors.

Carol Folt Officially Takes The Helm At USC

The new USC President was inaugurated at a lavish ceremony attended by distinguished alumni, trustees, city officials, and the entire campus community.

UC President Janet Napolitano To Step Down Next Year

Napolitano told the UC regents that it's time to hand over the reins after six years leading the prestigious, 10-campus public university system.

California College Athletes Could Sign Endorsements

A showdown between NCAA and California looks more likely as the state is one step away from allowing college athletes to sign endorsement deals.

Safe Parking Lots For Homeless Community College Students

The author of a state bill that would have opened California community college parking lots next summer to homeless students says he’s shelving the proposal.

Cal State Holds Public Forum On Proposed Admissions Changes

A plan to add a year of high school math or math skills to the admissions requirement would disproportionately impact students of color, opponents argued.

Five Student Complaints About USC Doctor Dennis Kelly

Fifty men are now suing USC and former student health doctor Dennis Kelly. Five of them say they complained about improper behavior to university administrators.

Revised Math Program Reduces Failure Rate At Cal State

First-year students used to be dropped from the rolls for failing remedial math, but a new program allows students who don't pass math to try again.

For-Profit Colleges Close All The Time In California, But You Usually Only Hear About The Scandals

Here's the story of a small, independent, immigrant-owned business with deep roots in Los Angeles that was praised by students but couldn't keep up with changing market forces.

Shutdown Of For-Profit College Limits Options For Students

People enrolled at A-Technical College, a for-profit school in Huntington Park, say the school been essential to their education.

Native American Enrollment In Community College Has Dropped 60% In 20 Years. Here's Why

Native American higher education advocates say that regardless of the reasons, the data highlight a big problem: California's Native American population is large and growing and the state's largest college system is not doing enough to support and recruit Native students.