Building the future: N.J. colleges get $1.3B for construction projects

By Kelly Heyboer and Mike Frassinelli/The Star-Ledger

The grants range from $101,060 for technology upgrades to classrooms at Rowan University, to $86.3 million to transform a New Jersey Institute of Technology building into a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In all, 176 higher education capital construction projects worth $1.3 billion have been approved, in what Gov.…

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N.J. lawmaker wants to dock Rutgers for payouts

Associated Press

TRENTON — A New Jersey lawmaker wants to dock Rutgers $2.1 million for the money it paid to a basketball coach who was fired and two university administrators who resigned during a scandal earlier this month.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio, a Republican from Montville, says it’s not fair to make taxpayers or students pick up the tab for what he calls brazen payouts.…

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Fears persist that cost of Rutgers merger plan will be borne by tuition payers

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record.

The projected cost for the state’s massive higher education reorganization has grown to more than $100 million, according to officials from the public universities involved — a burden that many fear will be shifted, despite assurances from school leaders, onto those who pay tuition.

No funding for the merger plan has been included in the state budget, leaving it to the schools — Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rowan University — to absorb the one-time expenses.…

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