Growing resentment evident in overwhelming vote to cut Rutgers athletic budget, faculty say

By Jarrett Renshaw/Statehouse Bureau

NEW BRUNSWICK — Battered by budget and salary cuts as spending on sports increases each year, faculty at Rutgers University’s school of the Arts and Sciences Wednesday called for cutting university subsidies to the athletic department and giving students a voice in how their money is spent.

Faculty members who packed Voorhees Hall said the 174-3 vote shows their growing resentment over pumping millions into an athletic department that is among the biggest money-losers in the nation.…

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Rutgers University faculty calls for cuts to athletic department subsidies

By Jarrett Renshaw/Statehouse Bureau

NEW BRUNSWICK — Battered by budget and salary cuts, the faculty at Rutgers University’s school of the Arts and Sciences overwhelmingly supported a resolution today that called for cutting university subsidies to the athletic department and giving students a voice in how their money is spent.

The resolution, which passed by a vote of 174-3, symbolizes the faculty’s growing resentment over the athletic department’s increased consumption of university dollars that could otherwise be used for academics.…

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Christie plan for university reshuffling means another chapter for Rowan

GLASSBORO — Twenty years ago, Rowan University’s reputation was synonymous with its teachers college, which prepared hundreds of elementary and special education instructors for South Jersey classrooms each year.

Back then, the school in Glassboro was known as Glassboro State College, and students looking for a bustling college town with a robust nightlife or a research institution with endless courses of study had to look elsewhere.…

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Star Ledger Editorial: Investigation of Kean president the best way to settle dispute

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

The last thing New Jersey needs is another public official lying about his past. We’ve had our fill of people who should know better than to shade the truth to their advantage, followed by the tepid non-apology when they get caught. It usually begins “Mistakes were made … ”

That’s why it’s disheartening to hear the faculty union charges against Kean University president Dawood Farahi.

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Dramatic restructuring of N.J.’s university system would create 3 research campuses

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a dramatic restructuring of New Jersey’s university system Wednesday that would break up the state’s medical university while creating a major new public research campus at Rowan University in South Jersey.

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Chris Christie repeats misleading statistic on Newark’s high school graduation rate

Gov. Chris Christie pushes his plans to reform New Jersey public schools using student performance in urban school districts as one of his statistical battering rams, but consistently misrepresents the high school graduation rate of the state’s largest district.

Christie claims fewer than 25 percent of freshmen in Newark high schools graduate in four years. PolitiFact New Jersey debunked similar statements twice — first in June, then again in November.…

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Rutgers president list down to several dozen candidates

By Nic Corbett/The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — The search for the next president of Rutgers University is expected to heat up significantly in the next two to three months.

The 24-member search committee has collected more than 250 nominations for the next president of the 58,000-student university and narrowed down the list to several dozen interested candidates, said chairman Greg Brown, chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions.…

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Montclair State plans home for newly created communications school

By Nic Corbett/The Star-Ledger

MONTCLAIR — A week after Montclair State’s trustees created a communications school, the university is busy planning a home for it.

The School of Communication and Media, in the making over the past two years, was created to better prepare Montclair State’s students for the evolving media field, Montclair State University Provost Willard Gingerich said.…

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N.J. schools grow more dangerous as violence statistics increase

By Ted Sherman/The Star-Ledger

New Jersey schools grew more dangerous last year, with steadily increasing reports of violence in districts across the state.

Though there were 276 fewer assaults in the schools, the overall number of violent incidents — which included gang fights, robberies, sex offenses and criminal threats — increased by 5.6 percent over the past three years, according to the latest figures released Friday by the state Department of Education (viewable below).…

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50 briefly occupy N.J. Department of Education lobby to protest charter schools

By Christopher Baxter/Statehouse Bureau

TRENTON — Protesters angry about the Christie administration’s charter school initiatives briefly occupied the lobby of the state Department of Education this morning, chanting, “charter reform now!”

The group of about 50 people from Highland Park, Edison, New Brunswick, Teaneck, Montclair, Cherry Hill, Voorhees and South Orange said the state was dividing their communities by considering putting charter schools there.…

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Rutgers thaws pay freeze for selected non-union employees

Nic Corbett/The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University is giving raises and holiday bonuses to less than one-fifth of its staff — those that don’t belong to a union.

University officials said they didn’t want non-union employees to be adversely affected by the unions’ negotiating strategy.

The decision upset Rutgers’ unions, some of whose members haven’t raises for about two years.…

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No time is being wasted creating Rutgers medical school

Nic Corbett/The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — Although there’s been no official order, it’s full steam ahead in planning for a proposal that would establish a medical school at Rutgers University.

“It is a complicated proposal,” Rutgers President Richard McCormick said of the proposed partial merger of medical facilities between Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.…

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