With labor unrest at NJIT, Chiera talks Rutgers strike’s influence, need for higher ed commissioner

Similar to the faculty unions at Rutgers University, the adjunct professors, graduate students and postdoctoral students at New Jersey Institute of Technology have been working about nine months under an expired contract.

But unlike those Rutgers unions, NJIT instructors don’t appear to be close to anything resembling a framework for a new contract.

“We’ve been trying to negotiate with [the administration], in good faith, and we put out our proposals last October,” NJIT adjunct Scott Kent told NJ Spotlight News in a segment that aired April 19.…

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Rutgers faculty strike suspended; contract framework has ‘profound victories’

Rutgers AAUP-AFT, Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union and AAUP-BHSNJ members have suspended their strike, which began April 10 and affected five days of classes across all Rutgers University campuses.

They were due to resume working April 17, days after their respective union leaders and Rutgers management agreed to a framework for new contracts.

An April 15 message from the three unions noted the securing of “profound victories” in the framework, among them raises for adjuncts, grad workers and postdocs as well as greater faculty control over teaching conditions.…

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Historic strike by Rutgers faculty unions shakes up university, stirs legislators

On April 10, after working nearly 290 days without a contract, three Rutgers University faculty unions went on strike, marking the first teaching walkout in school history.

Union members and supporters participated in rallies and picket lines at the three main Rutgers campuses through April 12 as union leaders negotiated each day with the RU administration in Trenton.…

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U.S. DOE sets public hearings on higher education rulemaking

On April 11-13, the U.S. Department of Education will hold virtual public hearings seeking stakeholder feedback on potential issues for future higher education rulemaking sessions.

“The Department’s primary responsibility is to serve students and help them succeed,” said U.S. Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona in a U.S. DOE press release. “That means we must continue to take a look at a range of regulations to ensure that colleges and programs serve our students well and that Department processes work in their best interest.”…

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Murphy talks College Promise, FY24 higher ed investments at Newark roundtable

Gov. Phil Murphy on April 5 visited Rutgers University’s Newark campus for a roundtable discussion about his New Jersey College Promise initiative and to highlight higher education investments in his fiscal year 2024 budget.

“One of our top priorities from day one of our administration, which is now in its sixth year, has been making a college education more affordable and more accessible to every student who’s willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard,” Murphy said from the Paul Robeson Campus Center.…

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Webinar to cover advantages of flexible scheduling

The New Jersey Department of Education on April 27 will present a 90-minute webinar on maximizing schedules to support learning acceleration.

A panel of educators who already use flexible scheduling in their districts will share the benefits they’ve experienced and provide information on how to build this type of schedule.

This New Jersey Partnership for Student Success-sourced session begins at 3 p.m.…

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Weingarten addresses public education’s value, challenges

AFT President Randi Weingarten on March 28 delivered an address titled “In Defense of Public Education” that delved into such issues as gun violence, school voucher programs and culture wars.

Here are select quotes from Weingarten’s address:

• “Today we renew our call for common-sense gun safety legislation, including a ban on assault weapons. … It’s an epidemic that our great nation must solve.”…

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Online discussion will explore first-gen student mentoring

Join Chronicle of Higher Education senior writer Katherine Mangan on March 28 as she hosts the virtual forum “Mentoring Programs for First-Gen Students.”

Mangan and a panel of college mentoring experts will talk about how to establish an atmosphere that encourages mentoring bonds.

The session starts at 2 p.m. ET on March 28. For more info and to register, click here.…

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