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Anita Hill to Speak at William Paterson University
February 17, 2017

Anita Hill believes conversations can make a difference that the exchange of ideas and personal stories can lead to change, that speaking up and creating a public discussion can have an impact large and small. Ms. Hill, who in 1991 accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and testified during his confirmation hearings, will give a talk entitled "Reimagining Equality: Inclusive Communities in Post-Obama America" at William Paterson University on Friday, Feb. 24. She will also speak privately with WPU students before her event.

Rhode Island: Tuition-Free College Proposal Moving Forward
February 17, 2017

In her State of the State address last month, Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) proposed two tuition-free years for full-time students from Rhode Island at the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College or the University of Rhode Island. By the year 2020, more than 70 percent of the jobs available in the state will require some type of postsecondary credential, yet only 45 percent of residents have any postsecondary education. Raimondo argues that her plan could accelerate the state's progress and benefit the state through higher tax revenues, lower unemployment rates, higher rates of homeownership, and lower levels of criminal behavior. According to the state's Department of Education, over 90 percent of high school seniors say they want to go to college and only 65 percent do, and the reason for non-participation is mainly financial. The Rhode Island House Finance Committee is expected to take up the issue on March 15.
The Newport Daily News (Date posted: February 15, 2017)

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

Twenty-one William Paterson University honors students will be presenting their research at three conferences this spring 2017, in disciplines ranging from psychology to communication disorders to music. Conferences include the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Boston, MA from March 16 to 18; the National Council on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN from April 6 to 8; and the Northeast Regional Honors Conferences in Pittsburgh, PA from April 6 to 9.

“Faculty are emphasizing opportunities for all students to present at conferences, where they can participate in panels and poster sessions and obtain feedback from experts in their academic field,” says Barbara Andrew, interim director of the William Paterson Honors College and a professor of philosophy. “We have doubled the number of students presenting at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference from two years ago” reports Professor Andrew.


Top NJ CEO’s Talk About Leadership Challenges


February 15, 2017


William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron is among the New Jersey CEOs to participate in a roundtable discussion led by Steve Adubato on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10 a.m. at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights.

Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Next U.S. Secretary of Education
February 7, 2017

In a 51-50 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Though Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Democrats in voting against Ms. DeVos, a 24-hour debate and record phone calls were unable to sway another member of the GOP. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. The Michigan billionaire’s nomination for the role was highly controversial due to her lack of experience working in the public school system, her opposition to charter school regulation, and her advocacy of voucher programs in multiple states, leading to concerns around public school privatization. It is also worth considering that under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the influence of the U.S. Secretary of Education is limited given the law’s focus on giving decision-making power back to states. How much Ms. DeVos would be able to accomplish under that law is still a matter of debate.

NJCU Launches Master’s Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science
February 6, 2017

The NJCU School of Business at New Jersey City University has launched a Master of Science degree program in Business Analytics and Data Science designed to prepare students for careers in the burgeoning field of data analytics.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics and Data Science program will prepare students with the skills needed to gather, store, analyze and interpret large amounts of “Big Data” to facilitate informed business decision-making.

The program will be fully geared towards practice and can be completed within 16 months as part of a full-time cohort-based program, or over a two-year period on a part-time basis. Students will complete eight core data analytics courses and four electives culminating in a capstone project that applies their knowledge to a real world data science problem.

Politicians Call for More Apprenticeships to Fill Need for Skilled Labor
February 6, 2017

New Jersey’s federal and state politicians are proposing plans to expand apprenticeship programs, through public-private partnership funding, in order to fill skilled labor jobs that remain vacant in the U.S. When asked what effect a push to expand apprenticeships would have on the higher education system in the country, NJ Senator Cory Booker replied that it, too, needed change.

“We need to reimagine our entire higher education system,” he said. “I think that we are really falling behind. This idea of training people for jobs that don’t exist anymore is just not acceptable. We are in, no exaggeration, we are in a crisis point in America right now.”

Career Fair Plus App
February 4, 2017

Montclair State Career Fair Plus App is a complete mobile solution that will allow students to research companies, navigate the job fairs and get event alerts, all while on the go!

