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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Seton Hall Board of Regents Appoints Dr. Mary Meehan as Interim President

Dr. Mary Meehan

South Orange, NJ, March 26, 2017 — The Board of Regents of Seton Hall University on March 23 voted unanimously to appoint Mary Meehan, Ph.D., a highly-respected higher education and healthcare leader, as well as a former Seton Hall administrator and university alumna, as its interim president, effective April 11.

Meehan’s appointment allows Seton Hall President A. Gabriel Esteban to focus full time on the transition to his new position as president of DePaul University.

The Board also authorized the launch of a nationwide search for the next president of Seton Hall University. Continue reading

Two New Jersey Business Schools Make U.S. News & World Report’s Grad School Rankings

Trenton, NJ, March 25, 2017 — Eric Strauss reports in NJBIZ that U.S. News & World Report revealed its 2018 rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools on Tuesday, rating 100 or more colleges and universities in a variety of programs.

Based on the rankings, New Jersey is well-represented in a number of fields, including business, law, medicine and more.

Among the nation’s best business schools, Rutgers Business School in Newark and New Brunswick tied for No. 50, tops among New Jersey colleges.

Stevens Institute of Technology ranked No. 83, the only other Garden State college to earn a numerical ranking. Continue reading

Rutgers Names Dr. Perry N. Halkitis Dean of School of Public Health

Dr. Perry Halkitis

Piscataway, NJ, March 24, 2017 — Perry N. Halkitis, senior associate dean of New York University’s College of Global Public Health, has been named dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Halkitis is expected to join Rutgers in August 2017.

Dr. Halkitis is also professor of global public health, applied psychology and medicine and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU, where he has focused a significant amount of his research on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse as well as the impact of psychiatric and psychosocial factors on mental health. Continue reading

Governor Christie Signs Bill Appropriating $34 Million for Higher Education Construction

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, March 24, 2017 — Gov. Chris Christie on March 14 signed legislation, strongly supported by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, appropriating the remaining $34 million from a voter-approved bond issue for construction projects at higher education institutions.

The appropriation is the balance remaining from the $750 million Building Our Future Bond Act that voters approved in 2012.

The 32 colleges and universities whose proposals won state-approval for this latest round of funding had to detail how their projects served students and aligned with New Jersey’s workforce needs. Continue reading

Governor Christie Partners with Community Colleges to Create New Economic Opportunities for All Residents

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, March 23, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie on March 20 announced a new partnership with the state’s 19 community colleges to provide all New Jerseyans with new pathways to economic opportunity through an expansion of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s “Career Connections” network.

Governor Christie made the announcement at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, where state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Acting Commissioner Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph. D., Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, and presidents from New Jersey’s community colleges convened to sign the agreement, setting a goal to increase the percentage of New Jersey residents who have earned employer-valued certificates and college degrees to at least 65 percent by 2025. Continue reading

Speaker Ryan Anticipates Changes to Trump’s Proposed NIH Budget Cuts

Speaker Paul Ryan

Washington, DC, March 22, 2017 — Rebecca Savransky reports in The Hill that U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on March 19 that he expects to see some changes made on Capitol Hill to President Trump’s federal budget proposal, which calls for nearly $6 billion in cuts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Speaker Ryan said NIH is “something that’s particularly popular in Congress.”

“We just passed the Cures Act, just this last December, to increase spending in the NIH, because we really think we’re kind of getting close to some breakthrough discoveries on cancer and other diseases,” Ryan said. Continue reading

NJPP Study: 500K New Jersey Residents Would Lose Insurance Under GOP Healthcare Plan

Trenton, NJ, March 22, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that U.S. House Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 500,000 more New Jersey residents without health insurance, according to a study released by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) just two days before lawmakers will be asked to vote on the bill.

Study highlights include:

  • Half a million New Jersey residents would lose health coverage;
  • 250 millionaires in the state are set to receive a total $14 million tax break;
  • The hardest-hit would be the 45 and older population and Medicaid populations — both of which are the largest enrolled groups.

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NJ Redevelopment Authority Teams Up with Thomas Edison State University for Staff Development

Trenton, NJ, March 22, 2017 — Eric Strauss reports in NJBIZ that the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA) is hoping to boost its effectiveness through staff development, partnering with Thomas Edison State University to help employees complete college degree programs, the two announced Tuesday.

Thomas Edison and the NJRA said in a news release that a recent survey found that 61 percent of employers offer undergraduate tuition assistance, while 59 percent offer graduate tuition assistance. Continue reading

New Jersey Continues to Invest Funds into Graduate Medical Education

Trenton, NJ, March 21, 2017 — Lilo H. Stainton reports in NJ Spotlight that, while funding for charity care has been significantly reduced in recent years, Gov. Chris Christie has been steadily increasing a separate fund to assist teaching hospitals, more than tripling New Jersey’s investment over the past eight years in facilities that train the next generation of doctors.

The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1, includes $218 million in Graduate Medical Education funds for the 43 hospitals that have programs for interns and residents, according to the state Department of Health, which administers it. Continue reading

Lobbying on Capitol Hill for Trumpcare, POTUS Says ‘We’re Gonna Have a Real Winner’

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, March 21, 2017The Washington Report reports that President Trump went to Capitol Hill this morning to sell the House GOP leadership’s plan to overhaul the health-care system as the legislation races toward an expected vote on the House floor by the end of this week.

“We’re gonna have a real winner,” Trump told reporters.  “There are going to be adjustments but I think we’ll get the vote on Thursday.”

Trump predicted the legislation would pass the House after emerging from the meeting. Continue reading