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Education

Op-Ed: NJ Assn. of State Colleges and Universities’ Dr. Michael Klein Urges ‘Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ’s State Colleges, Universities’

Dr. Michael Klein

Trenton, NJ, August 23, 2017NJ Spotlight on August 14 published the following op-ed by Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities:

The ideal college, according to President James Garfield, was having Mark Hopkins, the president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, “on one end of a log and a student on the other.”

Times have changed a bit since Garfield graduated from Williams in 1856. To be sure, professors and their classrooms are important, but so too are libraries, laboratories, computers, and high-speed connections to the Internet.  Continue reading

NJ Lawmakers Establish Legislative Manufacturing Caucus to Fund Expansion of Technical and Vocational Schools

Trenton, NJ, August 19, 2017 — Vince Calio reports in NJBIZ that vocational and technical workers in the state are set to get a large boost from the government.

State lawmakers on August 15 created the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, which will work over the next year to create legislation that would issue municipal bonds to fund the creation and expansion of technical vocation schools in the state.

Those schools are generally designed to train workers without four-year college degrees for careers in manufacturing, and give them a path to a four-year degree. Continue reading

NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks: ‘In Praise of Peace and Prosperity’

Secretary Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, August 4, 2017New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks writes in her July 2017 newsletter:

Judging by the many excellent submissions we received for our special International Theme blog, New Jersey colleges and universities clearly understand the critical importance of preparing our students to serve and compete in an increasingly global society.

I am delighted that New Jersey institutions are offering opportunities for study in West Africa, Cuba, the Alps and Venice, to name but a few of the international locations described in stories elsewhere in our blog today.   Continue reading

Princeton University Ranks No. 1 on Money Magazine’s List of Best Colleges for Your Money

Princeton, NJ, July 16, 2017 — Eric Strauss reports in NJBIZ that Money Magazine is out with its ranking of the Best Colleges for Your Money, listing — appropriately for this week — 711 institutions of higher learning that provide strong value for their cost.

Among the 711 institutions on the new list, 18 from New Jersey made the cut, including three in the Top 50 and the No. 1 school overall.

Coming in at No. 1 was Princeton University, while The College of New Jersey in Ewing came in at No. 24 and Rutgers University-New Brunswick was ranked No. 49. Continue reading

Governor Christie Swears in Kimberley Harrington as State Education Commissioner

Kimberley Harrington

Trenton, NJ, July 14, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie on July 12 presided over the swearing in of Kimberley Harrington as New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner.

Harrington had been Acting Commissioner for the past nine months.  Her nomination as commissioner was approved by the State Senate in June.

“Kimberley’s body of experience and deep devotion to providing New Jersey students with the highest quality education make her a perfect choice to lead the Department of Education as Commissioner,” said Governor Christie.  “I am pleased to have her as part of my cabinet and working to strengthen educational opportunities for all New Jersey students.” Continue reading

Opinion: Allergan Chief Brent Saunders on Helping Our Daughters Stick with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)’

Brent L. Saunders

Parsippany, NJ, June 22, 2017Brent L. Saunders, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Allergan plc, yesterday wrote the following opinion piece on his CEO blog:

As the CEO of a biopharma company that is focused on innovation for patients, I was struck recently by the scientific thinking and discovery happening at an event that might surprise you: my daughter’s high school science fair.

The projects tackled scientific mysteries such as why different shades of color trigger a neurological response including mood, how mathematical statistics explain the so-called “Birthday Paradox” and more. Continue reading

Opinion: Assemblyman Gary Schaer on ‘A Blueprint for Tomorrow’

Asm. Gary Schaer

Trenton, NJ, June 20, 2017Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, last month shared the following with Innovation New Jersey readers:

Each time we tackle the state budget, we are reminded that it is a living, breathing document that, at its core, should fundamentally reflect our priorities.  As we enter final deliberations in crafting this year’s state budget, that reminder is all the more potent.

One of the reasons New Jersey’s economy lagged far behind most of the nation after the Great Recession is because we failed to make the proper investments to capitalize on our strengths and leverage our assets to grow our economy.  We cannot expect to move forward and grow as a state without planting the proper seeds.  Continue reading

Essex County College Names Dr. Anthony E. Munroe 8th President

Dr. Anthony Munroe

Newark, NJ, May 29, 2017 — Dr. Anthony E. Munroe is Essex County College’s new leader following his appointment as president by the College Board of Trustees on May 16.

Dr. Munroe, who previously served as president of Malcolm X College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago system, becomes Essex’s 8th president in its history.  He is serving as interim president through May 31.

The Board unanimously approved his appointment as president effective June 1 through May 31, 2020. Continue reading

Christie Administration Releases 2017 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending

Trenton, NJ, April 26, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Education last month released the 2017 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending.

“The annual spending guide is a tool designed to provide transparency to New Jerseyans about how schools spend their taxpayer dollars to educate students,” said Acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington.

The Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending includes two types of total expenditures for school districts’ annual budgets: Continue reading

Five New Jersey Students Are Among 161 High School Students Named as 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on May 5 announced the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

Five of this year’s honorees hail from New Jersey:

  • Sanjana Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer Cty Tech Schools – Health Science Academy
  • Winona H. Guo, Princeton – Princeton High School
  • Lianah Sta. Ana, Freehold – Howell High School
  • Gavin P. Lifrieri, Fort Lee – Fort Lee High School
  • Benjamin Wenzelberg, Tenafly – Tenafly High School

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