Mahwah College Students Encouraged to Create Future of Their Dreams

February 3, 2017

Kanye Balkrishna, the co-founder and president of The Future Project, a movement calling on young people to create the future of their dreams, was the keynote speaker at Ramapo College’s annual diversity convocation at the beginning of February. The initiative dispatches trained leaders into schools across the country and charges them with mobilizing students and staff to channel their passions into projects that positively impact their schools and communities.

Immigration Order Could Come with $700 Million Price Tag for Colleges


February 2, 2017


A new report estimates that enrollment and faculty recruitment could be hampered by the new rule, and colleges could see dramatic losses in tuition and research revenue.

Carol Blazejowski Elected to New Jersey Hall of Fame – Montclair State University
February 2, 2017

Women’s basketball icon and Montclair State University Associate Vice President for External Relations Carol Blazejowksi, ’78 has been elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, adding yet another milestone to her career.

Regarded as one of the greatest women’s basketball players in history, she became a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. The three-time All-American joins news anchor Connie Chung, musician Wyclef Jean and actor Ray Liotta among the members of the 2017 class.

Kean University Celebrates Black History Month with the Performing and Visual Arts

News on Campus – Kean University
February 1, 2017

Kean University is celebrating Black History Month and the tremendous contributions people of African descent have made to this nation and the world. All are invited to Kean’s Union campus for a variety of events throughout the month of February that will celebrate and illuminate the black experience in the United States and tackle important social justice issues.

Kean University offers a variety of theatre, dance, art exhibits, lectures and other cultural programming all year round. Kean’s Black History Month lectures and exhibits are free and open to the public. www.kean.edu

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

Montclair and Maplewood residents Melina Macall – a professor at William Paterson University – and Kate McCaffrey – an anthropology professor at Montclair State University – have created the Syria Supper Club to show support and solidarity with Syrian refugees who have settled in New Jersey. A lovely dinner is prepared by one or more of the area’s new Syrian neighbors who share their traditional cooking skills in a table full of traditional Syrian food. Residents sign up to host, and/or attend the dinner, breaking bread with the family. Participants can enjoy food, conversation, and fun cultural exchange.

These meals have presented an opportunity for people who have been defined for too long as victims to share knowledge and skills unique to them, and for recipients to become partners in fundraising efforts to set them on a path of greater independence and confidence in their new lives here in New Jersey.

Montclair State University Professor Pankaj Lal Receives Prestigious Presidential Award
January 31, 2017

Pankaj Lal, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and associate director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, is among 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The awards, announced by President Obama on January 9, are the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on federally funded science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research centers.

TCNJ Ranks Among Best in US for Student Loan Repayment Success
January 31, 2017

The College of New Jersey ranks 24th among all public institutions in the nation for graduates with the lowest student loan default rates, according to a new study published by the Student Loan Report. Among public schools offering baccalaureate degrees, TCNJ ranks 11th nationally and is first in New Jersey.

The college’s strong showing in this ranking is a reflection on the degree to which it prepares students for success following graduation.

Film Critics Coming to MSU to Give Their Take on Oscars
January 31, 2017

On Thursday, February 9, about two weeks before the awards ceremony happens on Sunday, February 26, Montclair State University will bring together four people who are well-versed about the Oscars. “Reel Montclair: Academy Award Edition,” starting at 7:30 p.m. in the John J. Cali School of Music, Leshowitz Hall, is where veteran film critics Stephen Whitty (Star Ledger, The Daily News), Alison Bailes (Sirius XM Insight, More), Stephanie Zacharek (Time Magazine) and Eric Kohn (Indiewire) will discuss the films and performances that have earned Oscar nominations, along with the larger world of filmmaking.

 Public Colleges and Universities are Engines of Economic Success for Students of Working-Class Backgrounds


January 22, 2017


Op-ed column by David Leonhardt, managing editor of The New York Times "Upshot" venture that focuses on politics, policy and economics. 


According to this extremely important and well researched opinion piece in The New York Times (Sunday, January 22, 2017), op-ed columnist David Leonhardt essentially says that public colleges and universities are the big and little engines that could and do.


