Rutgers board broke open-meeting laws

The N.J. high court said public notice of a 2008 policy session was inadequate.

By David Porter, Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. – Rutgers University’s board of governors violated some state open-meeting laws at a special session in 2008 to discuss athletic department policies and conduct, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a case brought by a Rutgers graduate.…

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Newark schools chief, teachers union clash over seniority

By Jessica Calefati/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s formula for boosting student achievement in struggling schools is built on a simple concept — allowing principals to select their teaching staff regardless of seniority.

The union representing Newark teachers, however, believes the practice invites favoritism and puts older, more experienced teachers at a disadvantage. It plans to file a labor-relations complaint with the state if schools are not staffed based on seniority this fall.…

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Rutgers interim president charged with making UMDNJ merger a reality

By Bob Braun/Star-Ledger Columnist

Acting President of Rutgers, Dick Edwards, poses for a portrait at his home in Jersey City.
He’s been the quiet man in the Rutgers administration for two years, quiet and almost invisible, but now Dick Edwards is in charge of New Jersey’s state university — at least for a while — and he says he intends to “make things happen.”…

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Price tag for Rutgers’ 6-month search for a new president: $226K

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — Once the bills for consultants, meals, meetings and other expenses were added up, the price tag for Rutgers University’s latest presidential search came in at $226,532, campus officials said.

The state university spent more than six months looking for a new leader before selecting former Thomas Jefferson University president Robert Barchi this spring.…

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N.J. Supreme Court: Rutgers board of governors did not violate law, but meetings should be more open

By MaryAnn Spoto/The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — Rutgers University’s board of governors did not violate the state’s public meeting notification requirements when it discussed issues about the school’s new football stadium in 2008, but it didn’t provide a detailed enough notice about the meeting and it strayed off topic during closed discussions, the Supreme Court ruled today.…

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OCC, Kean Officials to Meet on Accreditation Issues Kean University, which has partnered with OCC, has been threatened with a loss of accreditation if issues are not corrected

By Karen Wall

Officials from Ocean County College are scheduled to sit down today with officials from Kean University to discuss the warning Kean has received about a potential loss of accreditation.

“We’re meeting with Kean tomorrow,” Carl V. Thulin, chairman of the OCC Board of Trustees, said after the trustees’ meeting Monday at the college.…

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Former Brookdale Community College president pleads guilty to official misconduct

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

MIDDLETOWN — For nearly two decades, Peter Burnham was one of the most respected higher education officials in the state. The Brookdale Community College president served as head of the New Jersey College Presidents’ Council, sat on a hospital board and garnered numerous national awards for helping to turn his school into one of the most highly regarded two-year colleges in the state.…

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Debt—and the shame that surrounds it—is the tie that binds the 99 percent.

A Student Debt Strike Force Takes OffCan young people reimagine it as something productive, rather than a tool for profiteering?

“ONE, we are the zombies! TWO; we are indebted! THREE; this occupation is… om-nom nom-nom…”

Playfully infusing a familiar Occupy Wall Street chant with the mindless noshing of zombies, last month around 100 costumed protesters undertook a small but significant “Night of the Living Debt” march around the New York University campus and Washington Square Park.…

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Christie, officials dedicate opening of new medical school at Rowan University

By Melissa Hayes, State House Bureau. The Record.

CAMDEN – On a site once occupied by a methadone clinic and abandoned buildings, state and local officials celebrated the opening Tuesday of a medical school in Camden that was 40 years in the making.

“As you take a walk around this beautiful building today, you can see the community is changing,” state Sen.…

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Soon-to-open Cooper Medical School ready to take its place in history

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

CAMDEN — The sleek steel tables for dissecting cadavers are in place. The hall lockers are lined up and waiting to be filled with books and lab coats. The last of the paint is being rolled on the walls outside the classrooms.
All Cooper Medical School needs is students.
Gov. Chris Christie and a bevy of politicians, higher education officials and community leaders will gather Tuesday in Camden to cut the ribbon on New Jersey’s first new medical school in nearly 35 years.…

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Improvements to Perth Amboy school discipline policy sought

By Suzanne Russell

PERTH AMBOY — School district staff members are looking for improvements to the discipline policy this fall that will alleviate the problems experienced last year when only the superintendent was authorized to suspend students.

The change is being sought after teachers expressed outrage over a report released by Superintendent of Schools Janine Walker Caffrey this week that indicated improvements in student behavior during the 2011-12 school year, her first leading the special-needs district of 10,000 students.…

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Rutgers Board of Governors scheduled to vote today on tuition for upcoming year

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University students will learn today what they will pay for tuition, room and board for the upcoming school year.

The Rutgers Board of Governors is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. in New Brunswick to set tuition in what could be a contentious meeting. Student activists are trying to mobilize classmates to call for a tuition freeze at the meeting.…

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