Wednesday, October 25, 2006

UMDNJ First to Offer Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Courier-Post, Wednesday, 10.25.06 - In response to increased enrollment, UMDNJ now offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program in addition to its new BSN/MSN accelerated program for non-nurses. The university's DNP program is the first of its kind in New Jersey. The accelerated or fast track BSN/MSN program, allows students to earn their bachelor's degree in less than 15 months. It includes three required master's courses, for easy transition to a master's specialty. For more information, please visit
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

College tuition, fees up more than 6%

Daily Record - Updates - College tuition, fees up more than 6%- Figures for four-year public schools show financial aid isn't keeping up - In New Jersey, tuition at public, four-year schools rose 9 percent, from an average of $8,563 to $9,298. Tuition for two-year schools rose 8 percent, from $2,954 to $3,187, and four-year private schools rose 5 percent, from $23,857 to $25,155. Read the entire article in the Daily Record, click here.

Many parents ill-prepared to pay for kids' college

Many parents ill-prepared to pay for kids' college
Sunday, October 22, 2006 By HEATHER HADDON - HERALD NEWS

New Jersey is one of the most difficult states for families to save for college because of the high cost of living and expensive tuitions, which at public colleges average around $9,000. Financial advisers worry that parents underestimate how far their savings will go, or that some may have to sacrifice their retirement to do it. The picture, however, is not all gloom and doom. Read the rest of the story here.

NJCU Dedicates Weiss Childrens and YA Literature Center

Jersey Journal, Tuesday, 10.24.06 - NJCU recently named it's Center for Childrens and Young Adult Literature in honor of professor of communications emeritus, M. Jerry Weiss.

"I'm very honored and very grateful to the faculty, board of trustees and administrators for making possible a center whose mission is to promote literacy by helping young people discover the wealth of good books and find pleasure in reading."

Weiss is also a past recepient of the International Reading Association’s Arbuthnot Award

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

To teach tech-savvy Millennials, forget boring books and lectures

To teach tech-savvy Millennials, forget boring books and lectures - They [the Millenials] are the most diverse -- and perhaps the smartest -- generation in U.S. history. And Richard Sweeney thinks the nation's colleges and universities need to start making changes to teach them better.

Sweeney, the university librarian at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, specializes in documenting the behavior of Millennials, the generation born between 1979 and 1994 or so. Over the last few years, he has become a popular speaker on the academic lecture circuit, touring the nation to talk to college faculties and higher education groups about closing the widening gap between Millennials and their Baby Boom professors.
"I believe there is a real incentive in trying to engage these kids," said Sweeney, 60. "These are consumers. They want to learn."

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Princeton Justice Project Works for Equal Marriage Rights

Daily Princetonian, Tuesday 10.17.06 - Backed by a majority of students, The Princeton Justice Project submitted an amicus brief on behalf of plaintiffs in the Lewis V. Harris case. The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case which deals with same sex marriage within the next few weeks.

"I think our brief had a major impact, and I think it would be exciting, if [the plaintiffs] win the case, to know that we contributed to such a landmark decision," Chris Lloyd '06, former head of the Gay Family Rights Project of the PJP, said in an interview last night. "A lot of the issues the judges had discussed were issues addressed in our brief."

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Rutgers squashes report of demise of Freehold facility

Contrary to a published report concerning the impact of state budget cuts on higher education, Rutgers University does not plan to cut back or eliminate its program at the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, Route 9, Freehold Township, according to a university official. To read the full story, click here.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Princeton University - Two weeks of festivities celebrate 250th anniversary of 'Princeton in Princeton'

Princeton University - Two weeks of festivities celebrate 250th anniversary of 'Princeton in Princeton' - Two decades before America began its fledgling democracy, a school in its own infancy took up residence on a small parcel in Princeton, N.J. The land became the home of Princeton University's Nassau Hall and Maclean House, which remain today as symbols of the region's past and its progress.Celebrating this heritage and the enduring relationship with its Princeton neighbors, the University will join with community groups to host the 250th anniversary celebration of "Princeton in Princeton" Oct. 21 to Nov. 4. Click here to read the entire story.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Drew president: University needs 'pep in its step'

Daily Record - Morris County - Drew president: University needs 'pep in its step' - In his second year as president of Drew University, Robert Weisbuch said it's time to stop talking about change and start acting. Weisbuch announced three new initiatives on Thursday and challenged the faculty, staff and students to chart a vision for the Drew of 2020.

"The university requires, I believe, some immediate pep in its step, an adrenal charge," Weisbuch said in an annual university address in the campus concert hall. Read the full story here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Stockton Introduces Homeland Security Training

Atlantic City Press, 10.9.06: Richard Stockton College now offers a homeland security concentration as part of its graduate criminal justice program.

New resident expert, Maj. Mark Anarumo of the U.S. Air Force Security Forces has been assigned to Stockton for a three year tour of duty. “Right now, we are sending people to a lot of criminology programs, which are more theoretical than practical,” Anarumo said. “And the process is more disjointed. We would like to promote this as the definitive program for military security forces and civilian operations.”

The program will include courses and workshops on topics such as airport security, crime-mapping and cybercrime.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Princeton welcomes Della, Orangena and Hecate

Actually, we are not talking about people but supercomputers. Part of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering PICSE, the powerful supercomputers will establish the University "as one of the nation's leading university-based research computing centers." Della, with 512 processors, is a product of Dell Computing; Orangena incorporates aspects of its original name and one of Princeton's colors ; and, Hecate was a Greek goddess of magic and spells. To read more, click here.

Related stories: One of world's fastest supercomputers to aid Princeton researchers (Princeton University News@Princeton November 10, 2005)
Princeton establishes leading research computing facility (Princeton University News@Princeton Oct 2, 2006)
Princeton unveils supercomputers (Newark Star-Ledger Oct 3, 2006)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Colleges Build Better Facilities to Compete for Students

According to a recent American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) colleges and universities are building classrooms, dormitories, student centers and athletic centers at faster rates, in hopes of attracting students, who consider first-rate facilities more important than ever.

Montclair State University in New Jersey has spent $144 million since 1999 to more than double the space in its campus buildings, to 3 million square feet from 1.3 million. In January, the university opened a seven-story, $80 million University Hall, which increased classroom space by 40 percent. The university is now building a $28 million recreation center. “I don’t think there’s a lot you can do in higher education these days without state-of-the-art facilities,” said Susan Cole, president of Montclair. To read the entire article, click here.