Voices from Kean University

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May 23, 2005 Board of Trustees
Emily Filardo and Vivian Rodriquez
Orlando Edreira
June, 2005 Board of Trustees
Dean Ana Maria Schuhmann
Orlando Edreira, Dean Kenneth Dollarhide, Chair Robert Cockren
May 19, 2008 Board of Trustees
Gema Castaneda
Robert Astuni
James McCarren
Bernard Weinstein
Gail Fraser
Irwin Nesoff
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Kean University faculty blast college trustees over $219,000 table

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record.

Kean University faculty members criticized the school’s board of trustees at a meeting Saturday for spending $219,000 to purchase a conference table, but the trustees had no response.

It was the board’s first public meeting since news reports about the cost of the 22-foot circular multimedia conference table that was purchased without competitive bidding and installed in a new $40 million academic building on the main campus.…

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House panel investigates ‘Confucius institutes’

By Nicole Gaudiano, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are investigating whether academic freedom is being threatened at universities that are building campuses in China and partnering with the Chinese on “Confucius institutes” in the U.S., including Rutgers University.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of a House subcommittee focusing on human rights, said at a hearing before the panel Thursday that he will seek a Governmental Accountability Office study of agreements between U.S.…

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Report Contains Good News About New Jersey’s Graduating Class Of 2014

By John Mooney

Overall graduation rates are up slightly, as are those for African-American and Hispanic students

New Jersey’s graduation rate keeps inching up — at least for the time being.

The Christie administration yesterday released its annual report on the latest high school graduating class and said that 88.6 percent of the Class of 2014 graduated within four years, up a percentage point from the Class of 2013 and two points from 2012.…

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Vocal critic of Newark school reorganization plans to seek reelection to school board

By Naomi Nix, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Five months away from the Newark Public Schools Advisory board election, Marques-Aquil Lewis says he plans to seek a third term on the board.

If elected, Lewis, 27, said he would continue to be a vocal critic of Superintendent Cami Anderson’s controversial reorganization plan, One Newark.

“I was considering walking away,” Lewis said.…

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Baraka calls for state intervention at Barringer schools

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — Newark mayor Ras Baraka released a letter today that he sent to Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe asking for state intervention into what he called “intolerable conditions” at the Barringer academies.

In a letter dated Nov. 19, 2014, Baraka said students were suffering from a host of issues including lacking textbooks, overcrowded classes and classes on core subjects taught by uncertified teachers.…

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Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds

By Tamar Lewin

The vast majority of students at American public colleges do not graduate on time, according to a new report from Complete College America, a nonprofit group based in Indianapolis.

“Students and parents know that time is money,” said the report, called “Four-Year Myth.” “The reality is that our system of higher education costs too much, takes too long and graduates too few.”…

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Kean University defends $219,000 table in letter to staff, students

By Jim Norman, Staff Writer, The Record.

The $219,000 conference table that has brought Kean University into an unwanted spotlight focusing on purported academic excess is way more than a fancy table, the school’s executive vice president of operations said Monday in a letter to Kean students and faculty members.

The 22-foot circular table is not just a chunk of fancy woodwork, but is filled with high-tech electronics that make it “a conferencing system with the ability to connect people at up to 25 locations around the world for remote conference calls and to record meetings,” said Philip Connelly.…

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Day of Judgment Draws Near for New Jersey’s New Teacher-Evaluation System

By John Mooney

Amid debate during first year of implementation, key juncture will be reached soon when teachers get their individual ratings

teacher and apple

There’s been plenty of debate about the effectiveness of New Jersey’s new teacher-evaluation system during its first year. But the bottom-line verdict is likely to come in a few months, when final performance ratings are placed next to individual teachers’ names.…

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Kean University student petition seeks firing of president over $219K table

By Katie Lannan, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

For $219,000, Kean University administrators got not only a custom multi-media conference table, but also a good deal of controversy.

The purchase of the table has puzzled students, drawn criticism from lawmakers, garnered national attention and even spawned a parody Twitter account that satirically brags about the table’s famous “relatives,” like the desk in the Oval Office.…

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