“We are the engine of the ability to be socially mobile,” Baruch’s president, Mitchel B. Wallerstein, said. Most Baruch graduates, he added, are making more money than their parents as soon as they start their first post-college job.


The universities that educate students from modest backgrounds face big challenges, particularly state budget cuts. Change in per-student funding of higher education in the 15 largest states, 2008–2016, finds New Jersey at minus 23 percent, putting NJ in the bottom quarter of the 15 states providing dollars to their institutions of higher education.


In spite of the funding challenges, many of the public institutions remain deeply impressive institutions that continue to push many Americans into the middle class and beyond — many more, in fact, than elite colleges that receive far more attention.


Where does this optimistic conclusion come from? The most comprehensive study of college graduates yet conducted, based on millions of anonymous tax filings and financial-aid records. Published Wednesday, the study tracked students from nearly every college in the country (including those who failed to graduate), measuring their earnings years after they left campus. The paper is the latest in a burst of economic research made possible by the availability of huge data sets and powerful computers.


To take just one encouraging statistic: At City College, in Manhattan, 76 percent of students who enrolled in the late 1990s and came from families in the bottom fifth of the income distribution have ended up in the top three-fifths of the distribution. These students entered college poor. They left on their way to the middle class and often the upper middle class.

The problems are real: The new study — by a team of economists led by Raj Chetty of Stanford — shows that many colleges indeed fail to serve their students well. Dropout rates are high, saddling students with debt but no degree. For-profit colleges perform the worst, and a significant number of public colleges also struggle. Even at the strong performers, too many students fall by the wayside. 


Improving higher education should be a national priority.


But the success stories remain real, nonetheless. and they’re fairly common. The earnings gap between four-year college graduates and everyone else has soared in recent decades. The unemployment rate for college graduates today is a mere 2.5 percent.


Some of NJ’s Top Educators Inspire Those With Passion to Teach
January 26, 2017

Books and diplomas alone can’t make a great teacher, or even a good one for that matter. And yet, almost paradoxically, excellence in teaching can be learned. That’s one of the most important takeaways of the recent New Jersey Future Educators Conference at Montclair State University.

2016 Investment Returns for Public-Employee Pension Up 7%, Much Better Than in 2015
January 26, 2017

The board that oversees New Jersey’s beleaguered public-employee pension system received some good news yesterday as new figures showed overall investment returns finished ahead by about 7 percent last year. New Jersey’s pension system – which 785,000 current and retired workers rely on to cover their retirements – is currently underfunded by an estimated $44 billion, according to the state’s calculations, and much more by some other estimates. The pension system was also ranked as the worst-funded state pension fund in the United States by Bloomberg, falling below both those of Kentucky and Illinois.

To help address the funding problem, Governor Chris Christie recently enacted a bipartisan bill that will require the state to begin making its employer pension contributions on a quarterly basis instead of all at once at the end of the fiscal year, which is the current practice. That change, set to begin in the 2017 fiscal year, should help generate better long-term investment returns by getting more money into the system earlier in the fiscal year since full years with negative returns are generally rare.

In all, the pension system saw returns totaling 7.09 percent in 2016, up from 0.64 percent measured the year before, according to the figures released during yesterday’s meeting. The turnaround was even more impressive compared to the 2016 fiscal year returns, which came in 0.93 percent in the net.

Non-Traditional Grad Paths Prompt MSU to Add Winter Commencement


January 25, 2017


According to Montclair State University officials, there is a growing trend among students – not graduating in the traditional four years.  More and more students are graduating on different schedules.  That, combined with increasing enrollment at the school, which reached 21,000 students this year, prompted Montclair State to switch its commencement schedule this year from a one-ceremony event, to a three-ceremony plan – including one in January.

Court Fight Over Proposed Health Campus

January 25, 2017

A court fight is under way over the development of a health sciences campus in Camden. The Rowan University-Rowan Camden Board of Governors field eminent-domain lawsuits Monday to force the sale of eight storefronts on the 200 block of Broadway.

The targeted sites are on the block’s eastern side, across from a cleared area where the board plans to build a $70-million, 100,000-square-foot complex.

