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Fears for New Jersey if Federal Budget is Slashed
NJSpotlight.com
March 16, 2017

Looming large over this year’s legislative review of Gov. Chris Christie’s latest budget proposal is the uncertainty of federal budget cuts. Yesterday, advocate after advocate told lawmakers that state programs and appropriations will be in danger if the federal budget is slashed as deeply as many expected. Lawmakers are in the midst of a series of public hearings on Christie’s proposed budget for the state’s next fiscal year, a process that in the last few years has influenced several changes made to the governor’s original spending plan.

What exactly gets hits and how deep the cuts will be largely remains to be seen though more information could be released as early as today. But with New Jersey’s fiscal year beginning on July 1, and the federal fiscal year starting on October 1, the impact of the potential federal cuts was on the minds of many who testified during a hearing held yesterday to collect public comments on Christie’s proposed $35.5 billion spending plan for the 2018 fiscal year.

$34 Million Boost for NJ Colleges and Universities Now Law
www.NorthJersey.com
March 14, 2017

Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Monday that appropriates $34 million for facility improvements at New Jersey colleges and universities, including the renovation of an academic hall at William Paterson University and the conversion of a vacant warehouse owned by Passaic County Community College into a technology center. The sum represents the balance of a $750 million general obligation bond issue that voters approved in 2012 as part of the Building Our Future Bond Act, which dedicated $300 million to Rutgers, Rowan and the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the remainder to other state colleges and universities, county colleges and private institutions. NJASCU worked with the reporter to provide the analysis and facts for this story.

NJCU Offers Free Workshops to Support Local Arts Organizations
www.NJCU.edu
March 13, 2017

NJCU Center for the Arts and the NJCU Arts Advisory Board are sponsoring a series of three free workshops, beginning in March, as part of a larger effort to support local arts organizations and artists and encourage dialogues to shape the cultural landscape of the arts in Jersey City and the region.

The series opened on Thursday, March 16 with a program on Capacity Building for Arts Organizations. The workshop, intended for those who wish to grow their arts organization, will provide a roadmap of best practices in marketing, fundraising and board development for small to mid-sized non-profit art organizations, and for all who are interested in attending.

$42.72 Billion
www.NJSpotlight.com
March 13, 2017

The latest official state borrowing totals released by the Department of Treasury last week indicated bonded debt decreased slightly during the 2016 fiscal year to $42.72 billion. For context, New Jersey’s current total for bonded debt is still among the highest of all states, and it remains larger than New Jersey’s current annual budget of $34.6 billion.

The 1 percent reduction in bonded debt from last year’s total of $43.23 billion followed a year in which the state’s Transportation Trust Fund ground to a halt for several months as Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a way to renew the fund. A 23-cent gas-tax hike was eventually enacted on November 1 to create a new source of dedicated revenue for the TTF.

State Approves Mullica Hill Hospital Next to Rowan University
CourierPostOnline.com
March 12, 2017

N.J. Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett has approved Inspira Health Network’s application to build a new 204-bed hospital on Routes 322 and 55, next to property owned by Rowan University in Mullica Hill. In a statement released Saturday, Inspira’s president and CEO, John DiAngelo, called the approval a “significant step” in the process to build a new medical center in Gloucester County. The $326 million hospital will replace Inspira’s existing hospital on North Broad Street in Woodbury, about 10 miles away.

Obamacare Repeal Could Be Bad for Business
EducationDive.com
March 10, 2017

A proposed federal healthcare plan that will replace the Affordable Care Act could mean schools will no longer face requirements for coverage of students and adjuncts. The proposed bill limits subsidies for more financially vulnerable families and eliminates the employee mandate provisions, which many observers say could help in boosting work hours for adjunct professors but could limit or eliminate coverage options at certain institutions and within certain states. The proposal allows college students to remain on parents’ plans until the age of 26 and bans denial of service for pre-existing conditions, but could weaken Medicaid support and force students to choose healthcare costs over tuition expenses.

Colleges do not have the obligation to explain healthcare law to families, and likely do not want to appear as a partisan player in a very political discussion. But there may be increasing pressure to keep students updated on changes and to make sure that they and their parents understand what the potential new rules will mean for on-campus health centers, unexpected trips to hospitals or urgent care, or prescription drugs.

