Kean University, Essex County College issued warnings after failing reviews

James Castiglione, president of the Kean Federation of Teachers, said the faculty union has been warned for years the administration was not being transparent and accreditation may be in jeopardy.

“This is a big deal,” said Castiglione, an associate professor of physics. “It’s a fairly serious action that they are taking here.”

The professors will work with the administration to meet the Middle States requirements, Castiglione said.

Kean University, Essex County College issued warnings after failing reviews
Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 9:19 PM
By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

Two of New Jersey’s largest public colleges — Kean University and Essex County College — could lose their accreditation for failing to measure student progress or their own institution’s effectiveness.

Read full article at http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/07/kean_unviersity_and_essex_coun.html

Additionally, Castiglione is quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education at http://chronicle.com/article/Middle-States-Commission/128114/ (full article for subscribers only)

“The Kean Federation of Teachers has long pushed the administration to respect process, to honor faculty expertise, to be transparent and open in its dealings, and to provide faculty and staff the resources to do their jobs so as to avoid this type of outcome,” said James A. Castiglione, president of the federation, which is the full-time faculty union. “The KFT is prepared to work collaboratively with the administration so that the warning is removed for the best interests of the institution.”