New Jersey

Public colleges in N.J. face bleak future budgets, tough choices

Second nationally in deaths caused by the coronavirus. A frozen state budget. Efforts to recruit students to stay. How will higher education in New Jersey survive the coronavirus pandemic?

Rutgers president faces controversy on multiple fronts, including athletics

Even before athletics scandals, Rutgers president faced criticism on several fronts. Given his limited background in athletics, observers said it’s no surprise sports got away from him, and some worry about the cumulative impact of events in the last year.

U.Va. and other leadership controversies show that tenured faculty can still wield influence

U.Va. controversy and other leadership disputes show that, in particular instances, organized, tenured professors can still wield significant influence in direction of institutions.

Campaign by N.J. Colleges to Recruit In-State Students

The presidents of 10 public four-year colleges in New Jersey have launched an initiative asking New Jersey students to attend colleges in their home state.

The New Jersey Scholar Corps Program guarantees that students who attended colleges out of state can transfer credits to in-state institutions if they meet grade requirements. It also guarantees a speedy review of applications and campus housing, depending on the availability at the time the student submits an application.

The program also includes volunteer opportunities to help students build their professional networks.

About 120,000 New Jersey residents attend colleges in other states.

“New Jersey needs your energy, your intelligence and your commitment,” the presidents wrote in a joint statement. “This is an unprecedented period in our history, a time that calls for everyday heroes to show up and give back. Think of the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. Think of those natural disasters and crises when young people turned out to fight for what’s right, to push us toward a hopeful future.”

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N.J. governor expands free tuition at state's public colleges

New Jersey is trying to expand its tuition-free program from community colleges to four-year institutions. In this major exporter of students, the move could have ripple effects for colleges in nearby states.

Aid for Incarcerated in New Jersey

New legislation in New Jersey lets incarcerated people use state aid to pay for college.

Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, last week signed a law that will let incarcerated people use grant and scholarship money if they were New Jersey residents for at least a year prior to incarceration, according to NJ.com.

Those who take advantage of the new law, which was passed largely along party lines by Democrats, will have to go through the same process as anyone else who applies for state aid.

About 550 incarcerated people in New Jersey take college courses, and 300 more could be eligible under the new law, according to NJ.com. They will need to get approval from the state Department of Corrections to enroll in a college. The options include the College of New Jersey, Princeton University, Rutgers University and Raritan Valley Community College.

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Several states fund efforts to curb campus hunger and homelessness

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Several states have begun to fund efforts to help students with their basic needs amid growing concern about homelessness and hunger on campus.

Rider U issues layoff notices as it negotiates sale of Westminster Choir College

An international buyer intends to employ faculty and staff in the future, but Rider issued the layoff notices in case the deal falls through.

New Jersey finally decides what to do about a paid lecture by Snooki at Rutgers in 2011

New law bans use of state funds for such talks, but state funds weren’t used for the visit by the star of once popular reality show.

New exclusive transfer partnership ruffles feathers in New Jersey

New exclusive partnership between a New Jersey community college and a public university has upset officials at nearby institutions, who say the agreement may limit student choice.

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