There may be new freedoms as it pertains to raising student tuition or fees to contend with rising healthcare costs, but with millions of dollars at stake in costs and the potential to shift the balance of many schools budgets, campuses should look to be as transparent as possible to avoid potential labor or student advocacy protests.

Stockton Student Veterans Travel Greece Odyssey March 2017
Stockton.edu
March 10, 2017

Eighteen student veterans from Stockton University will be following in the footsteps of the legendary Greek king Odysseus when they travel to Greece this week for a specialized seminar with a travel component that is uniquely relevant to the veteran experience.

“To Ithaca: A Soldier’s Journey Home,” is a groundbreaking pilot program that provides military veterans adjusting to civilian life with a portion of much-needed recovery in an uncommon learning environment.

“This is a one of a kind program” said Tom O’Donnell, assistant dean of Students and director of Veteran Affairs. “I am so proud that Stockton once again leads the way for our wonderful veterans.”

David Roessel, professor of Greek Language and Literature, designed this course, which fits into Stockton’s Global Perspectives educational theme. He is accompanying the student veterans on their journey, along with Karen Matsinger, assistant director of Counseling, and Jason Babin, an Army veteran who is a member of the university’s veteran’s resource team and assistant director of Student Rights & Responsibilities.

William Paterson University Student-Run Radio Station Named Nation’s Best
Fios1News.com
March 8, 2017

Intercollegiate Broadcasting System at its annual conference in NYC has given the best-in-nation to William Paterson University’s student-run station WP 88.7 FM – this is the third time in the past six years that the WPU station has received this honor.

Here’s How NJ College Students Can Save $21,000 in Tuition
NJ.com
March 8, 2017

New Jersey college students who attend their first two years at a county college, then transfer to a four-year school to finish their degrees, are taking advantage of one of the biggest tuition bargains in the nation, according to a new study. New Jersey students saved an average of $20,993 by attending a county college for two years – the most in the nation, according to the study of 2014-2015 tuition rates by Student Loan Hero, a student debt website. But neither the article nor the Student Loan Hero study points out important factors other than dollars when considering higher education choices – such as graduation rates, quality, and undermatching.

Rowan College at Gloucester County Wants to Change the Two-Year School Paradigm
EducationDive.com
March 8, 2017

Rowan College at Gloucester County is looking to change the paradigm of community colleges, with expansion plans that seek to transform the traditional commuter school into a residential campus. The plans, still in the infancy stage, would add seven new buildings, including student apartments, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Partnerships with the local hospital system to expand health programs at the school as well as provide a new facility open to the public, and additions for retail space are all on the table in the new proposal. Rowan College at Gloucester County, entering its fifth decade, is rethinking itself. A plan unveiled by its president Tuesday would expand the community college’s campus with seven new buildings, including student apartments to make the school a residential college.

“Community colleges are commuter schools. What we’re proposing is to change that paradigm,” Frederick Keating, the college’s president, said. He emphasized that the plan was in its earliest stages, and a feasibility study will run through June. Information on cost will not be available until the study is complete, but Keating said funding would not come from students or taxpayers.

Candidates for Governor Struggle to Qualify for Public Funds to Take on Murphy’s Millions
NJBiz.com
Politico.com
March 8, 2017

New Jersey’s primary campaign for governor is well under way, with at least 10 candidates running for the Democratic and Republican nominations. But some of those candidates are struggling to raise enough money to receive public financing from the state, which is crucial to getting their messages out in the nation’s first and fourth most expensive media markets – and even more crucial when the front-runner has vast resources at his disposal.

So far, just two candidates have met the $430,000 threshold: Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Democrat Jim Johnson, a Montclair attorney. The deadline to qualify in the primary is April 3.

Stockton University Poll: NJ Residents for the Most Part Have Little Faith in News Media
Stockton.edu/HughesCenter
March 8, 2017

New Jersey residents for the most part believe news media across the spectrum is biased, and a large majority of them are concerned about fake news, according to a Stockton Poll released today.

Most New Jersey adults (87 percent) say they pay some or a great deal of attention to the news; and majorities say print newspapers, cable news, broadcast news, online news sites and radio do a good or excellent job of keeping them informed.

