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New Jersey lawmakers look at college changes

Local News | May 15, 2014

New Jersey lawmakers look at college changes

EWING, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers who want to make the state’s colleges more accountable and affordable are hearing about some complications with their plans.

The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee heard Wednesday from college presidents, students and advocates about a package of bills under consideration. The testimony came during a hearing on the campus of The College of New Jersey.

Mercer County College President Patricia Donohue focused on a requirement that community colleges develop plans to get one-third of students to graduate within three years. She says that could make it difficult for community colleges to continue accepting all students.

Assemblyman Joseph Cryan says colleges should take responsibility for making sure students graduate. He says the problem with the target is not that it is too high but that it’s too low.