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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
Community colleges are trying to reach former ITT Tech students who are deciding how to continue their higher education after their schools shut down.
Sixteen of California's 23 community college "promise" programs were announced this year. Most promise a year of free college tuition, while some offer more.
Gabriel was 66 when he died at home this past Sunday. KPCC's education correspondent remembers the star for who he was: the greatest songwriter of his generation.
Some Southern California community colleges have hired dozens of new full time faculty to start this year, thanks to $62 million in new funds.
Research shows that high school students who take some community college classes before graduation are more likely to enroll and finish college.
Schools have been moving the first day of school to August to help kids' academics. Now one out of four L.A. County school districts start the week of Aug. 8.
New science standards aim to improve science knowledge through critical thinking and problem solving to help students become better citizens and consumers.
School safety companies create everything from portable toilets to be used in classrooms in case of a lockdown to mass notification apps.
For nine years Oakley has led Long Beach City college as president, but his connection to community colleges is also personal.
Former students of the now-defunct Corinthian College chain say debt collectors are threatening them in order to collect private loan debt.
The grant-makers hope to make a difference in how effectively California teachers master new methods that encourage students to figure out concepts for themselves.
UCLA says it has admitted its most diverse class of incoming students ever after a record year of applicants. It also offered admission to 11 percent more California students than last year.
Seven Cal State campuses will host a program to help formerly-incarcerated students complete college by providing counseling, tutoring and money for books and food.
After three weeks registrar Neal Kelley says his office has finished counting votes. The official turnout was 49.6 percent of registered voters.
School districts in affluent communities offer summer school classes for about $700. They're free in poorer areas but are used mostly to make up for a failing grade.