Thursday, September 22, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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.

Friday, July 29, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

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.

Friday, June 19, 2015


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.