The biggest majority of news consumers (79 percent) get their news from cable TV networks, and 72 percent watch broadcast network news. Sixty-five percent read online newspapers and news websites, and 57 percent get news from the radio often or sometimes. But only 46 percent rely on print newspapers. Forty-two percent use social media to get news.

Senate Overturns Obama-Era Regulations on Teacher Preparation
WashingtonPost.com
March 8, 2017

The Senate voted 59 to 40 Wednesday to overturn Obama administration regulations meant to ensure that new K-12 public school teachers are ready for the nation’s classrooms. The House has already approved the measure, and the White House has indicated that President Trump intends to sign it.

NJCU Gains National Ranking Improving Students Economic Futures
NJCU.edu
March 8, 2017

New Jersey City University (NJCU) received high marks for improving the upward mobility and economic futures of its students, according to a recent study of the role of colleges in intergenerational mobility released by The Equality of Opportunity Project.

According to the national study, titled, “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,” NJCU ranked 23rd for intergenerational mobility within a group of 369 selective public colleges. This means NJCU graduates have a considerably enhanced likelihood of moving up two or more income quintiles into the middle or upper classes.

With 44.8 percent of the University’s student body drawn from the lowest 40 percent of household incomes, the EOP findings – coupled with the University’s Debt Free Promise – affirm NJCU’s commitment to improving the financial futures of its graduates. Launched one year ago, the NJCU Debt-Free Promise Program is designed to make college education accessible and affordable for New Jersey residents who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree as incoming, full-time freshmen students.

Report on Adult-Serving Colleges and Alternative Credentials
InsideHigherEd.com
March 6, 2017

A new study examines how six adult-serving institutions are defining and using alternative credentials such as badges, noncredit certificates and those issued for successful completion of MOOCs or coding and skills boot camps. The 30-page report, which was released today by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), the Presidents’ Forum and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), seeks to shed light on how colleges with a deep background in prior learning assessments are dealing with new and emerging forms of credentials. However, the report suggests, the six colleges, which include Thomas Edison State University and SUNY Empire State College, likely have a leg up compared to other institutions when it comes to assessing student learning that occurs on the job or outside the traditional academic classroom.

Here’s How Much Christie Gave Rutgers, Other Colleges in Final Budget
NJ.com
March 6, 2017

Gov. Chris Christie’s final budget proposal doesn’t do any favors for the state’s public colleges and universities.

Each of the 10 traditional four-year colleges plus Thomas Edison State University would see flat funding, sharing about $700 million in state aid.

Unlike New Jersey’s K-12 school funding there’s no special formula that determines how much each college gets. State funding for colleges is based largely on how much schools have received in the past regardless of enrollment growth or other changes on campus.

The article gives the proposed state funding amounts for each of the public institutions.

Editorial: Crackdown on Immigrants Could Shake Up New Jersey
NJBiz.com
March 5, 2017

According to a new study by the personal-finance website WalletHub, New Jersey ranks second in the nation (after California) in the overall positive economic impact of foreign-born residents. WalletHub studied 18 indicators – things such as the median household income of immigrants and the jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses – to come up with its rankings. Not only was New Jersey ranked second overall, but it tied for first in its percentage of foreign-born STEM workers, was No. 2 in the percentage of jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses and No. 3 in the median household income of its foreign-born population.

Professors Plan Spring Rally in Response to Installed Contract Negotiations
KUTower.com
March 4, 2017

Full-time professors at Kean University have been working without a master contract for over a year and a half. Negotiations towards a contract have been ongoing for almost two years. The current contract expired on June 30, 2015.

“We are planning for a series of actions statewide during the course of the spring semester,” said Dr. James Castiglione, President of the Kean Federation of Teachers, in an interview with The Tower. “Things have yet to be finalized but there will be a day of action.”

There are plans to rally on public university campuses statewide to raise awareness among students and the community about the lack of a contract. Faculty and staff believe working without a contract negatively affects students’ education. Dr. Castiglione believes it also negatively impacts the recruitment of talented teachers and staff members. Also, it makes retention of those teachers and staff members difficult.

A Closer Look at the Contradictions in Christie’s Proposed Budget
NJSpotlight.com
March 3, 2017

The new budget that Gov. Chris Christie proposed earlier this week for New Jersey’s next fiscal year counts on state revenues growing by about $1 billion even as a round of phased-in tax cuts enacted last year will continue to take hold.

