RU graded on Sandy response

Lack of communication, inadequate backup power among flaws cited

In the wake of superstorm Sandy, Rutgers University secured its campus by hosting emergency shelters for more than 7,000 state and local residents who were forced from their homes, and its contributions were recognized last summer by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security.

But the worst storm to impact New Jersey in decades also exposed flaws in the university’s emergency-response system.…

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Moody’s Issues a Negative Outlook for Higher Education

By Scott Carlson

Moody’s Investors Service on Monday issued a negative outlook for higher education in 2014—which should come as a surprise to no one. The bond-rating agency’s report last week, a survey of net-tuition revenues, was grim, and its outlook for higher education in recent years has been mostly bleak.

This year Moody’s cited a weak economy that will “affect families’ willingness and ability to pay for higher education.” It also anticipated federal budget pressures, including a looming sequestration threat, that could affect financial aid.…

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