Around the industry: State faculty union set to strike

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  • New Jersey: Rutgers University has launched an initiative to expand access to affordable textbooks. Through its Open and Affordable Textbook Project, Rutgers University Libraries will offer incentives to faculty or department groups that use free, low-cost, or open alternatives to traditional textbooks (Botelho, University Business, 10/2). 
  • Pennsylvania: The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced last week that a strike will take place Oct. 19 if the union decides that a fair contract has not been reached. After the union announced its plans, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) issued a statement outlining its stance. Among other things, PASSHE said it would offer $159 million in pay raises (Farence, Main Line Media News, 10/2). 
  • Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout) will not be crowning a homecoming king and queen at its annual homecoming on Saturday for the first time in about 80 years. Instead, a group of students on Friday will be named for the gender-neutral Stout Ambassadors Spirit Award. Ambassadors will represent the student body at various events and take part in a special breakfast with the chancellor (Walsh, Star Tribune, 10/2). 

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