College Confidential

There are proven ways to navigate the college admissions process without cheating the system

With tens of thousands of undergrads applying each year for limited spots, California’s college systems have approved admission criteria for assessing incoming freshmen. While the strength of a student’s academic record is one of its top considerations, the University of California system has established 14 factors — both academic and nonacademic — for undergraduate admissions.

Sep 10, 2019 Laurie Lauletta-Boshart

Survey: College Students Spend $2,000 a Month on Housing, Books, Food

Nearly one-third of student surveyed said they didn't have enough money to cover housing expenses; more than one-third said they can't afford books and supplies

The price of college has become a hot-button issue at both the state and national level, but data has been scarce about how much, beyond tuition, California students actually spend on the housing, food, textbooks and other non-tuition items that they also need to earn a degree.

Sep 12, 2019 Felicia Mello

Despite Concessions, Worries Remain Over Gig Economy Bill

California is poised to pass a sweeping labor bill that would turn drivers into employees, but gig companies are concerned about the implications and are urging lawmakers to forge a new path

Over Labor Day, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared his support for reclassifying an estimated 2 million California workers as employees instead of independent contractors. But while Democratic presidential candidates have seized upon labor standards of gig workers as a campaign issue, many questions remain about AB 5’s implications.

Sep 6, 2019 Judy Lin

California’s Tourism Industry Could Be a Boon for Local Communities

California continues to surf a huge economic wave with year-after-year tourism growth, generating more than $140 billion for the state last year and supporting the livelihoods of millions of residents. But as any big wave surfer knows, the thrill of success also comes with perils, and in the case of tourism, the situation can get gnarly fast. 

Aug 29, 2019 Costas Christ & Caroline Beteta