Christie’s relatively rosy revenue outlook comes as his administration has slightly downgraded the tax-collection forecast for the current fiscal year, and after the Republican governor called for an extra $400 million in spending on road, bridge, and mass-transit projects within the next 100 days.

Several states that have enacted ambitious tax-cutting initiatives in recent years like Louisiana and Kansas have been struggling to close sizable revenue shortfalls this year. But Christie’s administration seems confident that a strengthening state and national economy will help to sustain another spending increase in New Jersey even as the cuts to the sales tax and several other state revenue sources are widening.

Whether that outlook will hold true remains to be seen, but if it doesn’t, any problems will likely fall to the next governor since Christie is due to leave office in early 2018. With crucial April income-tax collections for the current fiscal year looming, lawmakers say they’re reserving judgment on Christie’s growth estimates for now.

In all, Christie’s $35.5 billion fiscal year 2018 budget projects increases in all three of the state’s “Big 3” revenue sources, which are the income, sales, and corporate-business taxes. Despite widening tax cuts impacting both the income and sales taxes, Christie is projecting income-tax revenue to improve by nearly $500 million and sales-tax collections to rise by more than $150 million during the 2018 fiscal year, which begins in July.

A Real-Life Sustainability Experiment at Stockton
RTForty.com
March 2, 2017

A project at Stockton University is working toward giving students a real-life, tangible profession. Students can work on the Stockton farm as interns, earning credits for courses, and learning skills that they could use professionally. The longer-term goal is to learn how to farm as efficiently as possible on the land that is available in the area, and to pass that knowledge on to students. With a $40,000 loan for tools, and one to two acres, it should be possible to pay back that money within a couple of years.

“Land is not hard to get to farm – it’s hard to get to own, but it’s not hard to get to farm,” said Ron Hutchison, an associate professor of sustainability and biology who also helps coordinate Stockton’s Sustainable Farm. “We’d really like to send our students out with a checklist of things that they need: If you can get a loan from the bank for $40,000 and you have access to land, here’s the tools you need, have at it.”

Is Teacher Preparation in New Jersey Failing Students with Disabilities?
NJSpotlight.com
March 2, 2017

The need for teachers who have both the knowledge and the ability to teach special education students is more critical today than ever before. A national push to take students with disabilities out of isolation means most now spend the majority of their days in general education classrooms, rather than in separate, special education classes. That means general education teachers are teaching more students with disabilities. But training programs are doing little to prepare teachers.

Stockton Students Hear from Matthew Sandusky, Adopted Son of Jerry Sandusky
PressofAtlanticCity.com
March 2, 2017

Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky, detailed his own abuse and warned against the dangers of child sex abuse during an event on March 2, 2017 at Stockton University. Stockton students were inspired to join the foundation started by Matthew and his wife to combat the horrors of child abuse.

There’s a New Org on Campus
CougarsByte.com
March 2, 2017

A progressive step was taken last semester on the campus of Kean University and in the community of the computing sciences field. In October of 2016, a new organization was established; it is an extension of a pre-existing campus organization while simultaneously being an independent association.

The organization is Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W) Student Chapter Program, not to be confused with its fellow campus chapter Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Both chapters recognized by the global ACM society, the two share the same focus: give a boost to people’s interest and insight in computing science.

There is one leading objective that separates ACM-W from ACM: a foundation of promoting women in the computing career field. Regardless of gender, all who wish to lessen this gender gap can become members of ACM-W. No one should be discouraged to join ACM-W.

http://www.cougarsbyte.com/article/2017/03/theres-a-new-org-on-campus

The Transgender Issue of Bathrooms
RamapoNews.com
March 1, 2017

Jullian Todd Weiss, a Ramapo College professor and the Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, recently appeared on Fox News in a discussion on Obama’s transgender bathroom policy. When asked about whether or not gender identity was an easy and static change, Dr. Weiss, who is a transgender person, responded by saying “People make this decision after a lot of serious consideration. They see medical doctors, there’s psychologists involved. There’s a lot to think about. It’s not an easy process.”

