How for-profit colleges are allowing Wall Street investors to cash in, at student’s expense.
By Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel
Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream—gainful employment, the chance for a middle-class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation’s investors, but disastrous for its customers.…Read more
By Matt Friedman, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
TRENTON — A bill that would expand New Jersey’s controversial Urban Hope Act is one step closer to becoming law.
The state Senate today voted 32-1 to concur with Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto of the bill (S2264), which would make changes to the 2012 law that allowed so-called renaissance schools.…Read more
By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
There is a tangible distrust between the legislators and educators in this state — if not a trace of seething contempt — so when the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee green-lights a bill to freeze tuition at our state colleges, it is not met with mirth by those in the academic industrial complex.…Read more
By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record.
Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi on Friday said things are on the upswing and predicted bigger-than-expected payouts from the school’s participation in the Big Ten athletic conference — even as he was forced to again defend his controversial pick for athletic director.
Barchi’s annual State of the University address in New Brunswick came on the heels of news reports that Athletic Director Julie Hermann had made a tasteless remark about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal during a staff meeting last year.…Read more
By Tara Nurin
Assembly committee crafts package of bills to freeze tuition, boost graduation rates at state’s public colleges and universities
These are difficult times for students at New Jersey’s public college and universities — and for their families. Tuition has climbed steadily, forcing lower- and middle-class kids to borrow more and more money.
At the same time, fewer and fewer students are graduating in four years; many take six to finish their studies, which often means they’re on the hook for more loans.…Read more
By Matt Friedman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
TRENTON — Imagine this: Completing four years of college without seeing your tuition increase even once.
A bill that has begun advancing in the New Jersey Legislature would make that a reality.
The state Assembly Higher Education Committee today voted 6-0 with 2 abstentions to approve the bill (A2807), which would prohibit most four-year colleges and universities — public and private — from raising the tuition of undergraduate students who are from New Jersey for nine continuous semesters after they enroll.…Read more
We write to you as the leaders of unions representing some 20,000 Rutgers employees. Like you, we have been elected by our constituents to represent their interests and needs. Like you, we have a mutual interest in making Rutgers an outstanding university for all our constituents.
At this time, we want to bring your attention to the state of labor relations at the University.…Read more
Ahead of Barchi State Of Rutgers Speech,“Reclaim Rutgers” Releases Video & Holds Rally
(New Brunswick, NJ) – Today, on the eve of President Robert Barchi’s State of the University address, former Scarlet Knights football player and Rutgers alumnus Eric LeGrand released a video in support of Reclaim Rutgers – a dynamic coalition representing unionized workers in tough contract negotiations with management.…