Monday, July 31, 2006

College 'bubble' is about to burst

College 'bubble' is about to burst: "Fueling the current college admissions frenzy are the 'baby boomletters' born in the late 1980s and early '90s. By 2009, the last of them will reach college age, heralding the first sustained decline in the number of graduating high school students in nearly two decades.

The drop is expected to be about 4 percent nationwide, but far sharper in the Northeast, according to the U.S. Department of Education. In Pennsylvania, a 10 percent decline is predicted. New Jersey's larger, and growing, Latino and Asian student populations mean that state probably will fare better than most, with an anticipated drop of just 2 percent."

Two states, two directions

Two states, two directions: "Of course, Penn State president Graham Spanier could point to fiscally befuddled New Jersey for evidence that his undergraduates caught a slight break by comparison. "

UMDNJ puts cancer center on hold

UMDNJ puts cancer center on hold: "New Jersey's troubled medical university and its major teaching hospital swallowed a tough pill yesterday in addressing mounting financial problems: more than 100 layoffs, program cutbacks, and an indefinite delay in the opening of a new $110million cancer center in Newark."

Friday, July 28, 2006

Rutgers to Lead Terrorism Screening Initiative

Rutgers' Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science has just received 3 million dollars from the Department of Homeland Security to develop a new terrorism information screening network. The project led by Rutgers, includes information analysts from AT&T Laboratories, Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs and Princeton University. The analysts will create new technologies capable of searching through blogs, web sites and other sources of news information for clues leading to terrorist activity. "We are proud of the receipt of this award," said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick. "It adds strength to Rutgers' ongoing commitment to research in the area of security, which is so important to our nation and particularly to the citizens of our state." Read the full story at

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Changing Face of the Scholarly Web: Finding Free, Quality, Full- Text Articles, Books, and More!

RedOrbit - Technology - The Changing Face of the Scholarly Web: Finding Free, Quality, Full- Text Articles, Books, and More! - written by Robert J. Lockie, associate professor-librarian, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J. - This article touches on and attempts to bring together pertinent resources on the free Web of interest to anyone, including librarians and other educators, who conducts research and would like to easily supplement their currently available holdings, in print and electronic formats and via commercial vendors' fee-based subscription databases, within their own libraries. Although somewhat limited by the directed scope and length of this article, the author believes that the alphabetical listing of annotated links under each section should get you moving in the right direction!

Friday, July 21, 2006

New School of Music to Open at Montclair

The Montclair University Board of Trustees has approved the formation of the John J. Cali School of Music. "In light of the impressive growth and significance of Montclair State's Music program, it is time to let our faculty and students take their well-earned place among the nation's best university-based schools of music," said University President Dr. Susan A. Cole. Thanks to a 5 million dollar gift from local musician and real estate entreprenuer John J. Cali, Montclair will offer scholarships to School of Music students as well as a full time professorship.

Read the full story.....
Newark DBusiness News

UMDNJ No. 1 producer of minority MDs

Here's some positive news for UMDNJ from Diverse magazine: "The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey retained its spot as the No. 1 producer of minority M.D.'s."

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Abuses at UMDNJ top $240 million, report finds

This is disgusting.
And yet Corzine vetoes the $4.3 million Outstanding Scholars Recruitment Program and keeps the $21 million earmark for UMDNJ.

Staff Cell Phones are Among Services Cut at Rowan

Fewer staff cell phones, reductions in landscaping services and vehicle purchases are just a few of the measures taken by Rowan University to offset state budget cuts. The university has also raised tuition by 8% and plans to increase enrollment by 100 students per semester. “We are not cutting back on class sections or professors,” Said Rowan President Donald Farish. “Students will not pay more for less.”

Press of Atlantic City

Monday, July 17, 2006

Rutgers slashes programs

Rutgers' Board of Governors yesterday ratified a 2006-07 academic year budget that includes $50 million in spending reductions, which they called a lamentable but a necessary outcome of a steep decline in state funding this year. Students face deep cuts in course offerings and an 8 percent rise in tuition when they return to the state university for the fall semester. Students will also contend with a dearth of new books at the library, shortened library hours and longer waiting times for repairs of computer-network outages. Read more, click here.

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey tuition to rise 8 percent

Undergraduate students will pay about $600 more to attend the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey full time in the upcoming academic year. The Stockton Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved an 8 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2006-2007 school year. An 8 percent tuition cap was included in the state budget, which also reinstated some — but not all — of the proposed cuts to higher education, and the state's public colleges are expected to raise tuition by that much. Read more, click here.

