American Education Is Leaving Our Youth With a Debt Sentence

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.…

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Rutgers on upswing, president declares

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.…

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Protecting Higher Education for Lower- and Middle-Class Students, Families

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.…

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Bill to freeze tuition for N.J. college students advances

By Matt Friedman | NJ Advance Media for

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.…

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Video: Eric LeGrand Supports Fair Contracts for Rutgers Faculty and Staff

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.…

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