Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong held a listening session with faculty members Thursday afternoon in an effort to stem growing anger over wages, and what's referred to as "administrative bloat."
Armstrong said the session went well, and that he heard a lot of "pent-up emotions" coming from faculty members who have not received salary adjustments for years. He did note that situation has now changed.
In the fall of 2014, KCBX News interviewed nearly every leader of the colleges and universities on the Central Coast. Our goal was to hear their visions for the campuses, find out what's new and on the horizon, and discover how they plan to deal with ongoing challenges.
The presidents of (from north to south) Hartnell, Cuesta, Cal Poly, Allan Hancock, and Santa Barbara City College all participated in our interview series. Use the interactive map to hear each one.
We were unsuccessful in our efforts to book an interview with UC Santa Barbara's Chancellor Yang.
In the debate over education’s costs, quality, and need for reform, we may have lost an understanding of its purpose. Tune in at 2 for a conversation about the state of education from pre-school through college. What do our children need to know, what experience do they need to gain, and how do we provide it?
A controversial art display at Santa Barbara City College last month will be the topic of a campus discussion on cultural sensitivity. It's scheduled for Tuesday, April 7.
Native American students were offended by a wooden teepee, constructed on campus by art students.
Representatives from the various sides met last month, resulting in the dismantling of the teepee a couple of days ahead of schedule. SBCC President Dr. Lori Gaskin said that decision was made entirely by the students.
The union representing teachers in the Lucia Mar School District now have authorization to initiate a strike, should negotiations reach that point.
The Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) announced the support from teachers following voting on Friday.
The teachers are asking for an increase in wages to bring salaries closer to those of their colleagues working in neighboring districts, including San Luis Coastal and Santa Maria-Bonita. Lucia Mar School District leaders say they can't afford the level that's being proposed, and have made their own offer.
Central Coast High School students are headed to Riverside on Friday to test their abilities in the courtroom. It's all part of the statewide California Mock Trial Finals.
San Marcos High School students in Santa Barbara are hoping to return with the winning trophy for the first time in nearly a decade. Those from Arroyo Grande High would like to bring it home to San Luis Obispo County for the first time ever.
But, no matter which California-based team wins this weekend, the students will walk away with tools for success later in life, according to their teachers.
The University of California is putting a cap on the number of out-of-state students that can attend certain campuses next year.
This new rule will not apply locally to UCSB. The number of non-resident students attending both Berkeley and UCLA will be capped at current levels and UC San Diego will be held to 20 percent according to the new rule.
UCSB's non-resident percentage has more than doubled in the past five years at 9.2 percent last fall. The average for the UC system not counting those campuses under the cap program is six percent.