Month: July 2015

Higher Ed News

Bergen Community College cuts 64 full-time lecturer positions

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

The positions of 64 full-time lecturers at Bergen Community College have been cut as the school struggles to cope with a mix of stagnant state and county funding and declining enrollment.

The move will save nearly $934,000 and comes after 150 part-time staffers either had their hours eliminated or reduced earlier in the month in an effort to save $1 million more, said school spokesman Larry Hlavenka Jr.…

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Kean U seeks Communists for China campus jobs

By Ronica Cleary

Union, New Jersey (My9NJ) – Looking for a new job? Well Kean University is hiring at its campus in China. The catch? Membership in the Chinese Communist Party is preferred!


James Castiglione is an Associate Professor at Kean in Union and is President of the Kean Federation of Teachers.

He’s calling on the state for a forensic audit of spending here at Kean because he has serious concerns about this issue amongst others involving spending and layoffs at the University.…

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Public Employees’ Retirement System Chair Discusses New Pension Lawsuit

Another shot fired in the court battle over public worker pension payments. Four years ago unions cut a deal with Gov. Chris Christie to put pension payments on a secure footing. But when less than expected revenue came in, the state balanced the budget by contributing less than expected payments. The unions sued and the state Supreme Court effectively let the state off the hook.…

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Op-Ed: Charting The Path To Local Control For Newark’s Public Schools

By Theresa Luhm

QSAC maps out a clear and expeditious approach for moving Newark’s state-controlled schools back under home rule

In June, Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced the establishment of the Newark Educational Success Board (NESB), a nine-member panel charged with “developing a clear, specific pathway with appropriate timelines and benchmarks for the return of local control [of the public schools] to the Newark community” after more than 20 years of state operation.…

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How to be a part of N.J.’s Common Core review

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

TRENTON — New Jersey’s Department of Education is accepting applications from teachers to sit on the committees that will review the Common Core academic standards.

The applications are available on the department’s website, along with nomination forms for school districts. All applications and nominations must be submitted by July 31, according to the state.…

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Rutgers faculty: Don’t blame us for tuition hike

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

NEW BRUNSWICK — When Rutgers University announced a 2.3 percent tuition increase last week, school officials cited rising expenses, including 2 percent raises for several employee unions with new contracts.

But the school’s faculty has its own ideas for why the typical undergraduate student will have to pay about $300 more to attend the New Brunswick campus this fall.…

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Chinese Communists Preferred

By Elizabeth Redden

“Membership in Chinese Communist Party is preferred,” says the job advertisement for a “specialist for residence life” position at Kean University’s China campus, which is run jointly with Wenzhou University and is known as Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU). The same preference is stated in a posting for a “specialist for student conduct.”

Other posted jobs at the institution don’t include that stipulation.…

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Communist Party members ‘preferred’ for jobs on Kean U.’s new China campus, ad says

By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for

UNION TOWNSHIP — Applicants for two top staff positions at Kean University’s new campus in China should be members of the Communist Party, according to job postings on the university’s website that are drawing criticism from union officials.

Wenzhou-Kean University, a satellite campus the public university launched in 2012 in a partnership with the Chinese government, recently posted  advertisements for 30 positions on its website.

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Press: Communist Party Membership Preference Advertised for Kean University Jobs in China While University Lays Off More in US

Contact: Steve Young, Executive Director, College Council,  young [@], 908-964-8476
James Castiglione, President, Kean Federation of Teachers, james [@] 908-623-6020

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University’s China Job Applications Also Appear to Violate U.S. Employment & N.J. Anti-Discrimination Laws

UNION, NJ — At least two of the 30 staff job postings on Kean University’s Wenzhou website include a preference for Chinese Communist Party members.…

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Quota for In-Staters

By Elizabeth Redden

In pitching a new B.A. in architecture program to a state oversight body for approval, Kean University made an unusual promise — that it would limit the number of in-state students to 25 each year. The rest are to be recruited nationally and internationally — the program has links to China — so as to minimize competition with other New Jersey institutions.…

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Critics of NJ university system cite Kean program

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

The recent approval of taxpayer-supported Kean University’s architecture program —designed mostly for foreign students — may provide a window into what critics says is a lack of state oversight and coordination for public higher education in New Jersey.

Kean sought the necessary state approvals for the Michael Graves School of Architecture only after it had a public launch of the program and spent a considerable amount of money on consultants, staff and outfitting of a new building at its Union campus.…

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Weaker oversight gives NJ public colleges greater power to chart their agendas

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

Kean University is launching an expensive architecture program, largely tailored to foreign students, at its Union campus despite another public one just 6 miles away at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The technology institute, virtually across the street from Rutgers Medical School in Newark, is considering partnering with Rowan University, just south of Philadelphia, to train doctors.…

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Program’s Been Changing Lives Of Low-Income College Students For Nearly 50 Years

By John Mooney

Educational Opportunity Fund has provided funding – and mentorship – for thousands of young people in New Jersey

The Educational Opportunity Fund, the state’s nearly half-century-old program providing both personal support and financial aid for low-income students entering college, rarely gets a shout-out – especially when it actually sees a funding increase.


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