NJASCU CEO Michael Klein responded to a New York Times article: “Student Debt’s Grip on the Economy,” that appeared in the Sunday Review section on May 21, 2017.
To the Editor:
To your list of recommendations to help student borrowers, I suggest adding one more remedy: increasing state funding for public colleges and universities to decrease the cost of attendance for the vast majority of college students. State and local appropriations per student at public institutions - where over 77 percent of undergraduates are enrolled - is 19 percent lower than it was 25 years ago, adjusted for inflation. Moreover, over the past 25 years, students' share of the cost of their education at public institutions increased from 26 percent to more than 48 percent. If states would contribute more to support the operation of their public colleges and universities, students could pay less - and borrow less - to attend them.*
Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD
New Jersey Association of State Colleges & Universities
* In New Jersey, the appropriations decrease has been greater than the national average - appropriations per full-time equivalent student over the past 25 years has DECREASED by 40.1 percent, while enrollment INCREASED by 63.2 percent.
College Transparency Act of 2017 Aims to Improve Data Reporting
May 19, 2017
On May 14, 2017, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the College Transparency Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill is aimed at simplifying higher education data reporting for institutions and ensuring that students and the public have access to accurate information on outcomes and other higher education metrics, including information on transfer and part-time students. Additionally, the bill would: require the collection of data on all students; upgrade the privacy and security of the information collected and reported; and most notably, repeal the current ban on a Federal student data system. This bill is expected to be considered as part of the overall Higher Education Act reauthorization effort (rather than as free standing legislation) that the Senate HELP Committee is expected to begin later this year. House members Paul Mitchell (R-MI) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a companion measure in the House of Representatives. Both Mitchell and Polis are Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. AASCU released this statement in response to the legislation.
Adding It Up: Economic Impact of New Jersey’s Private Colleges, Universities
May 11, 2017
New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities generate an estimated $3.5 billion in economic impact for the state, according to a new study released by a group that represents the 14 nonprofit schools.
Ranging from the Ivy League’s well-known Princeton University to the tiny College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, the independent schools have more than 18,000 employees, and they pay more than $1 billion in direct wages to their workers.
(The member institutions of NJASCU – not including Rowan – estimated in 2016 to have an economic impact of $2.4 billion with a workforce of an estimated 14,500, but NJASCU will be updating this calculation by July 1, 2017.)
NJASCU Testifies in Opposition to Proposed Assembly Bill No. 2842
May 11, 2017
On Thursday, May 11, 2017, NJASCU testified before the Assembly Higher Education Committee in opposition to Assembly Bill No. 2842. It would allow institutions of higher education to offer partial tuition credit to police officers enrolled at the institution who agree to be on duty while attending classes.
Even though NJASCU institutions fully support law enforcement and the educational goals of individual police officers, NJASCU has financial and public-safety concerns over this bill. This bill would impose another unfunded mandate upon our institutions. There are already six tuition-waiver programs, including programs for the National Guard, senior citizens, and the unemployed. Further, there are very serious public-safety concerns regarding the implementation of this bill.
Two representatives from Montclair State University, Paul Cell, Chief of Police, and Karen Pennington, vice president for Student Development and Campus Life, also testified in opposition to the bill. Thanks to the strong response by NJASCU and Montclair State University, the bill was held by the committee. A copy of the bill is available here.
Christie Signs ‘Snooki’ Bill Capping New Jersey College Speaking Fees
May 9, 2017
Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill on May 8, 2017 that limits the amount of state funding that can be used for speakers’ fees at public universities and colleges to $10,000.
The statute, dubbed the “Snooki bill,” was signed six years after “star” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi earned $32,000 for a Rutgers University speaking gig.
But the bill’s prime sponsor acknowledged a few months ago that would not have prevented Polizzi from being paid that much for her appearance. The reality TV star’s honorarium was paid for by student fees after the Rutgers University Programming Association, a student group, extended the invitation. Thus, the new law puts a cap on the amount of state funding that can be used in the future. But it doesn’t prevent people from cashing on their speeches at public universities if the money comes from student fees.
New Jersey City University Graduation – May 24th
May 8, 2017
New Jersey City University (NJCU) will award 1,779 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 24. Degrees will be conferred at one ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. The ceremony may be viewed live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grWxTp_J3IE.
An honorary doctorate will be presented to Josh S. Weston, honorary chairman and former CEO of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP). The Presidential Medallion will be awarded to Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Stockton Will Host Its First Boardwalk Commencement on May 12
May 8, 2017
Stockton University will celebrate its first-ever Boardwalk Hall Commencement in Atlantic City on Friday, May 12, following the Doctoral and Master’s Commencement on Wednesday, May 10 in the Sports Center on the Galloway campus. A record total of over 1,550 graduates will receive degrees this spring.
President Harvey Kesselman will preside as graduates of Stockton’s seven schools join together to receive their undergraduate degrees in one ceremony in Atlantic City for the first time.