Budget crisis prompts College of N.J. cuts

Budget crisis prompts College of N.J. cuts: Faced with an $8 million budget shortfall because of state cuts in education funding, The College of New Jersey yesterday announced the end of its golf and cheerleading programs, among other actions to save money. Read more, click here.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Rutgers Hit Hard by State Budget Cuts

In response to the new state budget, Rutgers University has eliminated "750 jobs, 800 course sections and six intercollegiate sports." Tuition on the other hand, has been increased by 8%.

"This is not a happy day at Rutgers," said President Richard McCormick. The students' "ability to obtain an affordable Rutgers education is reduced."

Assemblyman Bill Baroni, R-Hamilton refers to the recent cuts at Rutgers as harmful to middle class families.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

NJ State Budget Cuts Aid to Princeton U.

"Budget 101: State erases Princeton aid, Footnote singles out university" article in The Star-Ledger, Wednesday, July 12, 2006 by Kelly Heyboer: "When the state Legislature passed the new state budget over the weekend, it contained a surprise one-sentence footnote denying state aid to any colleges 'with endowments in excess of $1 billion.'"

Monday, July 10, 2006

The NJ Internet Law Guide: What Would We Do Without It?

The ever-popular, ever helpful New Jersey Internet Law Guide by Rutgers Librarian Paul Axel-Lute was recently revised. Check it out at:

Restoration but Little Relief

This is the best account I've seen so far as to how the new budget will affect NJ Higher Ed. It's not pretty, especially for 4 year colleges and universities. Can someone explain to me Corzine's thinking behind vetoing the Outstanding Scholars Recruitment Program?

Inside Higher Ed :: Restoration but Little Relief: "As the smoke cleared on New Jersey’s budget situation over the weekend, college officials did not like much of what they saw."

Give him an 'A' for getting Kean a China campus

Give him an 'A' for getting Kean a China campus: "But no one -- not in New Jersey, not anywhere -- has done what Farahi managed, exporting itself to a country with the fastest-growing economy in the world. China."

Library Journal - NJ Librarian Faces Possible Disciplinary Action Over Subpoena Issue

Although this is a public library case, this affects academic librarians as well.

Library Journal - NJ Librarian Faces Possible Disciplinary Action Over Subpoena Issue: "Michelle Reutty, director of the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library, NJ, faces a hearing of the library board Monday, as the board considers disciplinary action regarding her response to a police request in May for library circulation records. Librarians and her lawyer say she's done nothing wrong. "

Thursday, July 06, 2006

State Colleges Postpone Tuition Hikes

New Jersey's state colleges may be open for business but tuition increases are on hold until state aid amounts are finalized.

According to an article in today's Atlantic City Press, Richard Stockton College spokesperson Tim Kelly states, "if there is no state budget by July 12, the college may send out fall semester bills with no tuition increase and adjust the bills later, once the state budget, state aid and tuition, are finalized."

Stockton's Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on July 12 while Rowan University has rescheduled its Board meeting from July 12 to July 19.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

N.J. Colleges Operate Despite State-Government Shutdown

"N.J. Colleges Operate Despite State-Government Shutdown but Expect Large Cuts in State Financing" Chronicle of Higher Education article byBen Leubsdorf: "New Jersey's colleges and universities were largely unaffected on Monday by the emergency shutdown of the state government, but officials fear that may change if the stalemate over a new state budget continues beyond this week.... But officials are on uncertain ground at the moment: New Jersey has never faced a state-government shutdown before, and no one knows what could happen."

Op-Ed: New Jersey higher ed cuts spell disaster

Blue Jersey: Covering NJ like a rug :: Op-Ed: New Jersey higher ed cuts spell disaster: "But here’s one thing I know: you don’t survive eating your seed corn. Education is still the primary engine of economic opportunity in this society, not just for individuals, but for industry and communities as well. This is the time for strategic public-private partnerships in education, not continued under-investment."

Sunday, July 02, 2006

More STARS on the Horizon?

The success of the New Jersey STARS program has prompted Brookdale officials to press lawmakers to expand the initiative to include community college transfer students.

In today's Asbury Park Press, Margaret M. McMenamin, Executive Vice President for Educational Services at Brookdale Community College states,"We at Brookdale Community College urge our legislators to propose and pass a law, to be known as NJ STARS III, which would extend the same tuition benefits to all community college graduates who complete their associate degrees with at least a 3.0 GPA, and who wish to attend a New Jersey public college, as those offered by STARS II."

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Librarian ensnared in privacy conflict

Librarian ensnared in privacy conflict: "At the center of the Hasbrouck Heights debate is a New Jersey law, in effect since 1985, that considers personal information of library users to be confidential. The legislation requires any individual or entity wishing access to those records to have a court order."