Rutgers President Robert Barchi gets $97K performance bonus

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi is guaranteed a full year’s pay – more than $676,260 – beyond the end of his contract next year, and he was recently granted a performance bonus of $97,000.

Rutgers’ governing board quietly approved both perks recently, using superlatives like exemplary and extraordinary to describe Barchi’s tenure at the helm following a year in which the school was buffeted by sports scandals.…

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How Many Protests Will It Take to Finally Diversify Our Campuses?

By William B. Harvey

It may appear to outside observers that colleges and universities have made tremendous progress in regard to racial attitudes and practices over the past several decades. Certainly, their brochures and other public-relations materials would lead to this conclusion, as do the messages on their websites and social-media platforms. But the intensity and frequency of demonstrations conducted by students of color at campuses across the nation during the last few months do not reconcile with the sense of racial harmony that the institutions have attempted to convey.…

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N.J. lawmakers seek to limit college tuition hikes

By Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — With the cost of college rising and graduates swimming in student debt, New Jersey lawmakers are calling for a cap on in-state tuition hikes at the state’s public college and universities.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee on Monday approved a bill (A552) that would place an annual 4 percent cap on in-state tuition and fee increases at public colleges.…

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Rutgers president gets hefty bonus — and a raise

By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEW BRUNWICK — Rutgers President Robert Barchi’s paycheck is getting a lot fatter.

The state university president was awarded a $97,000 annual bonus earlier this month after a closed-door meeting in New Brunswick with members of the Rutgers Board of Governors, according to university documents.

Barchi will also get a 2 percent pay raise, retroactive to July 1 of last year, along with other top Rutgers officials.…

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Early Childhood Offerings Would Expand With New Legislative Package

By John Mooney

All-day kindergarten, tax credits – and even a new Department of Early Childhood – proposed by influential state Senate Democrat

Early childhood education is getting a further boost from the state’s Democrat-led Senate, as a new package of bills announced yesterday would offer all-day kindergarten for all and provide tax credits for childcare expenses.…

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Steep Cost Of NJ’s Public Colleges Works Against Students, Hurts State

By Meir Rinde

Making a college education out-of-reach financially encourages students to attend school elsewhere — and they rarely return

The high cost of college and the staggering burden of student loan debt have spurred a variety of funding initiatives and policy plans at the national and state levels, from lottery-funded merit scholarships to proposed major expansions of federal subsidies.…

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State Budget For Education Is Tight, But Newark Schools May Get $20m Boost In Aid

By John Mooney

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Some names were conspicuously missing from the letter to Christie, including some outspoken critics of the administration like state Sen. Ronald Rice Sr. and the Newark Teachers Union.

Last night, NTU president John Abeigon said he was never invited to sign the letter but nonetheless agreed it was hard to argue with the letter’s intent.…

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College Affordability Commission Gets Suggestions From Professors

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News

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The New Jersey College Affordability Study Commission is getting input from faculty members on how to control the costs of higher education.

Susanna Tardi is a sociology professor at William Paterson University. She says one area to examine is the rampant increase in student fees.…

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Testimony for College Affordability Task Force Offers Ideas for Efficiency, Savings for Students

AFTNJ Higher Education Executive Vice President Sue Tardi, a professor from William Paterson, and Rutgers professors Dan O’Connor and Patrice Mareschal testified in Trenton for the College Affordability Task Force. The group offered a variety of recommendations for reducing college and student debt, improving emphasis on academics on and increasing accountability in Trenton.

Read Sue Tardi’s testimony

Read Patrice Mareschal’s testimony

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AFT New Jersey President Donna M. Chiera Calls for a Peoples’ Budget

Contact: Nat T. Bender, 908-377-0393

EDISON—American Federation of Teachers New Jersey president Donna M. Chiera on Chris Christie’s budget proposal:
“Governor Christie is trying to create a false narrative that public workers need to pay more for less health care in order to balance the state budget. The reality is that New Jersey’s teachers, nurses, firefighters and dedicated public servants already pay high premiums and should not be asked to pay more.…

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Rowan pursues Atlantic City medical school campus

By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer

Rowan University is preparing to take the first steps toward creating a medical school campus in Atlantic City, extending the footprint of its growing medical programs and potentially tapping a new student base there.

Rowan trustees are set to vote Wednesday on a feasibility study to explore an Atlantic City partnership between the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and AtlantiCare.…

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SCCC announces layoffs to help stabilize finances

By Joe Carlson New Jersey Herald

NEWTON — Experiencing fewer than projected credit hours with the expectation of further enrollment decline, Sussex County Community College will lay off more than 20 employees effective June 30, the end of its fiscal year.

In making the announcement to the college community Friday afternoon, college President Jon Connolly said the workforce reduction is necessary to stabilize the college’s financial position.…

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Kean’s $219K table was shipped before it was even approved, report says

UNION — Kean University’s $219,000 conference table was already on a boat from China when the public voted to approve the purchase, a report says.

Internal emails show university president Dawood Farahi authorized the acquisition at least four months before the state school’s trustees approved the spending, a move required by school policy and state law, the Record reported.…

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Emails show Kean’s $219,000 table was sent before it was OK’d

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

Kean University’s controversial $219,000 custom-made conference table was already ordered, built and on a boat from China by the time a required public vote was taken to approve the purchase, internal emails show.

The president of the university, Dawood Farahi, apparently gave the go-ahead for the luxury purchase — without advertising and competitive bidding — months before trustees at the state school approved the spending, a step required by both the school’s own policies and state law.…

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