At Ramapo College some students are advocating for more inclusiveness. Grace Maute, a junior at Ramapo, is currently working with the institution to install additional gender inclusive restrooms on campus. Currently, there are eight restrooms that have this designation, but according to Ms. Maute there is an absence of facilities in the Student Center. Ms. Maute indicated that her efforts would be directed toward installing gender inclusive facilities on the second floor of the Student Center.

Editorial: U.S. Constitution Still Finds Respect in New Jersey – For Now
NJ.com
By Times of Trenton Editorial Board
March 1, 2017

The Times of Trenton Editorial Board is opposing the frightening concept of a proposed bill in the Iowa State Legislature – and being considered by other states – to force faculty members seeking jobs at public universities to state their party affiliation before being hired. The Des Moines Register and other media organizations report that the Republican-sponsored bill would direct the office of the Secretary of State to provide voter registration lists to colleges to allow them to check before the hiring process gets under way. The law would impose a hiring freeze until the number of registered Republicans and Democrats fall within 10 percent of each other.

This would be merely a wacky idea if it were not so chilling – and so insidious. Excuse us for believing that universities should be free to hire the best academics for the job, no matter what their politics are. Imagine if the administrators at The College of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stockton University, among other fine examples of the state’s higher ed system, had to operate under those restrictions.


Christie’s Proposed FY 2018 Budget Maintains Higher Ed Funding at FY 2017 Level; TAG Increased But No Structural Changes to Program
www.NJASCU.org
February 28, 2017

Overall, the FY 2018 budget would maintain higher education funding at a total of $2.2 billion. But Governor Christie’s proposal to use NJ lottery funds for pension funding raises concerns for higher education funding.

Operating aid to each of the senior public colleges and universities would stay largely the same as in FY 2017. The Budget in Brief indicates, the only institutional reductions represent one-time payments made in FY 2017: $2.5 million to Rowan University for its Center for Research and Education in Advance Transportation Engineering ($2 million), and new academic buildings operated by the Rowan University – Rutgers Camden Board of Governors ($500,000); and $1 million to Rutgers University for Rutgers-Camden’s School of Business facility.

With regard to the State’s major financial-aid programs, funding for Tuition Aid Grants would increase $15.7 million over FY 2017, to a total of $419.4 million. Awards at all levels of need would increase 2 percent over FY 2017 award levels, and the program is projected to support more than 68,000 students.

The Educational Opportunity Fund’s grants and scholarships would be cut $3.565 million (8.4 percent), slightly more than the $3.035 million added by the legislature to the EOF program in FY 2017.

The governor’s proposal to use lottery money to make a $2.5 billion pension contribution – an increase of $647 million over Fiscal Year 2017’s contribution, but only half of what is actuarially required – raises concerns over funding for higher education. In Fiscal Year 2015 (the most recent data available), revenues from the State Lottery paid for $543.059 million in higher education services.


No New Taxes, Spending in Christie’s $35.5B Budget, But He Floats Some Novel Plans
NJSpotlight.com
March 1, 2017

Gov. Chris Christie put forward a plain-vanilla, $35.5 billion state budget yesterday that calls for no new tax increases or tax cuts, and only flat funding in a number of key areas, including for schools, property tax relief programs, municipalities and colleges and universities.

But Christie, in the final budget address of his two-term tenure, also shook up the State House by floating a series of new proposals along with the new spending plan, including one that would see lottery revenues redirected to the grossly underfunded public-employee pension system. He also called on Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurance company, to voluntarily contribute to his efforts to fund addiction services.

NJ Pension Debt Soared to $49B Last Year
NJBiz.com
NJ.com
February 28, 2017

New Jersey’s government worker pension funds lost a lot of ground last year, as the state’s pension debt rose from $43.8 billion to $49.1 billion, newly released actuarial reports reviewed by NJ Advance Media show. Even as Gov. Chris Christie made a record-high contribution to the pension system, the state’s unfunded liabilities climbed ever higher, making the outlook for the weakest public pension system in the country appear worse still. The pension fund lost nearly 1 percent on its investments last year, and the state still contributed far less than what’s recommended. And notably, the state winds up owing more because the treasurer reduced the funds’ long-term assumed rate of return on its investments.

NJCU School of Business is Hosting Innovative Women’s Conference in May
www.NJCU.edu
February 28, 2017

Dr. Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University (NJCU) announced that the university’s newly launched NJCU School of Business will host “One World: Empowering Women for the Global Conversation.” JP Morgan Chase & Co is the lead sponsor.

