Kean University board of trustees approves report pushing to maintain accreditation

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

UNION — Saying “our actions will predict our future,” Kean University’s board of trustees unanimously approved a report tonight outlining why the school should keep its accreditation.

The report — compiled with the help of more than 250 members of the campus community — will be submitted to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the accrediting group that put Kean on probation earlier this summer after a review turned up numerous problems at the public university.…

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Sept. 21: AFTR Fall luncheon

The AFTR of NJ will have its fall luncheon/meeting on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Giovanna’s in Plainfield to congratulate new retirees and welcome the membership back after a relaxing summer. The group meets at 10:30 to socialize with friends and then has a business meeting at 11:00 a.m. before enjoying a luncheon together. At the September meeting members will compete in an American history and election information quiz.…

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Why ‘Won’t Back Down’ Just Doesn’t Stack Up

A former teacher takes on the untruths at the heart of this anti-union film.

By Sabrina Stevens

A passion for teaching and a hunger for educational change are what drove me into the classroom a few years ago. That’s also how I ended up exhausted a few autumns later, when I dragged myself home to my apartment around 8:30 at night, slunk down into the nearest chair, reached for my laptop and Googled “downshifting + career.”

It was my second year as a classroom teacher in a so-called “failing” school, and I was feeling overwhelmed and depleted after yet another 12-hour day where I didn’t actually feel finished with my work.…

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Rowan officials working out costs of college overhaul

By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer.

Rowan University officials are scrambling to figure out how much Gov. Christie’s plan to restructure the state’s higher education system will cost them before they have to submit a funding request for next year’s state budget in a matter of months.

The deadline for state universities to file has not yet been set, but traditionally is in November, according to the Governor’s Office.…

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