Monday, April 20, 2015

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:41 PM
“I am pleased to present a budget that keeps Burlington County College’s tuition rate steady and among the lowest in New Jersey. There is no better educational value in our state,” Paul Drayton Jr., the college’s president, said in the release.

Burlington County College will increase its per-credit costs by $6 next year, a 4.63 percent increase.

Tuition remains unchanged at $100 per credit hour, the college said in a news release, with the $6 increase coming from a $4 increase to a facilities fee and $2 increase to a technology fee.

For a full-time student, which the college defines as taking 12 credit hours a semester, the mandatory tuition and fees will rise to $3,252, from $3,108.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5:27 PM

A panel tasked with studying the affordability of New Jersey’s higher education system convened Wednesday afternoon for the first time, a largely organizational meeting where members settled on a framework for tackling their charge.

The law creating the panel gives it specific ideas to consider, including accelerated degree programs and a “Pay-It-Forward” model for paying tuition after graduating, before making recommendations in 18 months.

Not that the College Affordability Study Commission is limited to those ideas — the law also asks the members to examine “any other proposals that the commission believes would increase the affordability of higher education in the state.”

POSTED: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 3:56 PM

Lawmakers and college presidents on Wednesday questioned the Christie administration on the thinking behind $38 million in funding cuts to public colleges and universities for fiscal 2016.

Cuts in direct operating funding would range from as little as 0.52 percent at Rutgers-Camden to as high as 14.28 percent at Thomas Edison State College.

Administration officials have touted flat operating support to the schools, but that includes increases to “fringe benefits” — e.g. health care — to employees.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 5:49 PM

Camden County College and La Salle University in Philadelphia have signed a transfer agreement to give students at the community college conditional acceptance to the university.

Any student with a 2.5 grade point average graduating with specific majors will be guaranteed admission to La Salle, without a full transfer application or other criteria, under the terms of the agreement.

The agreement takes effect in the fall, covering the following Camden County College majors: biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, computer science, criminal justice, English, environmental science, history, law, government and politics, liberal arts and science (A.A.), liberal arts and science (A.S.), liberal arts and science — pre-nursing option, mathematics, and psychology, according to a news release.

POSTED: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 11:32 AM
Bill Cosby doffs his hat at Temple University's May 2013 graduation. Temple confirms Cosby will not speak at commencement this year. (APRIL SAUL / File Photograph)

Temple University’s commencement will go off this year without one of its staples – an address by embattled entertainer and alum Bill Cosby.

University officials confirmed Saturday that Cosby – who resigned his position on the board of trustees in December as decades-old allegations of sexual assault mounted - will not speak at Temple’s commencement on May 8.

Multiple sources had said in December that he would not speak. A spokesman went on the record Saturday.

POSTED: Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:46 PM
Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi walks past students Thursday, July 11, 2013, in New Brunswick, N.J., on his way to Rutgers University's Board of Governors meeting. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Robert L. Barchi, the president of Rutgers University, isn’t much of a talker. Not in the media, at least. He’ll talk at public events or agree to interviews about specific topics, but it’s rare for him to sit down and have a general, wide-ranging conversation with a media outlet.

So a recent interview with The Daily Targum, the student newspaper at the New Brunswick campus, provides a good opportunity to hear from him directly.

Here are five takeaways:

POSTED: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:14 PM
Bunce Hall at Rowan University. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)

New Jersey college students received more than $2.9 billion in financial aid in the 2012-13 school year, according to information the state released this week.

Students at the then-12 public four-year colleges and universities received $1,358,414,000, the state said. (The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has since been dismantled and subsumed into Rutgers University and Rowan University.)

Community college students received $469,941,000, and those at private non-profit schools — including Princeton University and Rider University — received $1,015,299,000. Students at for-profit schools, including DeVry University and the University of Phoenix, received $106,658,000.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 10:31 AM
Villanova University appointed Patrick G. Maggitti, who currently serves as dean of the business school, as its first provost. (Handout photo)

Villanova University on Tuesday appointed its first provost, Patrick G. Maggitti, who currently serves as dean of the business school.

Maggitti will take over on Aug. 1 as the university’s chief academic officer and second-in-command of the Main Line Catholic university, which enrolls more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

His selection follows a national search to fill the new position; in the past, the university had a vice president for academic affairs, whose responsibilities were not as vast.

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