With Lead Testing Complete, Rowan Admin Plan Next Steps in Purifying Water
January 25, 2017

After a full semester of analyzing the water quality of every building on campus, Rowan University has finished its final rounds of testing, according to Vice President of University Relations Joe Cardona. Now, Rowan officials are planning their next move in order to remove all traces of lead from the school’s water supply.

Rutgers Advocacy Effort Calls for Bridge Act
January 25, 2017

Students at Rutgers University have sent more than 6,000 letters to their U.S. senators and representatives in support of a bill that would provide “provisional protected presence” and employment authorization to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The students sent the letters through a Rutgers portal in response to a “call to action” from President Robert Barchi alerting students of an opportunity to advocate for the BRIDGE Act, which would provide temporary legal status to beneficiaries of former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the event President Trump overturns it via an executive order.

Trump Targets ACA on Day 1; NJ Democrats Coordinate Response
January 23, 2017

It took President Donald Trump just hours after taking the oath of office to sign an executive order directing federal officials to do what is possible to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. And while experts differ on the impact of this action alone, Democratic leaders in New Jersey are wasting no time in spelling out what a repeal of the landmark law – or other federal reforms envisioned by the new president – will mean for the Garden State. College presidents may have to reassess the health insurance accessibility for its students.

Decoding DeVos: What New Education Secretary Could Mean for New Jersey
January 20, 2017

No doubt, Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for new Education Secretary, will bring a very pro-charter sensibility to the federal Department of Education.

That’s hardly a big shift; President Barack Obama and his education secretaries were also supportive of charters. But a Trump administration appears to want to step that up a notch, including a possible infusion of tens of billions of dollars into the choice movement. One promise from Trump was a $20 billion grant program, although how that would work has never been detailed.

For New Jersey, that could mean some mobilization of what is already a strong charter movement of more than 80 schools and 40,000 students. A massive grant program to further expand charters or even bring back private-school vouchers could force the state to move in some novel directions that will bring a very pro-charter sensibility to the federal Department of Education.

A Workhorse University Becomes a Thoroughbred

January 19, 2017

The profile on Dr. Susan Cole, who took over the presidency of Montclair State University in 1998 describes how she has evolved in the job and transformed the university.

Guadagno Launches Run for Governor, Gives Christie the Jersey Swerve
January 18, 2017

Kim Guadagno, New Jersey’s first-ever lieutenant governor, formally announced that she will run for governor at a crowded La Playa restaurant in Keansburg on Tuesday.

The Republican talked about the need for thrift and how she will work on pensions, foreclosures, poverty, and on lowering taxes. “Some of the candidates for governor have already promised to raise your taxes on the most taxed people in the country. We can do better,” she said.

What Lt. Gov. Guadagno did not talk about – at least by name – was her boss, Gov. Chris Christie. However, she criticized his plan for a $300 million renovation of the State House. “We simply do not have the money to turn the State House into the Palace of Versailles,” she said. She also gave a thumbs-down to the Hudson-Bergen light rail project that Christie supports.

Some might even see a dig at the governor – for his travels around the country in search of the Republican presidential nomination last year – in Lt. Gov. Guadagno’s statement that “You want your governor to be committed to making New Jersey a place for families, who strives to do better, who answers the phone, who is there in a crisis, who walks in your shoes, who cares fearlessly and without exception about you and only you.”

Thomas Edison, MCCC Partner to Offer 4-Year Nursing Degree

January 17, 2017

Mercer County Community College students can now earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in four years, thanks to a new partnership with Thomas Edison State University. The presidents from both schools signed the agreement Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The program will allow graduates of MCCC’s Nursing Education Program to transfer and apply up to 90 credits to the online RN-BSN program at TESU.

Rowan University Partners with HigherEducation.com to Offer New Online Bachelor’s Degree
January 17, 2017

Rowan University has partnered with HigherEducation.com to extend its online degree offerings with two new online bachelor’s degree completion programs: a BA in Psychology and a BA in Law and Justice.

January 17, 2017
Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole delivered the keynote address on January 13 at The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity’s 46th annual Memorial Breakfast Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The first organization to recognize the civil rights leader with an annual event, a tradition that began in 1971, the YMCA welcomed the president of New Jersey’s second-largest higher education institution as part of the morning event.

