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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
Only 1,100 of the 280,000 students in the University of California system are Native American. With few role models, it's an uphill climb to obtain a degree.
Some students struggling to balance tuition of $21,000 per semester with the high costs of housing in the region have few alternatives.
Three years of high school math are required for entry now. A proposal would require a fourth year of either math or a class like economics or computer science.
Proposed legislation would require community colleges to open their parking lots at night to give homeless students a safe place to park overnight.
Coping with the first year of community college is tough for most students. Formerly incarcerated students face even more obstacles.
The 360-member Concerned Faculty of USC says “strong faculty governance” could have helped avoid scandals that have plagued the university.
Oscar Gomez of Baldwin Park was found dead in 1994 after a student protest. The circumstances surrounding his untimely death were never determined.
A aprogram created by USC researchers uses students’ online social gaming skills to guide them to academic, financial, and wellness help.
The Family Resource Center -- the only one of its kind in the state community college system -- helps students with child care and other support services.
In 2007, Rick Singer founded a college advisory business called The Key. Turns out The Key opened what he described in court as a “side door” into elite schools.
More than a dozen Southern California residents are among those charged Tuesday by federal prosecutors in a national college admission bribery and fraud scheme.
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.
"No student should face hunger or homelessness," California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley told KPCC. "California must do better."
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.
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.