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

Research says student well-being is higher in diverse schools

Students in ethnically and racially diverse schools do more to bridge differences. Researchers say that leads to fewer feelings of loneliness, insecurity.

California State University could ax remedial placement test

The Cal State placement test, used to decide on remedial classes, could be a thing of the past. Now administrators could use other measures, like grades.

Teens in anti-gambling program gather in Anaheim

About 10 percent of youth have gambling problems while about four percent of adults have problems controlling their gambling.

Community college vote could squeeze out local businesses

Administrators at the L.A. Community College District say the current ad hoc system means food service and quality isn't what it needs to be.

California schools' test scores, other data goes mobile

California school officials have built an app to make California school data accessible on a mobile phone, though geo-location.

Cal State LA to close spring admissions for 3rd year

Too many qualified fall applicants mean the university can't afford to allow new students in the spring, hurting community college transfer students.

Big funding disparities at developmental disability centers

California funds 21 regional centers that treat people with developmental disabilities such as epilepsy and autism. Wide funding gaps exist.

CSU prisoner reintegration program graduates its first students

The goal is to reintegrate former prisoners into society and to help remove the stigma that may come after prisoners have completed their incarceration.

Trump effect: Fewer foreign applications to US colleges

Nearly 40 percent of institutions represented in a recent survey reported a drop in applications from international students.

"Avocado" is from Nahuatl, is the same word as "testicle"

English has borrowed more than a few words from the ancient language of the Aztecs, including avocado and coyote.

Pasadena schools turn realtors into allies

By training realtors about the progress of Pasadena public schools, administrators hope to attract families who may have been tempted to educate their kids elsewhere.

Cal State's remedial program isn't helping students

Nearly 25,000 incoming freshmen enrolled in California State University's remedial summer program in 2016. The program is called Early Start.

Community college remedial program 'broken,' advocates say

Most California community college students are placed in remedial education classes — but researchers say the way that decision is made is mostly inaccurate.

The 'school bus effect' could cut chronic absences

Taking the school bus involves planning and routines. New research suggests learning those skills in kindergarten can help schools reduce absences.

Teaching kids soft social skills

More and more schools are integrating the teaching of skills like perseverance and empathy in academic lessons such as math and English.