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

Enrollment dropping at many community colleges

Community colleges are pushing "promise" programs, partnerships with high schools, and marketing to help turn around a student enrollment drop.

DACA: California schools step up legal, counseling support

California schools are stepping up their legal and counseling teams in the wake of the decision to end Obama-era protections for young immigrants who lack documentation.

Hundreds of community college students use crisis text line

California community college students are using a new crisis text line to help solve mental health crises. Those crises often involve homelessness and money.

Most LAUSD grads enroll in college, but few finish

A new study found that 70 percent of L.A. Unified graduates enroll in college, but only a quarter of those end up earning a college degree within six years.

More debt relief for former Corinthian College students

$51 million is coming to California students still in debt from Corinthian Colleges. It's the latest effort to help students saddled with debt and worthless degrees.

High school students earn college credits during school day

More California high school students enrolled in community college classes during the school day, but some schools working out kinks.

Community colleges tracking down alumni for fundraising

Southern California community colleges are starting alumni organizations that campus leaders say will help raise money for student scholarships.

A year of free community college? SoCal students say yes!

Los Angeles College Promise, which waives a year of tuition at community colleges, is drawing far more students than expected.

California universities fear affirmative action programs will be targeted

California public university officials are worried that the U.S. Department of Justice will target their race-based outreach and academic support programs.

UC Irvine reinstates some admission offers after pulling nearly 500

UC Irvine granted 117 appeals to a decision to withdraw admission to 499 students the university said had not submitted documents or had low grades.

CSU takes algebra out of the equation for non-math and science majors

For fall of 2018 students admitted to the California State University who aren't pursuing math and science careers won't have to take algebra for admission.

Science camp empowers ‘invisible’ foster and homeless girls

Students who are homeless or in foster care have low graduation rates. A summer science camp seeks to give them the support they need to succeed.

New trustee wants Inglewood schools back under local control in 4 years

The new state trustee brings the widest range of educational experience of any trustee since the school district was taken over in 2012.

LA Unified administrator to head troubled Inglewood schools

A longtime Southern California school leader will take on a task that four others haven't been able to do: stop student enrollment declines at Inglewood Unified.

USC med school dean alleged to be hardcore drug user

Some faculty say USC hasn't done enough to calm anxieties about allegations that its former med school dean abused drugs, but the claims are unlikely to hurt fundraising.