MSU and the Challenges of Growth
Cole said she believes Montclair State "is a great university and can be even greater." It is lofty goal. No doubt her zeal will be kept in check by the surrounding communities who see more traffic, less parking and more students as a negative rather than a plus. It will be tenuous balance to maintain. But New Jersey must make a commitment to its public universities and colleges. Higher education is not a luxury; it is a requirement for the success of future generations of New Jerseyans. Yet support of public education is a political football - whether it is growth at Montclair State or deciding where to site a middle school in Clifton, education suffers when it succumbs to the whims of politicians and not the needs of students.