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

Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

A new study suggests teachers are more likely to respond to students with names that sound white and male than to those whose names imply other racial and ethnic identities.

National faculty group challenges Cal State changes

Cal State is eliminating remedial classes this coming fall but the replacement courses may not be ready, according to some CSU faculty.

Turning college aid application deadline into contest

California financial aid officials hope their Race to Submit campaign motivates more high school seniors to apply for financial aid.

Financial aid for foster youth is going unused

Foster youth earn college degrees at rates six times lower than average. Financial aid can be a game changer, but many don’t apply.

California colleges are creating classes with no textbook costs

In 2008, college students spent $701 a year on textbooks, by one estimate. By 2017, that figure had dropped by more than $100.

Want to make it in Hollywood? Try community college

There are thousands of job openings yearly for middle-skill jobs in entertainment and digital companies. Community colleges want to train more people to fill them.

Pasadena City College program suspended over who's teaching it

A popular program designed to encourage students to enroll in college has been suspended because the classes are taught not by professors but by high school teachers who qualified as faculty.

San Marino school board member investigated for harassment

Four people have accused school board member Christopher Norgaard of sexual harassment. At least two of them are adult employees of the district.

Community colleges hailed as model for disaster readiness

Staffers at various campuses sprang into action to help during recent fires. Officials say their response should be a national model.

Sexual harassment reports double at LA community colleges

Los Angeles Community College administrators said formal complaints of sexual harassment are up dramatically. They're taking steps to find a solution.

129th Rose Parade rolls in Pasadena; see the list of float winners

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the street to watch 39 floats decked out with countless flowers, along with show horses, marching bands and celebrities. Millions more watched on TV.

College students still feeling effects of Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire cut the semester short at some colleges. Administrators are letting some students take finals when they return from winter break.

Some kids in LA no longer have to pay their library fines

L.A. County library officials say overdue fines lead many young patrons to stop using the library's resources. So, they're off the hook — as long as they read.

Report critical of community college bachelor’s degrees

A report by the state's legislative analyst cautions lawmakers about expanding the number of California community colleges that offer bachelor's degrees.

Ventura councilman says hundreds of homes destroyed in fire

On Thursday, a Ventura city councilman updated a two-day-old tally of the number of homes destroyed by the county's devastating Thomas Fire.