Youth Radio profiles a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, Nessa Mahmoudi, who wants to put her Masters of Education to use in the Oakland Unified School District. Watch below to find out why Oakland Unified is both a challenging and attractive district to teach in and why they may be turning away teachers like Mahmoudi.
Youth Radio and the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California at Berkeley joined forces to bring Digital Natives a video that examines how budget cuts at UCs impact students and classes at community colleges. As it turns out, one of the hottest tickets in town these days is a seat in class.
The California Report continued their look at the current admissions squeeze at the University of California. Today’s story features a senior at Miramonte High School in Orinda, who had this to say about applying to colleges: “I don’t know what else they want me to be. I’m trying my best.”
The series will also air as part of Health Dialogue’s Coming of Age: Teen Health episode, which airs tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. The Health Dialogues website will feature an online discussion about the stress of college admissions– so tune in, logon, and tell us what’s hard about waiting.
The California Report aired the first in its two-part series looking at high school seniors waiting to hear whether or not they were accepted into the University of California system. The system received a record number of applications this year despite a tuition increase of about 30% and cutting the number of spots available in the incoming class. Officials say cutting those spots will make maintaining diversity at UC even harder.
“If you’re a high school student at Mission right now, the possibility of going to college is going away. You’re not going to City College, you’re not going to a UC, anywhere,” Andy Lipson yells among a throng of protesters in front of San Francisco’s City College. The Mission High School teacher’s veins bulge in his skinny neck as he screams infuriating truths into a megaphone. “The little bit of hope [our students] had about advancing in this…country has been extinguished!”
The college-age crowd roars, waving signs with mildly clever phrases urging action to end budget cuts and fee increases. “Don’t let us down,” shouts a curly-haired co-ed, her voice several octaves higher than the low roar of her protesting peers.
But many students are being let down. The University of California Regents recently approved a 32 percent fee hike and the California State University system plans to slash enrollment by more than 40,000 students for the fall 2010 semester, the same semester that has seen applications increase by 32 percent from last year. The resulting crunch has high school seniors more anxious and competitive than ever, with many considering alternatives to the traditional four-year state school path.
For Evan McCann, a Berkeley High School senior whose top schools are UC Berkley and San Francisco State, the budget cuts represent a swift kick in the pants and the potential destruction of his collegiate plans. On the Thursday of the UC Regents’ decision, Evan walks into the pizza shop where he works with slumped shoulders and sorrowful black eyes. The restaurant only has a few customers and with nothing to do, Evan skulks about the restaurant, shuffling his feet between the pizza delivery and dishwashing stations.
Last week, The California Report discussed Assemblyman Marty Block’s proposal to allow community colleges to award four-year bachelor’s degrees. Listen to the report below:
This morning’s California Report examined the increasingly difficult task of transferring from a community college into the California State University system. In order to meet a $500 million dollar budget gap, CSUs are cutting their admissions by 40% over the next two years. Reporter Mina Kim talked to students caught in the middle.
Despite protests at University of California campuses across the state, the UC regents voted today to approve a tuition increase that brings the yearly cost of attending a UC to over $10,000. Rob Schmitz filed this report for KQED Radio News.
KQED Radio News reported this week that the California State University system will cut almost 10% of its current enrollment– that’s about 40,000 students.