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Just Like Starting Over: The Need for Mid-Term Transitions

Just Like Starting Over: The Need for Mid-Term Transitions

​If you ask college and university presidents about transitions, they’ll most likely cite two: arrival and departure. But as I recently signed my latest five-year contract to lead The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), a highly selective, state-run institution of 6,500 students outside the state capital of Trenton, I realized that my tenure has so far been marked by at least two additional transitions.

Huffington Post: Education as Job Training Earns an Incomplete

Huffington Post: Education as Job Training Earns an Incomplete

During the last two weeks, the Republican and Democratic parties have held political conventions and released their platforms for the upcoming election. Each includes at least a bit of language on higher education policy, and, as the president of a 4-year public college, I am disheartened by some of their policy positions.

Huffington Post: A Step Toward Transparency, or Redundancy?

Huffington Post: A Step Toward Transparency, or Redundancy?

Recently, Vice President Joe Biden led a roundtable discussion with a group of college and university presidents from some of our nation’s largest institutions of higher education. The outcome of that meeting was an agreement by the leaders of 10 institutions or higher education systems to include a standardized “shopping sheet” in the financial aid packets sent to incoming students, beginning in the fall of 2013.

Huffington Post: Congress Should Act to Avert Student Loan Crisis

Huffington Post: Congress Should Act to Avert Student Loan Crisis

Absent Congressional action, the financial burden of attending college will escalate significantly on July 1. That is because the interest rate on Stafford loans — federal fixed-rate loans for undergraduate and graduate students attending college at least half-time — is set to climb from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

NJ Star Ledger: Congress must act soon to avert federal student loan rate increase

NJ Star Ledger: Congress must act soon to avert federal student loan rate increase

Absent Congressional action, the financial burden of attending college will escalate significantly on July 1. That is because the interest rate on Stafford loans — federal fixed-rate loans for undergraduate and graduate students attending college at least half-time — is set to climb from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

New York Times: It’s Not About the Tax Breaks

New York Times: It’s Not About the Tax Breaks

There is no question that public higher education is in crisis in the United States, but the causes of that crisis are neither the tax breaks for the private institutions, nor the rising sticker price at public institutions of higher education.