“In the room this morning are gathered many of the people who care deeply about the future of this city and its people, and we are gathering at a moment in time when the nation’s first black presidency is coming to a close, and when, both as a state and as a nation, we appear to be a bit confused about who we are as a people, and we appear to have lost a sense of certainty about how to find the road to a better future,” said Dr. Cole to the crowd of local leaders and community members.  “As I think of Dr. King and what he achieved and where we are now, I find myself thinking of something that Eleanor Roosevelt said.  She said, ‘We should rejoice in the accomplishments of those before us, be proud of the heritage that we inherit, but be always vigilant that the future is ours alone to make.’ The future is ours alone to make.”

Nominations Open for Unsung New Jersey Heroes
January 17, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted through Friday, February 17 for the 21st Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award.

New Jerseyans who have made a significant difference in their communities through a lifetime of service or a single heroic act are eligible for cash awards of up to $50,000. Members of the community are invited to nominate New Jersey residents whose deeds, carried out in the state, make them worthy of the honor. The Russell Berrie Foundation sponsors the program.

Established in 1996 by the late Russell Berrie, founder of Russ Berrie and Company, Inc. and the Russell Berrie Foundation, and Ramapo College of New Jersey, the awards honor “unsung heroes” statewide. Up to 11 individuals will be recognized for making a significant difference to the well-being of their community during the annual spring award ceremony at Ramapo College in Mahwah.

The Russell Berrie Foundation will provide three major monetary awards of $50,000, $35,000, and $25,000, and up to eight runners-up receive $5,000 each.

Free College? One Man’s Vision Reaches Long Branch High School
January 16, 2017

Give Something Back Foundation, founded by Princeton philanthropist Bob Carr in 2003, has paid the way for more than 1,000 college grads. Candidates must be Pell Grant-eligible, meaning a family income of $45,000 or less. Foster children and those with incarcerated parents receive priority consideration. Once selected, students must maintain a B average throughout high school. The foundation pays the entire collegiate tab in advance at a discounted tuition rate. Six Garden State colleges are on board: Rowan, The College of New Jersey, Saint Peter’s, Montclair State, William Paterson and NJIT. Each school will take 50 students, for a total of 600.

Hughes Center Speakers Bureau Offers Stockton Experts for Events

News from Campuses

January 13, 2017


The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University reminds the public that the center can provide policy experts to speak at events and to New Jersey groups.


The Hughes Center Speakers Bureau features Stockton faculty and staff members who are available to address numerous public policy topics and issues related to government and politics.  Other areas of specialty include health care, foreign affairs, climate change, tourism and gaming, civil rights and workforce issues.

Pinelands Short Course Adds Van Tour, More Cultural History
January 15, 2017

The Pinelands Commission in collaboration with Stockton University has added a half-day guided van tour of the Mullica River watershed and new classes on the environment and local history to its 28th annual Pinelands Short Course, March 11 at Stockton University in Galloway Township.

New Jersey MLK Day Park Cleanup

January 16, 2017

William Paterson University students came out in record numbers to participate in community service initiatives on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Instead of taking the day off, students were turned on to helping others by working hard at a variety of community clean up and repair projects.

WMBC (Mountain Broadcasting) TV featured our students who volunteered on Martin Luther King Day in a report including a nice interview with Maribel Rodriguez. Here’s a video clip.

Montclair Launches NEST Mobile App
January 13, 2017

Montclair State University has announced the arrival of its new campus app, NEST Mobile. The app is available for iOS and Android devices that enables users to view all the same resources that were previously available on the desktop version of NEST. Features included in the NEST app are intended to make academic life easier to manage for Montclair Students.

Guadagno Joins GOP Governor’s Race, Ciattarelli Says Cancer Will Slow Him


January 13, 2017


Two major developments Thursday reshaped this year’s GOP gubernatorial primary: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno filed the necessary paperwork to officially join the race and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli announced that his own campaign activities will slow down this month while he receives treatment for cancer.


