higher education


For decades, California’s public university system has been a model for the world, and its prestige has helped to create much of the state’s prosperity. More recently the system has been stumbling – a victim of constant budget cutting, chronic overcrowding, and administrative gridlock.

This fall, San Francisco’s newest university, Minerva, enrolled its founding class of students -- but the Nob Hill school has no libraries, sports facilities, or even classrooms. Tuition is far lower than that of traditional universities, and students will move to a different international location each year. Is this the future of higher education?






On the August 27th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll open up the lines to answer your questions about the best options to pay for college. The average college graduate owes almost $30,000 in student debt. At the same time, tuition is up and families’ incomes are down. Which student loans offer the safest repayment options and lowest interest rates? What are the responsibilities of a co-signer? What questions do you have about student loans? It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.


Your Call: How are students paying for college?

Jul 31, 2014

On today's Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast a conversation about the underlying reasons for the rising cost of higher education. According to the College Board, over the past 30 years, average tuition at a four-year public college has risen by more than 250 percent, while family income has gone up only 16 percent. So how are families and students paying for college? What role should the federal government play to make college affordable? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.  


On today’s Your Call, we’ll discuss how colleges are hiring part-time teachers to save costs, and what impact it has on education. Adjunct teachers now make up 50 percent of higher education faculty. Many receive no benefits and are paid poorly, with no chance of job-security or tenure. What happens to students when their teachers are contractors, not full-time professionals? And how are adjuncts organizing for change? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you.



Jen Chien

In recent years, all levels of California’s public education system have been suffering from continuing budget cuts. City College of San Francisco, California’s largest community college has not been immune to these troubles. But right now it's facing an even bigger challenge, as the school fights to maintain its accreditation.  KALW Education reporter Jen Chien spoke with Ben Trefny about the situation.

European Commission

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama proposed something radical, that dropping out of high school no longer be allowed. But that might be complicated. Every school district has tried numerous solutions to the dropout dilemma without success.

In the University of California system, officials are considering raising fees as much as 16% a year through