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Who’s Speaking Where? 2019 Commencement Speakers

This is not a comprehensive list, but it does indeed give quite a number of speakers; see how many of them are speaking at more than one event. I found three.

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2019 AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey

Salaries and compensation across academic ranks are displayed in this latest iteration that 950 institutions voluntarily participated in. Again, income disparity between the sexes is all too apparent. You can filter by state (here is New Jersey) and category. Compare trends (but not specific institutional information) as presented in the overview of the CUPAHR 2019 Faculty in Higher Education Annual Report.

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State Financing for Higher Education, 2018 Report

While a few states have rebounded from the recession in their support of higher education, a vast majority have certainly not supported their state institutions. The State Higher Education Finance report for 2018 reveals the abysmal level of support for “state” institutions that in certain instances should negate the appellation of “state” due to the miserly amount of funding sent to these schools. New Jersey’s record of support has seen a steady erosion over the years and has dropped 27% since the recession, placing it among the least supportive governments. The report is replete with tables, charts, and figures along with additional supporting resources.

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New Jersey’s Plan for Higher Education

For years New Jersey has been without a comprehensive plan for higher education; now Where Opportunity Meets Innovation: A Student-Centered Vision for New Jersey Higher Education has just been released outlining the steps to be undertaken to make higher education in New Jersey a more viable and supportive environment for all students. As the executive summary makes clear: “The key to making these changes starts with a renewed commitment to students. This commitment is embodied in the vision for New Jersey’s Student Bill of Rights, which holds every New Jerseyan, regardless of life circumstances, should have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality credential that prepares them for life after college.” Steps and processes to achieve this goal are enumerated and expanded upon.

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How Did Your School/District Do in the 2017/18 New Jersey Report Cards?

A plethora of information are contained in the various reports that were issued this month: from languages spoken at home to metrics involving career and college readiness. Reports are available in English and Spanish; summaries are also given as some of these documents are 60 pages long.

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Major Report on Financial Waste in New Jersey Charter Schools

This report, based on countless documents culled during a year-long investigation, reveals an appalling system of financial waste with no accountability in the running of charter schools in New Jersey. Case studies are presented along with excerpts of texts, timelines, and interviews. A brief overview listing seven takeaways from this report is also available. For those involved in the charter school sector, this read is a must.

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The State of Online Learning, 2019

Based on the responses of 280 chief online officers from a wide variety of higher education institutions, CHLOE3: Behind the Numbers presents the current landscape of this growing sector. A revealing observation explains that:

“In every sector and enrollment range, the majority of respondents confirmed earlier CHLOE findings on the predominance of fully online courses in current inventories and projected development. With few exceptions, the same pattern was evident in the emphasis on fully online programs versus blended programs, although a majority of online students, both graduate and undergraduate mix online and on-ground courses in practice. Public two-year institutions are more focused on building courses than online or blended programs. The survey uncovered widespread interest in establishing or experimenting with alternative credentials, but relatively few institutions are investing substantially in this area.” (5)

Supplemented with dozens of figures and tables, this report provides potent data for those advocating for more of an online presence.

 

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