September 4, 2016 |
After a second stint as New Jersey education commissioner, David C. Hespe is stepping down. Hespe announced Friday that he would resign effective at the end of September. He was named by Gov. Christie in February 2014. His timing coincides with the beginning of a new school year for more than one million New Jersey public school students. "We are entering another school year, which represents a time of transition for thousands of students. Just as they will be embarking on a new stage of life, I have decided that the time is right for me to do the same," Hespe said in a statement.
July 25, 2016 |
Richard J. Ambacher Jr. met his future wife, Elaine Bonelli, in an algebra class at Wildwood High School in the early 1950s. "He was so good at math," she said, and so she accepted his offer to tutor her at her home. It was on an early visit, she said, that she realized that "he was living alone" in Wildwood. "He had left his family in Philadelphia; they were breaking up. " She never found out where he was living, just that in his Wildwood life, "he had an awful time. " When her father, who owned a supermarket in Wildwood, learned of Mr. Ambacher's problem, "my father said, 'Come eat at our house.' And he did. " Often.
July 19, 2016 |
At past college freshman summer orientations, Rowan College at Burlington County administrators noticed that a surprising group of people kept showing up: parents. They were able to learn the ins and outs of the school, but it was supposed to be student orientation. "That was good in terms of the student having the support network right there with them," said Cathy Briggs, the Burlington County community college's dean of student success. "What it cut into was the students' ability to … make connections with other students, because they were sitting with their parents.
June 23, 2016 |
Marvin G. Sills was director of admissions from 1991 to 2006 at a time of profound change for what is now Rowan University. In 1992, Glassboro State College became Rowan College of New Jersey following a $100 million pledge from Henry and Betty Rowan, and in 1997 it became Rowan University. "Marvin was responsible for developing a very aggressive and successful program at Rowan," said Phil Tumminia, former executive vice president for advancement at Rowan, to whom Mr. Sills reported.
June 14, 2016 |
After receiving straight A's her first semester at Rutgers University, Katie E. Keane left for community college. A month before Keane graduated high school in 2012, her father attempted suicide. Keane thought she could handle starting college on top of the personal stress — and on paper, academically, she had. But she ended the semester mentally exhausted, physically sick, and emotionally fragmented. "So when it came to January, when it was time to start again, I just said ‘I can't do this right now,' " Keane said.
June 10, 2016 |
To Devin Smeltzer, the 140th pitch felt like the first. "I had no idea my pitch count was that high," Smeltzer said. "I felt great. " Smeltzer, a sophomore left-handed pitcher at San Jacinto (Texas) Community College, threw 140 pitches in an 8-1 win over Chattahoochee (Ala.) Valley in the junior college national semifinals June 3. He struck out 20. He said he felt "great" the next day. The overpowering performance highlighted Smeltzer's development in the two years since his graduation from Bishop Eustace and explained why he's such an intriguing professional prospect on the verge of the major-league baseball draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday.
May 24, 2016 |
As financial pressures mount on community colleges, some schools have begun to openly compete: crossing county lines and marketing to a wider pool of students. In South Jersey, Camden County College has frozen its tuition and mandatory fees for a second year in part because nearby schools remain less expensive. Community colleges in Burlington and Gloucester Counties are aggressively marketing their partnerships with Rowan University to students throughout the region. Driving increased competition are several long-term factors: fewer high school graduates, flat or falling enrollment, and reduction in state funding.
May 18, 2016
A story Sunday on long-term-care insurance wrongly named Cynthia Christopher's husband. He is Fred Slifer. A story Sunday on financial robo-advisers gave an out-of-date figure for Betterment.com's assets under management. Betterment robo-advises $4.4 billion. A story Monday on Rowan College at Burlington County valedictorian Kevin P. Wright wrongly described when he gave his commencement speech. He spoke last week.
May 17, 2016 |
Three degrees in three years. Two commencements within a month — interrupted by starting an Ivy League master's degree. It took Kevin P. Wright, 44, a while to figure out how to pursue higher education, but when he got started, he really went after it. Wright, who received his GED in 2013, is this year's valedictorian at Rowan College at Burlington County. After delivering his commencement speech there Saturday, he will receive his bachelor's diploma from Thomas Jefferson University in June.
April 12, 2016 |
It's a $1.5 billion annual problem: One in four college freshmen needs at least one remedial course in English, reading, or math. These "developmental" courses delay students from taking college-level work, often frustrating them as they burn through savings and financial aid for classes that don't count toward their degrees. "I had students coming in asking me, 'Do you know of any scholarships, because I ran out of financial aid?' and when I looked at their transcripts, they had four or five developmental classes," said Linda A. Hurlburt, vice president for academic services at Rowan College at Gloucester County.