How are 3 N.J. colleges spending millions in student fees?

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — Three New Jersey public colleges have a “heavy reliance” on millions in mandatory students fees but lack transparency about how that money is spent, according to a new state audit.

The review conducted by the state comptroller focuses on Kean University, the College of New Jersey and William Paterson University.…

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Rutgers students explain impact of tuition rollback at Board of Governors open hearing

By Nikhilesh De

The Rutgers Board of Governors hosted an open hearing on tuition rates Thursday night in the College Avenue Student Center multipurpose room, where members of the University community could discuss what a tuition increase or rollback would mean to them.

One student opened by saying she was $60,000 in debt. Another’s father discussed how he had to take out a loan to help his daughter pay for college, despite being a retiree.…

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Rutgers One fights for fair pay, tuition rollbacks

By Jonathan Xiong

A coalition of students groups and labor unions are working to defend public education.

Rutgers One, an organization whose major members include the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Black Lives Matter and the Union of Rutgers Administration, are actively trying to ensure all instructors are paid fairly without burdening students unduly.…

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Liz Gray Latest @NJAFLCIO Winning #1u Labor Candidate

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program has extended its recent streak of victories with the re-election of union sister Elizabeth Gray to the Garfield Board of Education.

The former AFTNJ vice president first won election to the board three years ago after successfully completing the NJ AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidates School.

A former president of AFT Local 3977, Garfield Federation of Teachers, Gray was the highest vote-getter in the April 19 school board election.…

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Montclair State Board of Trustees Holds Annual Tuition Hearing, But Where Were the Students?

By Daniel Falkenheim, Web Editor

The Montclair State University Board of Trustees held their annual tuition hearing on Friday, but no more than five students appeared at the hearing. Only three students signed up to speak at the hearing in advance, which is a far cry from when dozens of members of the Montclair State Students for a Democratic Society showed up to protest tuition hikes at hearings in 2012.…

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Rutgers should slash tuition 2.5 percent, coalition says

By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University should celebrate its 250th anniversary by giving students a gift – a 2.5 percent tuition decrease, according to a coalition of student and faculty groups.

Rutgers One, a coalition that includes the faculty union and student groups, plans to hold a rally Thursday calling for the tuition cut before a hearing held by the Rutgers Board of Governors, the board that is preparing to set the state university’s 2016-2017 tuition rates.…

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HBO telling ‘Real’ story about N.J.

HBO, with no ties that bind it to the NCAA, is able to pursue certain truths. Thus, Tuesday’s 10 p.m. Real Sports should be of great interest and concern to taxpayers, especially New Jersey’s.

As seen and heard in a piece anchored by Jon Frankel, D-I football and basketball colleges have sold their souls — their students, academic standards and financial stability — for nothing more beneficial to society than trying to win ballgames.…

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Keeping a watchful eye drives up college costs

By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer

When college tuition rates go up this year – as they will at most schools – one of the driving forces will be the cost to prevent football concussions, combat sexual assault, and keep hackers out of school networks.

Responding to growing legal and regulatory requirements and wary of becoming the next crisis in the headlines, colleges and universities have added staff, increased employee training, and overhauled policies.…

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