Month: August 2012

FarahiHigher Ed News

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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Pre-K to 12 News

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.”…

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Higher Ed NewsMerger

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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FarahiHigher Ed News

At meeting: ‘Where is the acknowledgement of personal responsibility?’

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

UNION COUNTY — Although most board meetings during the past year have begun in front of a large, raucous audience that jammed Kean Hall and spilled into the hallways and courtyard beyond, the Aug. 30 meeting was attended by a sparse crowd devoid of students or parents.

Nevertheless, members of the administration, faculty and unions approaching

the microphone expressed vastly different views of what lay ahead as the university battles the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.…

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Higher Ed News

NJ college president turns down raise

The Associated Press

MAYS LANDING, N.J. – The president of a community college in southern New Jersey has turned down a raise for the third year in a row.

Atlantic Cape Community College President Peter Mora and the school’s evaluation committee agreed it’s not in the school’s economic interests to change his compensation.

Mora is paid $179,571 plus benefits.…

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Higher Ed NewsPolitical Education

Decision 2012: ‘The Status Quo Is Not Working’

By Michael Stratford

Tampa, Fla.— Republican delegates here formally approved on Tuesday a party platform that outlines several policy goals affecting higher education, including calls for expanding alternatives to traditional colleges, increasing private-sector participation in student loans, and combating liberal bias at public institutions.

“The status quo is not working” when it comes to dealing with the rising cost of college, the document says, lending support to new learning systems that compete with traditional four-year colleges.…

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Higher Ed News

Almanac of Higher Education 2012

The Profession

Campus leaders and college professors encountered urgent calls for change in how they do business in 2011-12.

Economic and technological forces continued to reshape campus workplaces. Administrators closed and consolidated academic programs and had to rely increasingly on adjunct instructors, who now make up 70 percent of the professoriate. And leaders also face stagnation in their own ranks.…

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Higher Ed News

Video: Massive Student Protests Continue in Montreal

By Allison Kilkenny

Tens of thousands of students and their supporters flooded the streets of downtown Montreal Wednesday to protest university tuition fee hikes (the Liberal Party plans to drastically increase tuition fees to $1,794 over a seven-year period, a hike of 82 percent). The action follows a vote last week in which six junior colleges, called CEGEPs in Quebec, voted in favor of ending the strike and returning to class.…

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