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Education leaders call for school modernization

By Neal J. Riley The California Legislature needs to devise a clear plan for modernizing and replacing the state’s aging schools or it will be harder to persuade voters to approve funding for K-12 construction, the state schools chief said Wednesday. “Education is transforming and our buildings where learning takes place need to transform with […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Body of missing Woodland man found

SAN FRANCISCO — The body of a Dodgers fan who disappeared after a Giants ball game on June 25 was found Wednesday morning floating in the bay just off San Francisco’s Embarcadero, authorities said. The medical examiner confirmed the body was Victor Murillo, 27, who lives in Woodland and works as a prison guard in […]

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mystery man identified as UC Davis grad

By Vivian Ho For almost a month, he was a mystery. A man in tattered clothing arrested for stealing frozen pizzas and candy bars at a Daly City grocery store. A man who didn’t utter a single word as he was bounced from jail to mental wards while investigators struggled to identify him. On Friday, he […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Online education has teachers conflicted

By Nanette Asimov When the University of California dangled a $30,000 incentive in front of thousands of professors in 2010, inviting them to create UC-worthy online courses, just 70 responded, and only a few classes materialized. Faculty members at California State University were similarly skeptical and warned of “Walmartization” last year as trustees charged each campus $50,000 to help […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCSF joins trend offering published research free

By Erin Allday UC San Francisco has joined the growing ranks of academic institutions that are offering most, if not all, of their research free to the public, by requiring that all published scientific studies be added by their authors to a university repository accessible to everyone. The policy change at UCSF, which was announced last month, is […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

State’s college tuition rising fastest in nation

By Nanette Asimov California’s public universities aren’t the most expensive in the country to attend — some are even among the cheapest — but they do have the fastest-rising tuition, according to a U.S. Department of Education ranking of college costs released Tuesday. Seven University of California campuses and three California State University campuses are among the top 5 […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

2 Occupy the Farm protesters won’t face charges

BERKELEY — Alameda County prosecutors have decided not to file charges against two women arrested on suspicion of trespassing during the Occupy the Farm protest on UC Berkeley-owned land in Albany, officials said Tuesday. Campus police officers arrested nine protesters May 14 on the university’s 10-acre Gill Tract near Marin and San Pablo avenues after a three-week standoff. Last week, […]

UC, CSU pushed to cut low-enrollment programs

By Nanette Asimov It sounds like an obesity epidemic in higher education: program bloat. But rather than some sort of elephantine curriculum, the phrase refers to the hundreds of degree programs at California’s public universities with fewer than 10 graduates in a given year — at a time when many students are turned away from more popular programs because […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bills in Legislature may bring tuition relief

By Wyatt Buchanan SACRAMENTO — Students in California’s public colleges and universities, who have seen their tuition and fees rise continuously, could see some relief as early as this fall under bills passed in each house of the Legislature on Wednesday. Lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate approved separate measures that would provide a generous tuition break for middle-class students […]

May 31, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Senate farm bill a small step forward for California

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to take up a new farm bill in the coming weeks that will set the nation’s food policy for the next five years and cost nearly $1 trillion over a decade. But California, the nation’s largest farm producer and a strong voice in environmental and health policy, is destined […]

May 29, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Spring is ‘idiot season’ in the outdoors

By Tom Stienestra At a campsite last month, I saw a campfire ring where a picnic table had been uprooted, turned on its side and set in the pit, and then partially burned as if it were firewood. As spring takes hold, the “Idiot Alert” has been sounded at parks, trails and lakes as more […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Brown proposes four-day week for state workers

By Wyatt Buchanan SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown proposed significant cuts to state courts and state worker pay — including reducing state employees’ work week to four days — to help close a $15.7 billion gap between revenue and expenses for California’s fiscal year that begins July 1. In announcing his revised budget proposal, which he called both “difficult” […]

May 15, 2012 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Protesters will end UC farm encampment

By Nanette Asimov ALBANY — Occupy the Farm protesters agreed Saturday to end their three-week encampment on UC Berkeley property in Albany, but rebuffed an invitation from the university to discuss how area can be used for both urban farming and for research. Instead, the several dozen protesters set up ladders to scale the fence UC had erected around […]

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CSU may pull cash grants to half its grad students

By Nanette Asimov California State University is withholding financial aid for about 20,000 needy graduate students — money that pays their tuition — pending a decision that could permanently end the cash grants, The Chronicle has learned. Graduate students across the 23-campus system began receiving financial aid notices this week and were astonished to see that the state university grant […]

April 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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