Around the industry: The College of New Jersey boosts graduation rates for disadvantaged students

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  • California: Some students and faculty at Scripps College are objecting to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright serving as their commencement speaker. Critics say they disapprove of Albright's foreign policy record and condemnation of women who don't support Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Other students, including the senior class president, Jennie Xu, recruited Albright themselves. Xu says she invited Albright because she also graduated from an all-women's college and was the first female Secretary of State (Xia, Los Angeles Times, 5/9). 
  • Illinois: The non-tenure-track faculty union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ratified its contract last week following two strikes since April over stalled negotiations. The contract includes a 2.5% retroactive pay raise and a raise in the minimum full-time salary by 2018 (Inside Higher Ed, 5/9).
  • New Jersey: The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is graduating 74 students in its Educational Opportunity Fund program this year, giving the program a four-year graduation rate almost equivalent to the school's overall rate. TCNJ's program is one of 41 funded by the state to provide additional support to educationally and economically disadvantaged students (Lai, Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/9). 

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