State Senator James Whelan (D-District 2), who served as Atlantic City’s mayor from 1990-2001, and as a city councilman for the eight years prior, will give the keynote address. Whelan holds a Master’s in Education degree from Temple University and taught in the citys’ schools for over 20 years.
The College of New Jersey Students Launching App to ‘Handl’ Your Tasks, Errands
May 7, 2017
Three TCNJ students created ‘Handl,’ an app that connects people too busy to complete their chores and errands with those willing to do them and looking to earn extra money in their free time. It works in much the same way that the popular ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft work. The team won TCNJ’s Mayo Business Plan Competition last month, taking home $30,000 to help with start-up costs and will roll out a beta version of the app in September before fully launching later in the fall.
Interactive Multimedia Grads at TCNJ Question Advance Technology at Senior Showcase
May 3, 2017
Forty students presented apps, films, sculpture, cos-play, and other forms of media at the 2017 IMM Senior Showcase, a one-night opportunity for the campus to see the creative work of graduating interactive multimedia majors.
Thomas Edison State University Vice President Named American Council on Education Fellow
May 3, 2017
Dr. Dennis Devery, of Mt. Laurel, NJ, vice president for Institutional Planning and Research at Thomas Edison State University, has been selected to participate in a prestigious, nationally recognized training program designed to strengthen capacity and build leadership in American higher education.
Dr. Devery will serve as a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program for 2017-2018. Established in 1965, this unique program aims to identify and prepare promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Dr. Devery is one of the 46 Fellows, nominated by the president or chancellor of their institution, selected this year in a national competition.
Stockton President Harvey Kesselman to Receive American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity Award
May 2, 2017
Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman will receive the Cesar Estrada Chavez Award from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), the organization of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action professionals announced today.
The Cesar Estrada Chavez Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership in support of workers’ rights and humanitarian issues.
May 1, 2017
William Paterson University was recognized in the 2017 list of Top University Sales Programs for its Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales in the Cotsakos College of Business. The list, released by the Sales Education Foundation of Dayton, Ohio in their 2017 annual magazine, recognizes William Paterson University for preparing students for successful careers in professional selling and helping to elevate the sales profession. William Paterson has been included in the organization’s annual list of top sales programs since it began the list in 2007.
April 28, 2017
The president and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, have said little about their higher-education priorities so far. But that doesn’t mean their stewardship hasn’t been felt.
April 27, 2017
On April 26th, Stockton University students rallied around their campus to take a state against “rape culture.”
“A lot of people are angry, and this is a problem that’s not OK,” says Liz Alexander, a co-founder of the March Against Rape Culture. “Why is it still happening if so many people care about it?”
“Yes means yes, and no means no,” is the message that a few Stockton students are trying to spread.
April 26, 2017
Three NJCU student teams earned accolades for their research presentations at the William Paterson University Biological and Chemical Sciences Research Symposium. Now in its 11th year the Symposium provides a forum for undergraduates to present their original research to peers and professors. Students from 34 colleges, universities, and laboratories participated in the competition. Ninety-nine presentations in 11 categories were on display.
NJCU was represented by six teams of biology and chemistry students and took honors three categories: Physiology & Toxicology; Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetics; and Biological Sciences.
April 25, 2017
A new study of 230 public-worker retirement plans released by The Pew Charitable Trusts had some unhappy news for New Jersey. (The study reviewed financial data from 2015.) When comparing total assets to liabilities, the state’s public-employee pension system ranked last in the nation, with a funded-ratio of 37.5 percent. Kentucky, at 37.8 percent, and Illinois, at 40.2 percent, were in the bottom three. The new rankings from Pew follow a similar analysis conducted last year by Bloomberg, which also labeled New Jersey’s pension system the nation’s worst-funded.
April 24, 2017
Two New Jersey universities (Princeton University and Stevens Institute of Technology) have scored high on PayScale’s 2017 College ROI Report. The Best Value Colleges list focused on a 20-year net return on investment. Montclair State University and The College of New Jersey were among the top 15 on this list of best ROI schools. The list also factors in financial aid, the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition and more to rank more than 1,500 private and public institutions nationwide. Twenty-year net ROI is the amount of money a student can expect to earn over a 20-year period after graduating from a particular school.
Here are the top 15 colleges in New Jersey (note that in-state and out-of-state tuition play a big part).
- Stevens Institute of Technology (private)
- Princeton University (private)
- New Jersey Institute of Technology (in-state)
- New Jersey Institute of Technology (out-of-state)
- University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (in-state)
- Uniiversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (out-of-state)
- Rutgers University - Newark (in-state)
- Felician College (private)
- The College of New Jersey (in-state)
- Rutgers University - Newark (out-of-state)
- The College of New Jersey (out-of-state)
- Montclair State University (in-state)
- Seton Hall University (private)
- Montclair State University (out-of-state)
- Rutgers University - Camden (in-state)
April 20, 2017
Four NJCU students and an NJCU alumna were selected for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Awards for 2017-2018. The National Screening Committee selected these students from over 10,000 applications from colleges and universities across the United States. All five NJCU semi-finalists were selected in the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Fulbright Grant category.
