Mikhail ZinshteynReporter, CalMatters
Mikhail Zinshteyn has been a higher education reporter since 2015. As a freelancer, he contributed to The Atlantic, The Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed and The 74. Previously, he was a reporter at EdSource and before that a program manager at the Education Writers Association. Mikhail was born in the Soviet Union and has a master's degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics. He is based in Los Angeles. Pell grants and work-study helped pay for his undergraduate degree at Union College.
A last-minute bill would force Cal State to give non-faculty staff raises, costing the system almost $900 million over ten years — money the system says it doesn’t have. Cal State may cut programs and raise tuition if it doesn’t get enough state money.
The Cal State system graduates Black students at lower rates than other groups. Students, scholars and advocates say the reasons are myriad.
Debt-free college: California’s on the verge of spending over a half-billion dollars to help 360,000 studentsRoughly 360,000 UC and Cal State students may soon receive about $1,000 to $3,000 to fund their educations this fall as part of California’s effort to make college debt-free. Another form of aid to help more community college students has a less clear path.
California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro resigned after criticism over his handling of sexual assault allegations leveled against a high-ranking colleague.