SFGate: Online education has teachers conflicted

When the University of California dangled a $30,000 incentive to thousands of professors in 2010 inviting them to create UC-worthy online courses, just 70 responded, and only a few classes materialized.

Faculty members at California State University were similarly skeptical and warned of “Walmartization” last year as trustees charged each campus $50,000 to help fund “CSU Online.”

It turns out that California professors’ wariness of online education is shared by faculty across the country, according to a survey released Thursday by Inside Higher Ed, an online publication widely read by academics.

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SFGate: State’s college tuition rising fastest in nation

California’s public universities aren’t the most expensive in the country to attend – some are even among the cheapest – but they do have the fastest-rising tuition, according to a U.S. Department of Education ranking of college costs released Tuesday.

Seven University of California campuses and three California State University campuses are among the top 5 percent of public colleges in the nation with the fastest-rising tuition.

UC campuses at Berkeley, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Irvine saw tuition increases of 40 to 43 percent between 2009 and 2011, while CSU campuses at Long Beach, San Diego in Imperial Valley, and Chico got tuition increases of 40 to 42 percent in the two-year period.

The Education Department released the list to promote its searchable database as a way for families to get a better idea of the true cost of higher education – and to consider some low-cost schools they may not know about.

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Daily Republic: Tuition, competition limit class of 2012 at Fairfield-Suisun schools

FAIRFIELD — High school graduation is looming and for many seniors prompts this annoyingly repetitive question: Where are you going to college?

For most college-bound seniors, they’ve been asking themselves that questions since day one of their freshman year. Some have been planning for college their entire lives.

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