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Letter: Ballot Question No. 1 Good for New Jersey

President of Caldwell College urges a Yes vote

Letter to the Editor as submitted by Nancy H. Blattner, President of Caldwell College:

When New Jersey residents head to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 6, they will have a unique opportunity to make a difference in higher education in New Jersey.

Ballot question #1, the Building Our Future Bond Act, will provide capital investment to academic and research facilities at colleges and universities. Forty-nine colleges and universities, including Caldwell College, will have the opportunity to receive monies for capital improvements. This grant money cannot be used for administrative, residence or athletic facilities. 

This bond act is long overdue. New Jersey is on a list of one of only five states in the nation that has spent no money on capital improvements for higher education in the last five years, a list that includes Alabama and Montana.    Compare that with our New York and Connecticut neighbors where hundreds of millions in higher education facilities are being invested annually, and it is clear that in order to stay competitive, we need to invest in capital improvements in higher education in New Jersey. It is important to note that this cost can be absorbed in the state budget without any tax increases.

The Bond act requires that colleges pay 25 percent of the capital funding for the projects they take on, so in that they will have “skin in the game.” Colleges and universities will be contributing to creating jobs as they efficiently use the funds.   

This bond issue provides a rare opportunity as higher education institutions in New Jersey have not had the chance to receive this type of capital investment in more than two decades. Technology and research have changed drastically in that time! 

At Caldwell, we envision using the investment to renovate our science building into state-of-the-art nursing labs, paving the way for a master’s degree in nursing. Projections demonstrate that the United States will be facing a serious shortage of nurses as baby boomers age and are diagnosed with chronic diseases. Nurses will need to be educated and skilled to work in the community with varied populations. Caldwell College’s new bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program is responding to that need. 

This Bond Act, which has received bi-partisan support, will strengthen the economy in New Jersey. You can find out more about the bond act at our Caldwell College VOTE YES ON #1 Student Rally on Tuesday Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Gym. We hope you can join us.

And please vote yes on ballot question #1 on Nov. 6. It is the right thing to do for New Jersey’s economy and for business, labor and the college students who will become tomorrow’s leaders in the Garden State.  

Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D. is president of Caldwell College.

Opinionated October 24, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Will this help Georgian Court or will "the community" be allowed to try to stop it on every turn from upgrading? Maybe they'll dump trash there and try to claim that property too!
wee weed up October 24, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Where is the money to pay for more debt coming from? Is debt a stable source of funding? Hint - higher property taxes.
Nj Ghost October 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Always vote "No" when it comes to spending.....My 3 kids went to college, I'm done.
Project Bluebeam October 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
There's quite a few new buildings on the OCC campus. This is BS.
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 25, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Is borrowing money which means higher taxes a good thing when we have 10% unemployment? I don't get how going deeped in debt is a good thing. It is time to live within our means
Chief Wahoo October 25, 2012 at 03:32 PM
bond = debt = slavery VOTE NO TO THE LIBERAL LEECHES !!!!!!!!!!!!
John57 October 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
N.j. ranks third in highest college tuition.The schools love to blame it on decreased funding. The real reason? Look at the new president of Rutgers. Barchi, he gets $750,000, that's 200 grand more than the last president, McCormack, who by the way, is taking a paid year off and will come back as Rutgers highest paid "professor" at $350,000. Of course that's part time work. How many teachers and that's what they are,could be hired for that amount? Also the overpriced books that have to be bought new every year because they changed a paragraph and that mandatory student fee $1,000 so they can pay Snooky 40 grand to speak. Come on Obama release your transcripts and send that 5 million to N.J.!
holden2112 October 26, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Of course, the reason our centers of higher learning are doing a crappy job is because they don't have new shiny buildings and athletic facilities. it's a wonder how anyone every got a decent education back in the old days when students sat in run down over crowded classrooms. If more money is the key to better education that why does China out rank the US? You think kids in China are learning on smart boards or ipads in brand new classrooms? People like Nancy are just interested in building up their little kingdoms.
jerseytomato October 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Great question. Take for example, Ocean County College, aka: Kean University. Did you know they have six Vice Presidents? Excuse me, but none of the eight oldest colleges in the US have SIX VICE PRESIDENTS. A waste of taxpayer funds. In addition, OCC/Kean U spent more than $150,000.00 on the two panel LED sign that sits out on Hooper Avenue. The one that features time and temperature. A waste of taxpayer dollars. Colleges want to give tuition discounts to illegals. In some cases, they want to educate them for free. Problem is, the education isn't free. You and I will surely pay for it. We foot the bill while the College acts like they 'gave' someone something. Incidentally, don't vote in favor of the 'Bond Act.' You will be signing on the dotted line for higher property taxes. Meanwhile elitest educators will further inflate their importance, along with salaries, perks, etc. Enough of their entitlement nonsense. Vote NO!
jerseytomato October 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Yeah. Six Vice Presidents at OCC is some major BS.

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