Archive for October, 2009

2-year vs. 4-year College Choice

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Dear Friend,

Recently much talk has focused on the choice high school seniors and their families make between 2-year colleges and 4-year colleges. While community colleges play an important role in society, it is known that students whose objective is to earn a B.A. are much less likely to do so if they start at a two-year college. A recent Time Magazine article states: “Only 31% of community-college students who set out to get a degree complete it within six years, whereas 58% of students at four-year schools graduate within that time frame.”

Other statistics back up the 4-year college route as the better choice for those students who graduate from high school with clear intentions of earning a bachelor’s degree. “39% of students at community colleges who intended to pursue bachelor’s degrees left school without completing a degree or certificate program. [Whereas,] 17% of students at four year public colleges left school without completing a degree” (Breakthrough White Paper: Four Year Colleges vs. Community Colleges).

Finally, a groundbreaking work Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities examines, among other things, graduation rates and the time it takes to earn a degree at 2-year colleges vs. 4-year colleges.

CQE agrees that a 4-year route may not be the right choice for every student. But in making the choice between a 2-year college and a 4-year college, CQE maintains that students and parents should be aware of the issues and facts that surround the choice when a bachelor’s degree is the goal.

Please click on the category “Supporting Literature” on the right sidebar to see the articles referenced here and other articles that support our advocacy efforts.

Thank you.


Jim Jaques, CQE President

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MHS Principal Search Survey

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

As you are most probably aware, the Metuchen School District has begun the process of hiring a new principal for the High School. Please help the district in its search by filling out the MHS Principal Search Survey, which can be accessed at by clicking on “MHS Principal Search” on the left sidebar or by clicking in the appropriate box on the right. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. The deadline for the survey is Thursday, October 15. Thank you.

The Edgar School Writers’ Room: A Call for Coaches

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

CQE has long supported the Writers’ Room at Edgar School. Below is a message from Marcia Holtzman, the Director of the program, written with the hope that you may want to become a writing coach or know someone who may be interested in working with the students of Edgar School. CQE applauds Marcia Holtzman and her volunteers for their dedication to the children of Metuchen.-Jim Jaques, CQE President

To: Families and Friends of Metuchen Students

From: Marcia Holtzman, Director of the Writers’ Room

You are invited to become a member of the Writers’ Room staff!

Join us for one or two hours a week as a writing coach in

Edgar School classrooms.

Learn More About Us:

In 2002, the district embarked on a promising, new writing instruction project in our middle school.  The program, known as The Writers’ Room, involves parents and other community members as the key components. As volunteer coaches, they provide assistance to students with their classroom writing assignments on a regular basis. Modeled on a program which was developed in Montclair, our Writers’ Room has been adapted to meet the particular needs of Edgar School.

Typically, our program includes a cadre of 10 to 15 active coaches, participating in about 10 classrooms. Our goals for the future are for most of the students in grades 5 through 8 to participate in Writers’ Room on a weekly basis.

The Edgar School Writers’ Room has been very well received by students and parents. In May 2002, the Metuchen Board of Education honored us with formal recognition as a new and innovative program. Instructional objectives for the program coincide with those of our model, and are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. We need additional coaches for the coming school year. You don’t have to be an experienced teacher, a professional writer, or a current Middle School parent. An interest in children and the writing process are the only requirements. The average commitment for each volunteer is to come in one day a week for one or more language arts classes. We will be scheduling training sessions for volunteers within the next few weeks. If you would like to join us and can make the commitment, or would just like more information, please contact me by email or through the Edgar School office.

Hoping to hear from you,

Marcia Holtzman