Report: Higher education enrollment declines again

Higher education’s total enrollment for the spring 2022 semester fell 4.1 percent (685,000 students) compared to spring 2021, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

“Following a 3.5 percent drop last spring, postsecondary institutions have lost nearly 1.3 million students since spring 2020,” the research center wrote in a May 26 post on its website.…

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Virtual forum looks at shifting education landscape

Join The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Goldie Blumenstyk and a panel of experts May 25 for the virtual forum “The Changing Higher-Ed Ecosystem.”

Topics of discussion will include the potential impact of growing competitors to traditional college programs and how new innovations will affect students.

The session begins at 2 p.m. ET on May 25. To register, click here.…

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Murphy touts PSLF program’s availability, expanded eligibility

Gov. Phil Murphy on May 23 led a roundtable discussion about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, describing it as “a gem, but in many cases, a hidden gem.”

The PSLF program, Murphy explained, “allows people working throughout the public or nonprofit sectors to have that service credited against their outstanding federal student loans.…

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AAUP issues latest survey of tenure practices

In its 2022 survey of tenure practices, the American Association of University Professors says that 82.3 percent of colleges permit faculty members to extend their probationary period prior to being awarded tenure — a practice known as “stopping the tenure clock.”

“Of those that offer policies to stop the tenure clock, 92.5 percent make the option available to faculty members regardless of gender, in recognition that partners can be coequal caretakers of newborn or newly adopted children,” reads the report.…

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Local 1940 AFT, Middlesex College students engulf Chambers Hall for informational picket

About 100 Middlesex College full-time faculty, staff and students on May 3 participated in a Local 1940 AFT-led informational picket on the Edison campus in and around Chambers Hall.

The event served to put a spotlight on Local 1940 AFT’s two-year quest for a new contract.

Sign-toting participants walked outside and through Chambers Hall, then gathered in the lobby and on the second floor — where Middlesex College President Mark McCormick’s office is — chanting “Settle now!”…

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AFT Summer Educator Academy set for July 19-28

Registration is open for AFT’s Summer Educator Academy 2022, taking place July 19-28 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

As described by the AFT, the summer academy “provides teachers and school support staff with tools, resources and turnkey strategies they can use to help build the professional capacity of their local unions — to amplify the voice of our members and advocate for what we know is needed to meet the challenges we face in classrooms and work settings every day.”…

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Brookdale adjuncts spread the word about their contract struggles

The Brookdale Adjunct Faculty Chapter of AFT Local 2222 gathered April 26 near Brookdale Community College’s Bankier Library to engage with students and ask them to support the school’s adjunct professors in their quest for a first contract.

BAFC Acting President Joan Carroll and Negotiations Chair Jim Schmitt were joined by AFTNJ President Donna M.…

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Local 1940 AFT members have their say at Middlesex County board meeting

On April 21, about 70 members of Middlesex College’s full-time faculty, along with some current students, attended the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners meeting in New Brunswick to support Local 1940 AFT as it continues its efforts for a new contract.

Sheema Majiduddin, a counselor at Middlesex College, was the first in a long line of speakers, and she addressed the overall atmosphere at the school. “The…

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Executive officers, VPs elected at AFTNJ 2022 Convention

Donna M. Chiera on April 9 was reelected as AFTNJ president at the AFTNJ 2022 Convention in East Brunswick.

As for the other AFTNJ executive officers: Dr. Susanna Tardi was reelected as executive vice president/higher education, Pat Paradiso was elected executive vice president/prekindergarten to 12, Leigh-Anne Cobb was elected as secretary, and Jennifer S. Higgins was reelected as treasurer.…

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Gender curbed chances at promotion, say 28 percent of female faculty, staff

Interviews conducted by Gallup in October 2021 with 10,000-plus active female faculty and staff members nationwide show that 28 percent of all participants feel they were passed over for a promotion based on gender.

Broken down by race/ethnicity, 33 percent of Hispanic female faculty and staff say they were passed over due to gender, followed by Asian (30 percent), white (28 percent) and black (24 percent) women in those roles at Title IV degree-granting, two- and four-year colleges and universities.…

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Marten, Ingram salute ARP’s mark on education in joint Newark visit

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Fedrick Ingram visited Newark’s Oliver Street School on March 29 to highlight how American Rescue Plan funds have been implemented in the city’s public schools.

“Right here in your school district, you’ve used these ARP funds to provide extra tutoring to students, and that’s accelerating learning, and that’s accelerating recovery,” Marten said.…

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Panelists to discuss future of grading, assessment

Join Chronicle of Higher Education senior writers Beth McMurtie and Beckie Supiano on March 25 for the virtual discussion “Talking About Teaching: The Future of Grading and Assessment.”

They’ll be joined by three panelists to answer questions about using proctoring software, better ways to evaluate student learning beyond tests and more.

To register for the session, which begins at 2 p.m.…

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