Wednesday, March 29, 2006

College chiefs preparing for tuition hikes --

College chiefs preparing for tuition hikes -- "Farish said he and 10 other presidents of public colleges and universities sat down with Corzine on Monday night at the governor's mansion in Princeton to discuss the proposed cuts, which would leave Rowan with a $15 million budget hole. He said the governor stressed that he wasn't trying to hurt higher education, and that if more tax revenues were found, his first priority would be to restore some of the cuts. "

Monday, March 27, 2006

State Budget :: Public Affairs :: The College of New Jersey: "What can you do?

Contact your local legislators and express your concern about the proposed higher education budget cuts.

Find your legislators:

* State Senate and General Assembly
* Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
* Assembly Budget Committee


Contact the governor's office and express your concern about the proposed higher education budget cuts.

* Contact the Governor"

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Higher-education funds wrong spot to cut budget | Home News Tribune Online

Higher-education funds wrong spot to cut budget | Home News Tribune Online: "Per capita spending on higher education is illustrative of New Jersey's weak position and indicates how much more the state needs to invest instead of chop. In 2003, New Jersey ranked 41st in state tax funds devoted to operating expenses of higher education per $1,000 of personal income, with a rate of only $5.52. The U.S. median was $7.50. California — the bellwether for excellence — spent $8.23. Specific to Rutgers, the state's share of educational costs at its flagship school fell from 64 percent in fiscal year 1992 to 54 percent in fiscal year 2002, as student share increased from 36 percent to 46 percent. The situation is about to grow worse."

Corzine ties cuts to college scandal

Corzine Cuts Stem from Bad Apple Theory

The Chronicle: Daily News Blog: N.J. Governor Lowers Boom on Public-College Spending: "“Frankly, the [medical-school] issue tells me there may be management weaknesses,” Governor Corzine told the Inquirer. It “tells me that the institutions are not as disciplined as we would like. ... This is not an accusation, but if there are weaknesses in one, there could be weaknesses in others.”

And the governor, who already has replaced the medical university’s president (The Chronicle, January 24), warned that if colleges raised tuition rather than tightening administrative expenses, he could “get to the tipping point” toward revamping New Jersey’s largely autonomous public higher-education system."

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Colleges and universities brace for state budget cuts --

Colleges and universities brace for state budget cuts -- "The $169 million in proposed cuts would put New Jersey behind other states where brighter budgets are allowing for expanded higher education funding, said Paul Shelly, spokesman for the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, which represents nine public schools. "

Higher Education Aid: It Looks Pretty Grim

Higher Education Aid: It Looks Pretty Grim: "State funding for higher education would be slashed 7.9 percent, or $169 million, in the spending plan that Governor Corzine is scheduled to unveil publicly today. The total would drop to $1.98 billion from $2.15 billion in the proposed 2007 budget.

The state's 12 senior public colleges and universities face a funding cut of $143 million or 9.6 percent, according to the plan. Community college funding would be slashed by $15.5 million, or 6.9 percent, and $24 million in state appropriations to private colleges and universities would be halved. There were smaller cuts in some other areas."

Monday, March 20, 2006

Patriot Act Game Available for Download

Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/20/2006 | Go directly to Gitmo; do not collect $200: "Designed by a New Jersey graphic artist and Arab civil-rights advocate, Patriot Act: The Home Version pokes fun at 'the historic abuse of governmental powers' by the renewed antiterrorism law."

Corzine To Cut Higher Ed 5 to 10% - Corzine Mulls Upcoming Budget: "Higher education could see cuts of 5 percent to 10 percent under Corzine's proposal, ultimately driving up the cost of in-state college tuition.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Corzine Eyes Cutting Higher Ed

Northern New Jersey!: "The biggest cuts would be in the Department of Higher Education, which oversees the state's public colleges and universities.

Higher education spending could be cut by $100 million, the sources said.

No layoffs are planned, although job cuts will come through attrition, the sources said."

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Transforming Undergraduate Education—Executive Summary of President's Recommendations

Idea of mini-college suits Douglass alums

Idea of mini-college suits Douglass alums: "After months of fighting to save one of the nation's last women's colleges, leaders of Douglass College's alumnae agreed yesterday to a compromise that will create a smaller all-female residential school on the Rutgers University campus.

But Douglass supporters vowed to keep fighting on one last issue: the new school's name."

Saturday, March 04, 2006

A win for women's college's defenders | Asbury Park Press Online

A win for women's college's defenders | Asbury Park Press Online: "Students, alumnae and faculty, chanting 'Save Douglass College' and waving red-and-white signs stating the same, protested the July 2005 recommendations of a Rutgers University task force to merge Douglass with Rutgers College, Livingston College and University College."

Editorial - NJ Must Commit to Colleges

CourierPostOnline - South Jersey's Web Site: "During the 1970s and '80s, the state funded 80 percent to 90 percent of all costs at state colleges, said Robert Haney Jr., a trustee with the Hall Institute. Now, the state funds only a little more than 50 percent of colleges' costs."