Archive for August, 2009

Welcome to the 2009/2010 Academic Year

We at the Library extend best wishes and felicitations to both new and returning students. Please remember that we are here to help you, no matter what your information needs. The regular hours for the Library look like this:

Monday-Thursday  7:30am – 10pm; Friday 7:30am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5pm                                                                                                                                   The Library will be closed from Saturday, 9/5 through Monday 9/7, and    Thursday, 11/26 through Sunday, 11/29; we’ll have extended hours for exams on Monday 12/14-Thursday 12/17 staying open until 11pm.  A more detailed calendar is here.

Here are some handy NJCU sites for you. When you need to contact a department or faculty member, use the university’s online campus directories. To purchase textbooks for your courses and to see if there are used cheaper copies, access the bookstore. If you need to consult master course lists or catalogs, you may come to the Library or peruse the latest versions here. And let us not forget the Office of Campus Life. All students should read the NJCU Student Handbook – the Gothic Guide  – and be familiar with NJCU’s Academic Integrity Policy, Copyright Policy and Related Guidelines, and its Responsible Use of Computing Resources. Also, please peruse the award-winning Gothic Magazine and keep up with the Gothic Knights sports teams at this official and informative site. And read about the history of NJCU as well. Make the most of your time here.

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“Cash for Clunkers” Statistics

The CARS(Car Allowance Rebate System) program, which ended on Monday, August 24, resulted in 700,000 older polluting vehicles being removed from the road at a cost of just under $3 billion. More statistics, including what models were turned in for what new improved mileage cars,  can be accessed here. FYI, New Jersey generated a little over $103 million in vouchers.

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2009 SAT Results for New Jersey

The Collge Board has just released College Bound Seniors 2009, a detailed report examining the results of the SAT tests taken through March 2009 by the high school graduating cohort of 2009.  More than 1.5 million students took the SATs, the results of which are broken into academic and demographic tables/statistics. For example, Table 17 which deals with foreign languages reveals that those who took Latin scored highest in critical reading, while those who studied Chinese scored highest in mathematics. What is also instructional in this table is the gender breakdown of language takers. There are separate reports for the fifty states; New Jersey‘s report, based on over 84,000 test takers, includes intended college major(table 26) and the top 45 institutions to whom SAT scores were submitted(table 27).

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Swine Flu and Higher Education

Institutions of higher education have barely opened their doors and already there are reports of swine flu: Auburn University and the University of Alabama spring to mind. Even universities in the Emirates are preparing for a reappearance of this disease. The CDC has recently issued a Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education; additional relevant information may be found here. New Jersey’s plans for all sectors are readily available for perusal. This fascinating piece – Swine Flu and Student Health: Past and Present – is well worth the reading time. The monograph mentioned in this writing, Edward Clarke’s Sex in Education, is an eye-opening read as it discusses the deleterious effects of higher education on a woman’s constitution and nervous system.

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U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”

Well it is that time again for the annual release of this highly anticipated list. 1400 schools are profiled here out of the 3328 four-year institutions in this country, which we assume means that if an institution makes it onto the list, it must be a worthy one. You can read about the methodologies employed as well as those who criticize these lists. Other college rankings are published by The Princeton Review, Online Education Database, and Forbes. NJCU ranks near the top of the lists for both economic diversity and campus ethnic diversity.

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How Do U.S. Students Compare to Others on International Tests?

Yesterday, the 2009 Special Analysis section of the Condition of Education was released. This time, the analysis examines how well U.S. students fared on the following international assessment tests: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study(PIRLS); the Program for International Student Assessment(PISA); and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS). This is the first time that the full results from all three tests have been made public together.  According to the summary: “The performance of U.S. students neither leads nor trails the world in reading, mathematics, or science at any grade or age.” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan states:  “Today’s report[referring to the Special Analysis] is another wake-up call that our students are treading the waters of academic achievement while other countries’ students are swimming faster and faster.” An earlier report – Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-8 Countries: 2009 – should also be perused.

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Directory of Sustance Abuse Treatment Programs

This guide from the Sustance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration lists more than 11000 licensed or certified  centers which can be searched by geographic location. Each facility listing provides contact information, special services offered, payment method, and intended audience(HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders).

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