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U.S. News Releases 2013 Best High Schools for STEM Rankings

These 250 high schools are the best of the best in math, science, engineering and technology education. It’s not every day that a politician, a beauty queen and a hip hop star champion the same cause, but don’t tell that to President Barack Obama, reigning Miss America Mallory Hagan and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am. All three are using their fame to promote STEM education, and it’s not hard to understand why. Training in science, technology, engineering and math can place students in the pipeline for in-demand career fields such as software development, biomedicine and aerospace engineering.

U.S. Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Colleges’ Talk of Student-Aid Reform

The U.S. Department of Justice has begun an investigation into “a possible agreement” among colleges to reform their financial-aid policies, according to a letter sent last month to at least two college presidents. The investigation, several sources said, was prompted by recent discussions among a handful of college officials about how—or whether—they could collaborate to limit their use of merit-based financial aid and reduce bidding wars for applicants. In the May 21 letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Chronicle, a lawyer in the department wrote that an agreement “to restrict tuition discounting and prevent …

New Test to Measure Faculty Collegiality Produces Some Dissension Itself

Can a written test determine whether a faculty member is a bully or a jerk or an all-around pain in the neck? Two higher-education consultants believe they have an instrument that does just that. They call it the Collegiality Assessment Matrix, and they are promoting it to colleges as a tool for both professional development and faculty evaluations. The two consultants, Jeffrey L. Buller, dean of the honors college at Florida Atlantic University, and Robert E. Cipriano, a professor emeritus of recreation and leisure studies at Southern Connecticut State University, say the test offers something colleges have long needed…

IAC All-Time Leading Goal Scorer Commits to TC3 Men’s Soccer

The all-time leading goal scorer in Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) boys’ soccer history has signed a letter of intent to play at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Morgan Shutter, a two-time IAC MVP at Odessa-Montour High School, will join the TC3 Panthers for the fall 2013 men’s soccer season. Shutter holds the IAC record for goals in a season (33) and a career (93). He also tallied 31 assists during his time on the field for the O-M Indians. “I’m excited to sign and become a Panther,” said Shutter, who signed his National Letter of Intent on June 7.

Portrait of the artist

Demetrius Patterson is a fine artist. He’s also an exceptional observer of people. The combination results in his unique style of acrylic paintings that make all kinds of people smile. A lifelong Jersey Shore resident, Patterson is a graduate of Monmouth Regional High School and Brookdale Community College. He often can be seen during summer weekends with his originals, prints, magnets and cards for sale at art fairs and festivals around the state, including Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Ocean Grove. On Saturday, June 15, he will participate in the 31st annual Giant Craft Show on the Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove.

How Colleges Measure the Return on Diversity

One would think the booming diversity industry in academe might lead to a surge in demand for consultants, to help colleges design strategies and deliver programming. But campus officials say diversity consulting in higher education remains a niche business provided by a slew of small operators. There is no equivalent of McKinsey & Company, the management-consulting firm, in what many in academe have come to call “the diversity industry.” When Cornell University began to craft a comprehensive diversity plan several years ago, it brought in Estela Mara Bensimon, a professor of higher education at the University of Southern…

Brookdale places four on softball All-American teams

The Brookdale Community College softball team is reaping the rewards of a record-setting season, with four of its players earning All- American honors from both the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the National Fastpitch Coaching Association (NFCA). Freshman pitcher Samantha Hosey (Keansburg), outfielder Courtney Paone (Middletown North) and shortstop Bobbie Boehler (Raritan) were named as First Team honorees from both organizations, while sophomore catcher Kathleen Sharp (Toms River) earned a spot on the NFCA First Team and Second Team for the NJCAA.

NJ man had a heart attack behind the wheel – and got 3 tickets from Spring Lake Heights police

Having a heart attack while driving apparently wasn’t enough to get Dan Langley out of a traffic ticket in Spring Lake Height Municipal Court. Langley, who doctors said suffered a heart attack moments before he got into an accident, even brought a doctor’s note with him to court: “Please forgive Mr. Langley’s tickets due to his unfortunate experience of having a heart attack seconds prior to his car accident,” said the note from Dr. Harold Cotler. The result? Two tickets were dismissed, but a third was only downgraded, and he still faced a $133 fine. “What’s the charge? Criminal cardiac arrest?” his father, Chris Langley asked.

Federal Spending That Works

Most community colleges could easily put federal grant money to good use plugging up budget holes after years of slashing by states. But the U.S. Department of Labor’s $2 billion in workforce development funding for the sector was designed to encourage two-year colleges to make lasting, ambitious changes instead of just back-filling budgets. And that approach seems to be working.
The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, for example, have shared $20 million from the Labor Department to create new or redesigned credentials, which are aimed at unemployed or underemployed adults.

CYBER INSECURITY: Stakes immense in protection of digital data

For credit card users in New Jersey and many other parts of the world, Duy Hai Truong was an invisible enemy, authorities say. Over six years, from a site in Vietnam, Truong racked up more than $200 million in fraudulent charges on credit cards, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in a federal court in Newark.

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