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Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

A New Jersey college’s threat to sue an accrediting group that criticized one of its master’s degree programs amounts to an ill-conceived waste of time and money, its faculty union says.

A week after Kean University said it’s “standing up for what is right,” union leaders lashed out at the university for its reaction to losing an accreditation for its master’s of public affairs program.

“Instead of wasting money on legal challenges, Kean University management should address glaring deficiencies,” said James Castiglione, president of the Kean Federation of Teachers.

Castiglione called on Kean to hire more full-time faculty and staff to teach and counsel public administration students. He and other union leaders rejected Kean’s attack of the accrediting organization, The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

“New Jersey should be able to rely on Kean University to cultivate another generation of well-educated public servants in the public administration program,” said Donna Chiera, president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. “Instead, we are being shortchanged.”

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