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Corzine: Economic stimulus effort will benefit state colleges

corzine072709_optCalling it a solid investment in New Jersey's state universities and colleges, Gov. Jon Corzine Thursday visited the campus of Montclair University to highlight how what proponents call the state's new economic stimulus legislation will benefit college students and spur the economy.

Through the new legislation signed Monday, Corzine said colleges and universities can enter into public-private partnerships, allowing private developers to construct much-needed facilities including student housing, student centers, performing arts centers, even research facilities.

"This is a new era in higher education in New Jersey – an era where the private sector is a full partner in our efforts to expand educational opportunities, open the bounds of human knowledge, and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit," Corzine said. "Most importantly, everybody wins: New Jersey's college students, New Jersey businesses, and New Jersey workers."

Corzine said the new stimulus package provides New Jersey with the tools to further reinvigorate the economy by providing grants for new development and gives state colleges and universities a new means to finance critical infrastructure projects.

Critics describe the legislation as a giveaway to developers that will lose much-needed tax revenue for the state.

Corzine said Montclair State is an example of the urgent need and a demand for thousands more campus residential opportunities for New Jersey students. With its consistently growing enrollment, Montclair can only house 3,200 of the 18,000 students enrolled for the fall 2009 term. Under the stimulus package, there is potential for development opportunities to address these needs.

"We want more of our bright, creative, energetic young people to stay in New Jersey for their college education, to attend one of New Jersey's great colleges or universities, and to contribute their skills and talents to the state's workforce," said Montclair President Susan A. Cole, President. "Our students deserve the kind of modern facilities that make a first-rate education possible. The Stimulus Act is a hugely important step toward making that possible."

Corzine's visit to Montclair comes as his gubernatorial election rival, Republican Chris Christie campaigns about his higher education improvement plan, which includes a proposal to halt New Jersey's student brain drain.


Comments (3)
3 Saturday, 01 August 2009 22:41
MSU Student
I am a student at MSU and have never found any problems in my professors. Of course any normal college student complains about too much work or having to do this and that, but that's typical. Every professor I have had has been well educated about the subject and knew what they were talking about. Most even had full time jobs in the field outside of MSU. I feel the problem at MSU is the lack and quality of housing and has nothing to do with the wonderful professors they have working there.
2 Thursday, 30 July 2009 20:48
From the inside...
First, I would like to address the use of the word "spoiled." Housing is not free, therefore students have the right to be comfortable and enjoy an environment which is conducive to learning. They shouldn't have to deal with substandard conditions. Sharing a room with two other people, in an industrialized nation where the money is plenteous, is ridiculous. Especially when the rooms are not free. The cost of a triple at Montclair is $5000 to live ON CAMPUS. That's pretty steep for sharing a room with two others. Hardly spoiled. Also, just because other campuses have worse housing conditions doesn't make it better. It's simply a testimony of the greed of its administrators. Shouldn't we provide the best housing and educational opportunities for the students, instead of grabbing the money from their hands without a clue as to house to accommodate them?

Many students, because of lack of room, have to sleep in a hotel 4 miles down the road on Route 3. How much is that? Only $8348 a year. Pocket change, right? Where do they eat? On campus. Oh, that's another charge altogether. It doesn't make sense that after having spent a morning waiting to get ready, one has to now worry about catching that shuttle to get to campus, deal with heavy traffic on Route 3, just to have a meal. Students who live off campus don't get discounted meals, and they pay the same price for housing as those in a double on campus.

As far as the quality of education one can obtain, well that's a two-way street. I work and went to school there, and like any major academic institution, there are professors who care and professors who don't. It behooves you, as a student, to want and to seek more. In life, there will always be those who won't teach you more. You have to be hungry enough to pursue that knowledge.
1 Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:48
Montclair Student
The students were complaining about having to dorm in rooms with three people in them. These people are spoiled for complaining about that. Every school has that. There are many places that are quiet to go and study so it should not effect their learning. Schools like Penn State have dorm rooms with six students in them.
The real problem is the quality of education at this school. Compared to other schools in the state the professors are of a lower quality. I have had this comment from many students. Instead of building more and more buildings, they should higher the standards that they have to allow students to attend. They also should hire professors that know what they are talking about. We don't need more dorms or more parking we need a smarter student population. I also never have trouble parking because I am not afraid to walk 10 min to class. The problem is low standards and laziness not the facilities.

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