Lt. Gov. Guadagno was long considered to be eyeing a run for governor, especially after joining a nonprofit “think tank” last year that many viewed as a precursor to a 2017 campaign.  Paperwork filed with the New Jersey Election Law Commission yesterday made her candidacy official.  Asm. Ciattarelli revealed that he recently had surgery for cancer and is undergoing radiation treatment after being diagnosed with cancer affecting his tonsils and throat.  Mr. Ciattarelli (R-Somerset) said he’s confident his prognosis is a good one because treatment for oropharyngeal cancer has a 90 percent success rate.  His radiation treatments will last through the end of the month.

Guadagno Formally Files to Run for Governor


January 12, 2017


After months of speculation, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has formally entered the race to be New Jersey’s next governor.

Gov. Cuomo’s Free Tuition Plan Won’t Help New York’s State of Mind


January 12, 2017


Cuomo has proposed to offer free tuition at any State University of New York (SUNY) community college or four-year campus.  While this latest incarnation of a free-college plan adds a component that is a step in the right direction – an income cap that would limit the funds to students from a family income of $100,000 this year, ultimately rising to $125,000 – it is still likely to focus much of its benefits on subsidizing students who would be attending college otherwise.  Cuomo’s proposal would provide no additional benefits to these students, as his proposal covers tuition alone, not other aspects of the cost of attending college, such as residence hall and dining hall fees, and transportation costs.  Instead, the bulk of the funds would go to students from families who make well above the median income, who currently receive less grant aid.

Bergen Native Named Student Nurse of the Year
January 11, 2017

Katerina Korunovski, a Garfield native, was named the March of Dimes’ student nurse of the year. Korunovski is a senior and is slated to graduate in May. She was the only student awardee in a field that included more than 200 nominees in various categories.

January 9, 2017
After seven full years with Christie in office, New Jersey property taxes remain the most expensive in the nation while rebates have been reduced.  That state's unemployment rate remains higher than the national average, and the public-employee pension system is also still in big trouble despite Christie's one-time reform efforts.  The Christie administration has become the latest in Trenton to be tarnished by scandal.

Montclair State University Professor Receives Prestigious Presidential Award


January 9, 2017


Pankaj Lal, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and associate director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, is among 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).  The awards, announced by President Obama on January 9, are the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on federally funded science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

Tween Tech Offers Girls Reasons to Love Science


January 6, 2017


More than 220 girls in grades seven and eight attended the second Tween Tech on January 6, 2017 sponsored by the American Association of University Women and Stockton University.  The event introduces girls to the possibilities of a career in the sciences.

A Promising Proposal for Free Tuition


January 5, 2017


Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised an exciting possibility on Tuesday when he unveiled a proposal that would cover tuition at public universities and colleges in New York State for families earning up to $125,000 by 2019.  The plan, which requires legislative approval, recognizes that middle-income families that might not be eligible for student aid based on current measures of need are grappling with student debt, too.  But public higher education officials who favor the idea in principle are worried that the Cuomo administration might be lowballing the cost to sell the program.

The Year NJ Colleges Upped the Competition


January 4, 2017


A new business school under construction at Rowan University in 2015.  Stockton University’s first, failed plan for an Atlantic City campus at the Showboat site was driven by a desire to get ahead of Rowan.


A storm was brewing last January.  As a massive blizzard barreled toward New Jersey, college administrators were preparing for a vote that would pit two-year against four-year schools: Should two community colleges be allowed to confer nursing bachelor’s degrees?


Some saw the proposal as narrow and relatively harmless: Just one degree, just two colleges.


Others called it an attack on the very nature of higher education in New jersey.


“It’s going to open up a whole unnecessary debate that in my opinion is going to ultimately undermine the integrity of higher education as we define it in this country,” the president of Rowan University said in the days leading up to the vote.


The four-year college presidents narrowly won a “no” vote, though the final decision on the nursing bachelor’s was left to the state.  The debate exposed a rift between four-year and community colleges.  In the months following, colleges began to compete more openly and aggressively.

Ramapo College, Working With Employers, Adds Master of Science in Accounting Program

News from the Campuses

January 3, 2017


Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Anisfeld School of Business has added a Master of Science in Accounting Program to the College’s graduate degree offerings.  Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2017 program.