The event will be held at the NJCU Hudson River waterfront Harborside location of the Mack-Cali complex in Jersey City, May 17-19. Three hundred and fifty businesswomen from the tristate area are scheduled to attend to explore Womenomics: Making the Case for Women in the Workforce. Participants will learn from iconic leaders how financial access, healthcare, education, leadership and entrepreneurship are shaping the future roles of women in the global economy.

One World is an outgrowth of the international network built by Dr. Henderson and Daryl Rand, Chairman of Friends of India: USA, Inc. through a decade of trade missions to India to foster the cultural exchange of ideas and best practices.

Dr. Henderson noted, “The One World conference presents an opportunity for a timely discussion on global equality. As the first female President at New Jersey City University, I know firsthand the importance of sharing experiences, insights, resources and opportunities that will help to inform how we progress in our professional and personal lives …. This is also a goal for the university community and for the grater community, both domestic and abroad, which the institution serves. We are honored to host this global conversation, and look forward to doing so on the Jersey City waterfront at our School of Business.”

Daryl Rand and the HarisonRand team, the Hudson County, NJ based marketing and communications company and the State’s longest operating advertising agency, are responsible for the branding and management of the multi-faceted program. Major highlights include a strong focus on technology with Skype and live feed sessions with women leaders in India, China, Ecuador and Italy.

For further information, please register at http://oneworldforwomen.org/

Stockton University Honored with Two CASE Awards
www.Stockton.edu
February 28, 2017

Stockton’s “Presidential Vision Tour: A Distinctive Vision: Embracing Stockton’s Future,” and Jessica Kowal, executive director of Development and Alumni Affairs, were recognized on Monday with 2017 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II awards.

The Vision Tour received a Silver Award in Best Practices in Alumni Relations and a Bronze Award in the Special Events category.

Ms. Kowal, a resident of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, was honored as the CASE District II Professional of the Year.

CASE is the professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement of professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. The awards were presented during the CASE District II annual conference in Baltimore, February 26-28, 2017.

“Resistance” Group Wants Ramapo Declared a Sanctuary School
NJ.com
February 26, 2017

A group of five Ramapo College students want the school to declare itself a so-called sanctuary campus for undocumented students and staff.

A spokesman for the Ramapo Resistance group plans to deliver the petition, which so far has 200 signatures, to school officials, including College President Dr. Peter Philip Mercer, who earlier this month said the school and students face the risk of losing funds over the title.

“Declaring ourselves a sanctuary campus, which while it is a term not formally defined, could place us at risk of losing federal funding,” Dr. Mercer said in his state of the college address. “And, while we have a robust endowment, it is by no means sufficient to offset the resources our students receive from the federal government.”

Funds Prevent Colleges from Becoming Sanctuaries
RamapoNews.com
February 26, 2017

Since Donald J. Trump’s ascension to the presidency, there has been a concerted effort carried out by students, activists, faculty members, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program benefactors and undocumented immigrants to inhibit and challenge the President’s program of deportation. A cascade of entities have declared themselves as “sanctuaries.” According to a report by CNN, over 80 colleges and universities have declared their status as a “sanctuary campus” so far (USA Today). Since there is no legal basis for a “sanctuary,” there is no consensus over the definition of the status and the petitions that have been circulated in colleges and universities have varied in terms of policies.

Referring to this notion of a “sanctuary campus” is a bill sponsored by Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (Congress). This bill is part of the Republican effort that aims to actuate President Trump’s promises to defund sanctuaries. H.R. 483, which is titled “No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act,” aims to block federal funding from reaching institutions that have declared themselves “sanctuaries.” Trump’s verbal threat and Republican congressional efforts have scared an inhibited additional institutions from declaring themselves “sanctuaries.”

This is the main concern around the discussion of Ramapo College becoming a “sanctuary campus.” While not completely opposed to the idea, President Peter Mercer is worried about the risk to the college.

“If we were at risk of losing federal funding, our endowment would by no means be sufficient to offset the resources that our students would otherwise receive,” President Mercer said.



