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

Killing of USC Student Heightens Awareness of Safety

The killing of a USC student near campus over the weekend has some students thinking about their own safety and what the campus is doing about it.

California's community college students are hurting for food and housing

"No student should face hunger or homelessness," California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley told KPCC. "California must do better."

UCLA creates position to increase outreach to Native Americans

Southern California universities are taking the lead in improving relations with Native American tribes. UCLA is the latest; it created a new position that seeks to increase the number of American Indian students and faculty.

Community colleges asked to remove a job roadblocks for ex-offenders

Many ex-offenders don't apply for jobs when they see that job applications request disclosing criminal history. Community colleges are moving away from the practice.

These programs are helping foster youth make it to college graduation

There are 60,000 foster youth in California. About one out of four attend a community college. Recent reforms are improving their prospects but more assistance is needed to help them make it to graduation.

New UC council takes on return of Native American remains

University of California Native American advisory council includes faculty and tribal leaders. One agenda item for its first meeting: the return of human remains.

Problems with new payroll system at the University of California

It appears problems with a new payroll system at the University of California are affecting student employees. UCLA says about 1,000 employees affected there.

Community colleges seeking help for formerly incarcerated students

California community college administrators say the state's high incarceration rate underlines how important it is to help the formerly incarcerated earn a degree.

A push for college financial aid to cover more than tuition

For many Cal State and community college students tuition is cheaper than rent and other living expenses. Policymakers want financial aid to cover these costs.

UC: nearly $50 billion needed for construction, renovation

Student say deferred maintenance leads to crowded campuses and hurts the quality of their education. UC's price tag: nearly $50 billion in the next decade.

CSU faculty prez: Increasing admissions needs to be priority in 2019

The California State University system turned away more than 30,000 qualified California students last year. The president of the faculty union urges more access.

Women feel betrayed by experience with USC sexual abuse hotline

Women complain of long waits, little follow up, and lack of emotional support when they called USC hotline set up to take calls of abuse victims.

Bill would waive second year of community college tuition in CA

Housing costs and trouble enrolling in classes force some community college students to take a lot longer to finish their studies. A new bill seeks to help.

University of California: Nobel laureates & hungry students

A new survey of University of California students finds that more than one in five skip meals or eat less to varying degrees because of finances.

USC class gives students say in campus reforms

“It’s empowering to know that we can possibly do something to end this 30-year era of trauma,” one student said about her class' efforts.