Inland leaders push for higher college attendance

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The Inland Empire lags behind the state in college-going and graduation rates

A Thursday morning hearing on boosting college readiness and college graduation rates drew about 100 people to UC Riverside where they heard ideas ranging from a centralized student data system to supplemental programs for high school students.

Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, who heads the Assembly Higher Education Committee, said the meeting focused on issues in the Inland Empire. The meeting drew education leaders from across the region as well as several other Assembly members, including Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino.


State should help students abused by for-profit colleges - SacBee

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Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education suspended federal financial aid for prospective students at ITT Technical Institutes, a national, publicly traded, for-profit college. The next day, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education prohibited California ITT locations from enrolling new students.

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MARK MUCKENFUSS: Medina pushing free college, funding unlikely

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Free college education was one of the issues spotlighted at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.

True, it was dwarfed by the historic nomination of the first woman to represent a major political party as a presidential nominee, but it was in the mix. And as fall terms approach, it becomes an even more important issue to students pursuing degrees while worrying about their finances.


UC audit mobilizes state lawmakers to action

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SACRAMENTO - When a recent report by the California State Auditor revealed that the University of California has recruited more out-of-state and overseas applicants leading to a drop in the number of resident enrollment, state lawmakers were outraged.

“It’s an alarming insight. It’s a clear indication that California students are being pushed to the side and kicked to the curb by the UC system,” said Assembly member Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson.


JOSE MEDINA: Victims of for-profit colleges deserve our help

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By JOSE MEDINA / Contributing writer

In 2012, Tiffany Johnson enrolled as a first-time college student at Heald College. The school guaranteed her a high-paying job and successful career upon graduation, which could be in “as little as nine months,” according to advertising. Three years later, Tiffany faces $37,000 in student loans and has no degree to show for her time, effort and debt. She is one of thousands of students with similar stories, who were taken advantage of by the illicit practices of some for-profit colleges.

The announcement this week that Westwood College will close four California campuses marks the latest in a series of closures of for-profit schools. In July, Four-D College unlawfully closed two California campuses. In April, Corinthian Colleges abruptly ceased operations at all Heald, Everest and WyoTech campuses, including 23 in California. These closures followed investigations and enforcement actions by state and federal agencies.

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Press Enterprise: Student Aid: Corinthian College bill moves forward

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An Inland lawmaker's bill to help thousands of students whose private colleges shut down earlier this year passed a Senate subcommittee June 29.

AB 573, authored by Assemblymen Jose Medina, D-Riverside, and Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, has passed the Assembly. It would provide legal and financial assistance to more than 13,000 California students left to fend for themselves after Corinthian Colleges of Santa Ana closed its Everest, Wyotech and Heald campuses earlier this year.


Press Enterprise: Jose Medina: Californians deserve access to diverse UC and CSU systems

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Witnessing the transformative power of education and the positive impact educational attainment has on the lives of individuals is a remarkable experience. As a former educator, I enjoy reconnecting with students who have achieved their academic, personal and career goals.

But in order for more California students to achieve their goals, we must strive to improve our world-class public higher-education system.

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CA State Assembly Works to Help Students After Corinthian College Shutdown

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CA State Assembly Works to Help Students After Corinthian College Shutdown

KGO810's Carolyn Burns reports:

(KGO) - California's State Assembly is introducing legislation that is meant to help the students who were abandoned halfway through their education when Corinthian College shut down this week. The "for-profit" institution closed down suddenly this week without much warning to students or faculty.

Assembly member Kevin McCarty said that the legislation is meant to help get these students into community college. "First and foremost, try to get them in the community college system and waive the student fee. We want to get them back in college and put them in the right direction."

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Corinthian Colleges declares bankruptcy amid push for new legislation to help students

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Students protest near Everest College in Ontario on April 29. Jennifer Cappuccio Maher

POSTED: 05/04/15, 5:52 PM PDT |  San Bernardino Sun

Corinthian Schools Inc. filed for bankruptcy Monday in Delaware, a week after the Santa Ana-based for-profit school shut down all of its California campuses.

The company listed its assets as between $10 million to $50 million, with estimated liabilities between $100 million to $500 million.

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of Sacramento legislators are introducing legislation to help students affected by last Monday’s shutdown, which included Everest and WyoTech schools.

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Graduate Students Meet Lawmakers in Sacramento

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UC Riverside’s Jessica Diaz and Vicente Nunez took part in Graduate Research Advocacy Day 2015

By Iqbal Pittalwala On APRIL 30, 2015 - UC Riverside Today

UC Riverside's Vicente Nunez (left) and Jessica Diaz (right) are seen here with California Assemblymember Jose Medina at Graduate Research Advocacy Day.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – While they don’t garner as much public attention as undergraduates, graduate students at the University of California, Riverside are a driving force behind UC’s leadership in research and education.

On April 28, two UC Riverside graduate students – Jessica Diaz and Vicente Nunez – joined 20 other UC graduate students and UC President Janet Napolitano at the state capitol to highlight the value graduate research brings to the state.

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