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AM Alert: UC explores future of education at technology summit

UC President Janet Napolitano meets with the Sacramento Bee editorial board on January 15, 2014.
UC President Janet Napolitano meets with the Sacramento Bee editorial board on January 15, 2014. hamezcua@sacbee.com

As tuition costs balloon and the need for a college degree becomes ever more critical, politicians, education advocates and universities are all looking for ways to keep higher education accessible. Is technology the solution?

Much has been made of the idea that the future of the college experience is online, not on campus. In the meantime, schools are increasingly bringing digital tools into the classroom to reflect the changing ways that students learn.

The University of California hosts a day-long conference on enhancing the student experience through technology, starting at 8 a.m. at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, to discuss the ways in which big data, mobile devices and other new trends are changing the delivery of education. UC President Janet Napolitano kicks off the summit with remarks at 9 a.m.

In recent years, Gov. Jerry Brown has pushed the UC and California State University systems to pursue online education. It remains a priority for the governor, even after a high-profile experiment at San Jose State University last summer flopped.

COMMON CORE-OGRAPHY: How is California doing so far in implementing its new Common Core curriculum standards? Stanford University Professor Milbrey McLaughlin presents her findings at a briefing hosted by Policy Analysis for California Education, 11:30 a.m. at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

STRIKING BACK: California voters rejiggered the state’s tough Three Strikes Law two years ago and could soften prison policy once again with this year’s Proposition 47, which would reduce sentencing for some petty crimes. Experts will examine the effect of those modifications during a forum hosted by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, 1 p.m. at Claremont McKenna College.

VROOM VROOM: Motorcycle riders will gather at the Capitol on Saturday for a “unification rally” in defense of their rights, including California’s always-controversial lane-splitting law. They have an ally in Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, who will speak at the 1 p.m. event.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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