Teachers, advocacy group question Kean University data showing no racial bias on campus

UNION, N.J. — Kean University has released a 122-page statistical report on whether African-American students and staff are treated fairly on campus.

The report was commissioned in December of 2015.

It states that the black student and staff population on campus is higher than at other New Jersey colleges; they promote African American employees at a higher rate than the general population; and Kean’s graduation rate among African American students is up 37 percent.…

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Refusing to Be Measured

Rutgers professors vote a second time to seek access to and limits on use of data from Academic Analytics — as faculty advocates vow to take such criticism to other campuses.

By Colleen Flaherty

The faculty of the Graduate School at Rutgers University in New Brunswick took a stand against Academic Analytics on Tuesday, resolving that administrators shouldn’t use proprietary information about faculty productivity in decisions about divvying up resources among departments, or those affecting the makeup of the faculty, graduate teaching assignments, fellowships and grant writing.…

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Report finds no bias at Kean University, but critics see flaws

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

An in-house review — for which Kean University had hired a consultant with a criminal background — has absolved the school’s administration of racial bias charges, but failed to convince critics, who renewed calls for an outside inquiry.

“Taxpayers across the state should be infuriated that Kean’s board of trustees paid $15,000 for a flimsy report written by someone who was clearly paid to see no evil and speak no evil,” said the Rev.…

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Big Spending on Athletics at Rutgers Targeted by In-Depth HBO Report

“Real Sports” Segment Focuses on College Athletics Arms Race That Cost RU $312M

By Hallel Ladin

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” ran a episode on April 19 that heavily featured the Rutgers athletics department.

One segment of the episode, “Arm$ Race,” explores the excessive athletics spending on campuses across the country.

The segment included many alarming statistics about the athletics spending on campus.…

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NJ state colleges brushing up on fundraising tactics

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

Rowan University turned to private donors recently to buy its president a $1 million home, which it claimed was needed, perhaps ironically, to entertain donors to the state school. Alumni giving at Rutgers rose from $66.7 million in 2006 to $187.9 million in 2015. And William Paterson University tripled the donations to a scholarship fund that this year awarded more than $1 million to students.…

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Media: Weingarten Joins National Walk In to Reclaim Our Schools in Newark

Contact: Nat Bender, 908-377-0393, nbender [@] aftnj.org

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (www.reclaimourschools.org) is linking together parents, educators, students, school staff and community members more than 70 cities across the country to “Walk in” to support the quality public schools that all our students deserve. With the challenges the Newark education community faces: a budget shortfall because of state mismanagement, crumbling infrastructure and lack of local control, AFT national president Randi Weingarten opted to start her day calling for adequate resources for Newark students.…

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N.J. lawmakers clash over plan for public-sector pensions

By Samantha Marcus, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

EAST BRUNSWICK — Senate President Stephen Sweeney defended his proposal to constitutionally mandate billions of dollars in public-sector pension contributions on Friday from a Republican budget officer who argued that without union concessions New Jersey would go bust.

The debate at the Public Employment Conference, hosted by the state bar, was a replay of the debate in the Legislature last session and a telegraph of disagreements to come as the summer deadline for putting constitutional amendments on the ballot approaches.…

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