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“Stockton Safe” Provides a Safe Zone for all Students, Faculty and Staff Regardless of Immigration Status - Stockton.edu (February 24, 2017)
Stockton to Pay $132,000 for Boardwalk Hall Graduation - PressofAtlanticCity.com (February 23, 2017)
Mark Lender Named Finalist 2017 George Washington Prize - News.Kean.edu (February 23, 2017)
Opinion: The Coming Federalization of NJ Pension and Benefits Crisis - NJSpotlight.com (February 23, 2017)
Anita Hill to Speak at William Paterson University - NorthJersey.com (February 17, 2017)
Students, Administration at Stockton Agree to “Stockton Safe” - Stockton.edu/news (February 17, 2017)
Rowan Professor Lands Prestigious Science Center Grant - NJBMagazine.com (February 17, 2017)
Rhode Island: Tuition-Free College Proposal Moving Forward - AASCU.org (February 17, 2017)
While Education Simmers in DC, NJ Quietly Puts Together its ESSA Proposal - NJSpotlight.com (February 16, 2017)

Twenty-0ne William Paterson University Honors Students to Present Their Research at Conferences Across the Country in Spring 2017 - WPUNJ.edu (February 16, 2017)

Top NJ CEO’s Talk About Leadership Challenges - Web.cianj.org/events (February 15, 2017)

President Gitenstein Announces Advisory Commission on Social Justice: Race and Educational Attainment - News.TCNJ.edu (February 14, 2017)

Comparing Rowan and Stockton Universities - RTForty.com (February 14, 2017)
Stockton University Garners Award for Its Gateway Project - SNJToday.com (February 14, 2017)
William Paterson University Honored as “Military Friendly School” - WPUNJU.edu (February 13, 2017)
Chabad at Stockton University Purchases New Center - Lubavitch.com (February 10, 2017)
U.S. Senator Cory Booker Meets Kean University Students at the “Pizza with City” Town Hall - News.Kean.edu (February 10, 2017)
Kean Students Plant Seeds for Spring at Warinanco Park - NJ.com (February 10, 2017)
Can NJ Colleges Deliver ‘Income Mobility’ to Poor Students? - NJSpotlight.com (February 9, 2017)
William Paterson Art Exhibit Takes on Race and Gender - NorthJersey.com (February 8, 2017)
Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Next U.S. Secretary of Education - EducationDive.com (February 7, 2017)

NJCU Launches Master’s Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science - NJBMagazine.com (February 6, 2017)

Politicians Call for More Apprenticeships to Fill Need for Skilled Labor - NJBIZ.com (February 6, 2017)

Career Fair Plus App - Montclair.edu (February 4, 2017)

Mahwah College Students Encouraged to Create Future of Their Dreams Paramus.DailyVoice.com (February 3, 2017)

Immigration Order Could Come with $700 Million Price Tag for Colleges - EducationDive.com (February 2, 2017)

Carol Blazejowski Elected to New Jersey Hall of Fame – Montclair State University - Montclair.edu (February 2, 2017)

Kean University Celebrates Black History Month with the Performing and Visual Arts - Kean.edu (February 1, 2017)

How Montclair Professor and William Paterson Professor are Helping Syrian Refugees Settled in New Jersey Through Food and Friendship BaristaNet.com (January 31, 2017)

Montclair State University Professor Pankaj Lal Receives Prestigious Presidential Award - InnovationNJ.net (January 31, 2017)
TCNJ Ranks Among Best in US for Student Loan Repayment Success TCNJ.edu (January 31, 2017)
Film Critics Coming to MSU to Give Their Take on Oscars NJ.com (January 31, 2017)

Court Fight Over Proposed Health Campus CourierPostOnline.com (January 25, 2017)

Will NJ’s Undocumented Students Be Punished for Following the Rules? - NJSpotlight.com (December 18, 2016)

Why NJ Colleges That Serve Illegal Immigrants Refuse to Call Themselves 'Sanctuary Campuses' - New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio (December 7, 2016)

College Students Fear Deportation or Loss of Rights -Philly.com (November 21, 2016)

NJASCU Executive Director Michael Klein Featured in NJTV Broadcast on NJ Student Debt - NJTVOnline.org (November 15, 2016)

Op-Ed: What Can Be Done to Increase College Value and Student Success? - NJSpotlight.com (November 15, 2016)





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