Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

By Kevin Kiley

After a 25-year drought of state bond money for higher education capital projects, the $750 million general obligation bond recently approved by New Jersey voters was a welcome influx of funds.
“This will not only help our institutions of higher learning attract and retain students, and in turn, industries looking for a capable work force, but it will create jobs as improvement projects get under way.…

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Students Score Two Victories But Battles Continue Over Hefty College Costs

Activists win meeting with big private lender; report calls on NJ to help make higher-ed more affordable
By Tara Nurin

Bad times loom for many New Jersey college students as federal loan interest rates are scheduled to double on July 1 and state aid programs cover less and less of rising higher-education costs.

But yesterday, at least, was a good day for the state’s college students, as efforts to make college more affordable advanced on two fronts.…

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Students rally in Jersey City for cheaper college for illegal immigrants

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal

About two dozens students rallied today in front of Jersey City City Hall in favor of the NJ Dream Act, which would help undocumented immigrants receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.
Jersey Journal file photo

About two dozen students met in front of Jersey City City Hall this afternoon to rally in support of the so-called NJ Dream Act, a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.…

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Hard times: college majors, unemployment and earnings

In the past, a college degree all but assured job seekers employment and high earnings, but today, what you make depends on what you take. In Hard Times 2013, we show differences in unemployment and earnings based on major for BA and graduate degree holders. We show that STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — majors typically offer the best opportunities for employment and earnings, while unemployment is higher for graduates with non-technical degrees.…

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Karen Heller: Abuse of athletes: Rutgers still doesn’t get it

Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist

Behaving badly is its own punishment, I taught my children. People who act poorly generally get what they deserve.

Though, apparently, not in NCAA Division I athletics.

At Rutgers, bad behavior means being named athletic director with a plum $450,000 salary and up to $50,000 in annual bonuses.

This is the same Rutgers that last month ousted its basketball coach for abusive behavior, along with the athletic director for allegedly failing to take action.…

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Part 7: Schooled By Substitutes at Quitman Street

Perseverance at a Newark ‘renew school’ following midyear teacher turnover

By Sara Neufeld

This is the seventh in an extended series of articles about Newark’s Quitman Street Renew School.

The first teacher to go was grieving over the death of a loved one. Those who followed gave reasons more directly tied to frustrations at the school: long hours taking a toll on family life, the minimal pay increase when the academic day was extended in January, feeling discounted in curricular decisions.…

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Politi: Julie Hermann should never have been hired as Rutgers athletic director


Dueling videos: Rutgers AD Julie Hermann, then and now
A lawsuit in 1997 alleged that Julie Hermann, who was a head volleyball coach at Tennessee at that time, discouraged an assistant coach from getting pregnant. The coach, Ginger Hineline, won $150,000 in the suit against the school. Hermann, during her introductory press conference as new Rutgers athletic director, was asked about the lawsuit, specifically the comments that she had made that was caught on camera during Hineline’s wedding.…

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Oliver and Christie exchange war of words on college grants

By Jarrett Renshaw/The Star-Ledger

TRENTON —Gov. Chris Christie says Assembly Speaker’s Sheila Oliver’s concerns about an influential yeshiva and a Princeton seminary getting a share of $1.3 billion in taxpayer funds is more about politics than policy.
Christie and Oliver (D-Essex) have engaged in a war of words over the governor’s decision to award Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood and the Princeton Theological Seminary more than $11 million in construction grants associated with a bond referendum approved by voters in November.…

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Signs of the Coming Revolution in America’s Education System

By Jeff Bryant

The recent revolt against standardized tests as well as legislative concern over testing corruption are just some of the of the signs of an approaching education “revolution.”

“It’s always hard to tell for sure exactly when a revolution starts,” wrote John Tierny inThe Atlantic recently. “I’m not an expert on revolutions,” he continued, “but even I can see that a new one is taking shape in American K-12 public education.”…

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Bridging the Higher Education Divide: Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream

By The Century Foundation Task Force on Preventing Community Colleges from Becoming Separate and Unequal

Education has always been a key driver in our nation’s struggle to promote social mobility and widen the circle of people who can enjoy the American Dream. No set of educational institutions better embodies the promise of equal opportunity than community colleges.…

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The Changing Face of Community Colleges

By David Leonhardt

Students at community colleges increasingly come from low-income families, as I mention in an article for Thursday’s newspaper about a new report. The trends, in their simplest terms:

The ethnic breakdown has also changed, as the report, which is being published by The Century Foundation, explains:

Between 1994 and 2006, the white share of the community college population plummeted from 73 percent to 58 percent, while black and Hispanic representation grew from 21 percent to 33 percent, in part reflecting growing diversity in the population as a whole.…

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