April 20, 2017
Jordan Ramos-Farhat, a senior at Stockton University, has been named the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Mr. Ramos-Farhat is from Belmar, New Jersey, and is very active both on and off campus.
“Mental health is an area that has many stigmas associated with it, and I wanted to work toward breaking those stigmas so people could seek the potentially lifesaving support they need, said Mr. Ramos-Farhat, who was successfully treated for depression last year.
As the current public relations chair of Alpha Phi Delta and former president, her personally has been an advocate and utilized the fraternity as a resource to aid in mental health support. He has organized fundraisers and other events, and spoken on a university panel about men and mental health every semester. He is also vice president of Order of Omega Honor Society, an intern for the University Relations and Marketing Department at Stockton, has two part-time jobs, and takes the maximum amount of undergraduate classes.
April 20, 2017
Toys “R” Us, Inc. has committed $100,000 to William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, for scholarships for its students. The Wayne-based global toy and baby products retailer received the 2017 Distinguished Organization Award at the William Paterson University Foundation’s 27th Annual Legacy Award Gala on April 20th.
“Scholarship support can be transformative for students,” says Kathleen Waldron, president of William Paterson University. “We are grateful to David Brandon and Toys “R” Us for this donation which will directly benefit our students. Toys “R” Us has been a wonderful corporate partner to the University and our students and alumni, and we thank them for their continued generous support.
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Moody’s Investors Service Downgrades New Jersey’s General Obligation Rating from A2 to A3 - Moodys.com (March 28, 2017)
Editorial: SGA Legislators Show Cowardice on Sanctuary Campus Vote - TheMontclarion.org (March 25, 2017)
Rowan Food Pantry Combats Campus Hunger, Stigma - CourierPostOnline.com (March 24, 2017)
William Paterson University Presents “Explorations 2017”: Research, Scholarship and Creative Expression Across All Academic Disciplines with Series of Events in April - WPUNJ.edu (March 24, 2017)
Businesses Worry That Too Many Millennials Headed Out of New Jersey - NJSpotlight.com (March 23, 2017)
New Jersey to Universities: Act as ‘Safe Zones’ for Illegal Alien Students - Academia.org (March 23, 2017)
Good Financial Stewardship Means Fulfilling Our Educational Missions - EducationDive.com (March 22, 2017)
Ramapo Readers Program Honored by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and COMMERCE Magazine - Ramapo.edu (March 22, 2017)
NJIRA Teams Up With Thomas Edison State University for Staff Development - NJBiz.com (March 21, 2017)
Fears for New Jersey if Federal Budget is Slashed - NJSpotlight.com (March 16, 2017)
$34 Million Boost for NJ Colleges and Universities Now Law - NorthJersey.com (March 14, 2017)
NJCU Offers Free Workshops to Support Local Arts Organizations - NJCU.edu (March 13, 2017)
$42.72 Billion - NJSpotlight.com (March 13, 2017)
State Approves Mullica Hill Hospital Next to Rowan University - CourierPostOnline.com (March 12, 2017)
Obamacare Repeal Could Be Bad for Business - EducationDive.com (March 10, 2017)
William Paterson University Student-Run Radio Station Named Nation’s Best - Fios1News.com (March 8, 2017)
Here’s How NJ College Students Can Save $21,000 in Tuition - NJ.com (March 8, 2017)
Rowan College at Gloucester County Wants to Change the Two-Year School Paradigm - EducationDive.com (March 8, 2017)
Candidates for Governor Struggle to Qualify for Public Funds to Take on Murphy’s Millions - NJBiz.com and Politico.com (March 8, 2017)
Stockton University Poll: NJ Residents for the Most Part Have Little Faith in News Media - Stockton.edu/HughesCenter (March 8, 2017)
Senate Overturns Obama-Era Regulations on Teacher Preparation - WashingtonPost.com (March 8, 2017)
NJCU Gains National Ranking Improving Students Economic Futures - NJCU.edu (March 8, 2017)
Here’s How Much Christie Gave Rutgers, Other Colleges in Final Budget - NJ.com (March 6,2017)
Editorial: Crackdown on Immigrants Could Shake Up New Jersey - NJBiz.com (March 5, 2017)
Professors Plan Spring Rally in Response to Installed Contract Negotiations - KUTower.com (March 4, 2017)
A Closer Look at the Contradictions in Christie’s Proposed Budget - NJSpotlight.com (March 3, 2017)
A Real-Life Sustainability Experiment at Stockton - RTForty.com (March 2, 2017)
Stockton Students Hear from Matthew Sandusky, Adopted Son of Jerry Sandusky - PressofAtlanticCity.com (March 2, 2017)
There’s a New Org on Campus - CougarsByte.com (March 2, 2017)
The Transgender Issue of Bathrooms - RamapoNews.com (March 1, 2017)
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