Education 2017: You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard

January 3, 2017

The government funding landscape in New Jersey is rough riding this year in all areas, particularly in K-12 education. Two days in, and 2017 is already shaking out to be an eventful one for New Jersey. That’s nowhere truer than in education: The Garden State is already facing a host of challenges about funding, charter schools, and teacher quality – to name just a few.

NJ College Hopes to Land Danny DeVito as Graduation Speaker


December 28, 2016


Ramapo College students have their hearts set on their own celebrity graduation speaker – Danny DeVito.  More than 550 people have signed a petition calling on the New Jersey-born actor to speak at the Mahwah-based college’s 2017 commencement ceremony.

Montclair University Found Immune From Suit as Arm of State


December 28, 2016


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that Montclair State University is an arm of the State of New Jersey, and therefore immune under the 11th Amendment from liability for an employee’s discrimination suit.  The decision reverses a ruling holding the university subject to Paula Mailandi’s suit in federal court for claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act and under state law after she took leave for treatment of breast cancer and was offered only an inferior position upon her return.  The level of state control over Montclair is not as extensive as was found in University of Iowa in Bowers v. National Collegiate Athletic Association but “constrained enough” to tip the scale in favor of immunity, the court said.

Space is The Final Frontier for These Stockton University Students

December 26, 2016

A Stockton University student experiment, “Spores in Space: The Effects of Microgravity on Endomycorrhizae,” was chosen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) to go to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Mission 11 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).

Atlantic Cape Students Get Dual Enrollment with Thomas Edison State College


December 26, 2016


Students attending Atlantic Cape Community College will be able to enroll simultaneously in Thomas Edison State University under a new agreement.  The program will apply to new and existing Atlantic Cape Community students, who will be able to transfer as many as 90 eligible community college credits toward a bachelor’s degree, which typically requires 120 credits.

The College of New Jersey and Ramapo Are Among the ‘Best Value’ Colleges in NJ


December 20, 2016


Kiplinger, a personal finance magazine, released its annual ran kings on the nation’s “best value” colleges.  The 300 schools were selected from a pool of 1,200 colleges based on both their academic quality and their affordability.  The New Jersey colleges that made the list of the top 300 “best value” schools in the nation were: Princeton University (3rd in the nation); The College of New Jersey (113th); Ramapo College (184th); Rutgers University-New Brunswick (148th); and Steven’s Institute of Technology (194th).




Sizing Up the 17 Possible Candidates Running for NJ Governor in 2017 - NJ.com (January 3, 2017)
Stockton University and Atlantic Cape Community College Are Hospitality Partners Focused on Culinary Arts and Tourism - News from Campuses (December 21, 2016)

California Town is Offering Free College Courses for Residents and Workers - GoodNewsNetwork.org (December 21, 2016)

Leading Democratic Lawmakers Derail Fast-Track Bills Favored by Christie - NJSpotlight.com (December 20, 2016)

Stockton University Graduates Nearly 600 at its Fall Baccalaureate Commencement - Stockton Universtiy (December 19, 2016)

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

Kean University Students Volunteer in Union County’s Warinanco Park - Patch.com (December 16, 2016)

Highly Regarded Registered Nurse EJ Darling, RN, BSN, MBA, will be Presented in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare - PRNewsChannel.com (December 16, 2016)

NJCU Partners with Jersey City for Arts Advisory Board - NJ.com (December 15, 2016)

DHGate.com CEO Names Wenzhou-Kean University Primary APEC CBET Network Academic Partner - IT BusinessNet.com (December 14, 2016)

Kean University Students Collaborate with PR Firm to Aid Trinitas Hospital - NJ.com (December 13, 2016)

How Can NJ Stop Young Adults from Fleeing the State - NJ1015.com (December 12, 2016)

Rowan Plans to Demolish, then Build - CourierPostOnline.com (December 15, 2016)

Stockton’s Nationally Recognized Sustainability Program Offers Unconventional Education for an Uncertain Future - Stockton.edu (December 14, 2016)

We’ McDonald One Round Away from Winning ‘The Voice’ - NorthJersey.com (December 10, 2016)

