Higher Education


WBGO News continues with its series of interviews with area university and college representatives to find out their plans for the Fall Semester during the coronavirus pandemic.

This week WBGO News Intern Tyra Brooks checks in with Montclair State University's V.P. of Student Life Dr. Karen Pennington.

Click above to hear the entire conversation.

Dr. Anthony Munroe
Al Bundy for WBGO News

A change is coming to the leadership of Essex County College.

ECC President Dr. Anthony Munroe will be leaving to lead Manhattan Community College starting October 1.

Essex County College Executive Director Al Bundy says Dr. Munroe got the college through some accreditation problems.

“Those two areas where it was on probation he led the way, spearheaded the effort, along with the board of trustees and the college staff, to get the college off of probation,” said Bundy.

Once the pandemic hit, Munroe started the Tuition Free Program for Essential Workers.

Dr. Marcheta Evans
Doug Doyle for WBGO

When Dr. Marcheta (pronounced Mar-KEET-ah) Evans became the new President of Bloomfield College in June, students say they immediately noticed an energy and commitment to them.  Dr. Evans is the first woman and first African American president of Bloomfield College in the school's 150-year history.

Dr. Evans, who served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, becomes Bloomfield's 17th President.  Her inauguration is set for December 6.

Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office

New Jersey took steps Thursday to make it easier for college students to repay their loans, in what Gov. Phil Murphy said was part of his effort to strengthen the state’s investment in education.

At a press conference, Murphy said he hopes the two laws he signed Thursday would send a message to prospective college students that they can get an affordable education in the Garden State.

“The last thing we want is a system so rigid and insensitive that it leaves borrowers — through no fault of their own, by the way — no way out and no way forward,” he said.

Commentary: Teacher Training Needs To Improve

Jul 5, 2018
Mildred Antenor
David Tallacksen for WBGO

WBGO commentator Mildred Antenor thinks the guidelines for hiring teachers needs a detailed review.

Antenor is an author and a professor at Seton Hall University.

Click above to hear her thoughts.

Advocates are urging New Jersey’s next governor to increase the state’s investments and support for higher education.

New Jersey Policy Perspective president Gordon MacInnes says a pattern of disinvestment in the state’s public colleges and universities over the last quarter century has resulted in high costs and rising debt for students.

He says the Secretary of Education lacks the resources to analyze the performance of colleges and maximize opportunities.

Recession Caused States To Cut Funding For Colleges

Aug 23, 2017

A study by a national research group finds that states have cut funds for higher education by nearly $9 billion since the 2008 recession.

Mike Mitchell is an analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He says lower state funding for colleges has meant tuition increases, forcing students to incur more debt to pay for college.