Alumna Sworn in to Stockton Board of Trustees - PressofAtlanticCity.com (December 9, 2016)

Rabbi Krauss to Receive Honorary Degree from Stockton - PressofAtlanticCity.com (December 9, 2016)

Stockton Professor Receives State Environmental Award - ShoreNewsToday.com (December 8, 2016)

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

Psst, South Jersey Innovators, Need Capital? Rowan Has a $5 Million Venture Fund - PhillyVoice.com (December 7, 2016)

Great Job Professor Jackson and Her Team of WPU Nursing Students! - NorthJersey.com (December 6, 2016)

The Latest PARCC Data for the Class of 2016 - NJSpotlight.com (December 5, 2016)

New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen Elected Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee - InnovationNJ.net (December 2, 2016)

Can Quarterly Payments Help Rescue NJ's Underfunded Pension System? - NJSpotlight.com (November 21, 2016)

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

33% - NJSpotlight.com (November 21, 2016)

The List: Tracking NJ’s 10 Credit-Rating Downgrades Under Governor Christie - NJSpotlight.com (November 21, 2016)

Lessons for AC?  When Town Meets Gown, Both Can Benefit - PressofAtlanticCity.com (November 20, 2016)

Rutgers Confronts Its Ties to Slavery in Detailed Report - NJ.com (November 20, 2016)

How The College of New Jersey Helps Low-Income Students Persist and Succeed in Science – University Herald.com (November 15, 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)

S&P Global Downgrades NJ’s Credit Rating Again - NJSpotlight.com (November 15, 2016)

Christie, Trump, and Public Education in New Jersey – NJ Spotlight.com (November 14, 2016)

Montclair State University Moving Toward Becoming a Tobacco-Free Campus - TapInto.net (November 14, 2016)

Op-Ed:  What Trump Might Mean for Higher-Ed Finance - www.chronicle.com (November 10, 2016)

How President Trump Will Alter New Jersey’s Policies and Programs - NJ Spotlight.com (November 10, 2016)

Rutgers Marks 250 Years of History, New Beginnings for State University - MyCentralJersey.com (November 10, 2016)

How Soon Will Christie Walk Away from New Jersey? - NJ Spotlight.com (November 10, 2016)

New Jersey’s Winners & Losers in a World of President Trump - NJ.com (November 10, 2016)

Transfer Center and Veterans’ Lounge Open at Ramapo - www.RamapoNews.com (November 9, 2016)

Ballot Questions: Voters Reject Casinos Outside AC, Approve Fuel-Tax Dedication - NJSpotlight.com (November 9, 2016)

Students Can Earn an Associate Degree Through Reverse Transfer at ACCC - CapeMayCountyHerald.com (November 8, 2016)

Trump University?  NJ Colleges Embrace Election-Themed Classes - NJ.com (November 8, 2016)

Students Get Down and Dirty at Rowan Fossil Park - PressofAtlanticCity.com (November 7, 2016)

Kean University Reaches Out to Morris County Vo-Tech Students in a Sustainable Way - www.Kean.edu (November 7, 2016)

Princeton Mulls Foreign Language Course Mandate - EducationDive.com (November 3, 2016)

Dr. Ruth Westheimer Appearing at Montclair State University - NorthJersey.com (November 3, 2016)

Wide Achievement Gap Persists Despite New PARCC Exams - NJSpotlight.com (November 3, 2016)

These Are The Best (and Worst) NJ Colleges For Poor Students, New Data Say(s) - NJ.com (November 3, 2016)

NJ Public Worker Pension Fund Now the Weakest in U.S., Report Says - NJ.com (November 3, 2016)

RWJBarnabas Invests Nearly $20M in Rutgers Sports Medicine Facility - NJSpotlight.com (November 2, 2016)

Atlantic City Lurches Toward a Takeover as State Rejects Its Recovery Plan - NJSpotlight.com (November 2, 2016)

Non-Profits Explore Minds of Millennials at Investors Bank Annual Conference - TAPInto.net (November 1, 2016)

NJ College Tuition Grant Bill Gets Mixed Response - PressofAtlanticCity.com (November 1, 2016)

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