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Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer



Barbara Berreski, Esq.

Government & Legal Affairs


Patricia A. Berry

Budget & Administration


Pamela J. Hersh

Communications & Marketing


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Charlene R. Pipher

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Terry Toth

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New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities

150 West State Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08608

609-989-1100 office

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New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities - the leading voice for public higher education in New Jersey.

Acting as an advocate in the state capital and throughout the state, the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) supports the missions and well-being of senior public institutions of higher education.  In cooperation with trustees, students, faculty and campus administrators, NJASCU plays an active role in developing and proposing state higher education policy to better serve New Jersey's citizens.  Its members are the eight senior public institutions of higher education:  The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Stockton University, Thomas Edison State University, and William Paterson University.

Rowan University, which recently assumed the status of a research institution, now is an affiliate member.

Specifically, NJASCU does the following:

  • Analyzes and monitors public policy issues and legislation affecting its member institutions.  Issues include: college access and affordability; higher education finance trends and comparisons; trustee governance, student welfare, ethical standards; unprecedented enrollment demand and the need to increase capacity; addressing the needs of evolving student populations;
  • Collaborates with public institutions on communicating and promoting the distinctive excellence and advantages of New Jersey's senior public institutions of higher education; and
  • Creates educational and public service opportunities for those interested in the success and sustainability of New Jersey's public institutions of higher education.

The Association played a key role in achieving landmark legislation in 1986 and 1994, which transferred important fiscal and administrative authority to the campuses from state government, emphasizing trustee governance and direct public accountability.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey are among the nation's most autonomous public institutions.

The link below will transport you to the world of the NJASCU 2017 Symposium on Higher Education - The Lifelong Value of a Bachelor's Degree - a morning packed with thoughtful dialog and presentations on higher education issues.  Thanks to all of you who attended.

Summary of Symposium

Photos from Symposium

Make College More Affordable:  Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ State Colleges & Universities

Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD

Executive Director/CEO

NJ Association of State Colleges and Universities

August 11, 2017

The ideal college, according to President James Garfield, was having Mark Hopkins, the President of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, "on one end of a log and a student on the other."  Times have changed a bit since Garfield graduated from Williams in 1856.  To be sure, professors and their classrooms are important, but so too are libraries, laboratories, computers, and high-speed connections to the internet.  All colleges need these types of facilities and equipment, and they try to get the best price from the most responsible vendor or contractor.  But in New Jersey, the rules that public four-year colleges and universities follow to purchase goods and services, or construct a building, depend on how the institution is categorized under the law.  This differentiation no longer makes sense.  It is time to abolish the State College Contracts Law - which applies to seven institutions - and replace it with the same rules followed by public research universities.

New Jersey divides public four-year institutions of higher education into two categories:  
(1) state colleges and universities, which include The College of New Jersey, Kean University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College, Stockton University, Thomas Edison State University, and William Paterson University; and (2) public research universities, which includes Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, and Montclair State University.  Read full story here.

Statement in Response to Trump Administration's Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

September 5, 2017

The member institutions of NJASCU resolutely ask Congress and President Trump to enact a policy as soon as possible that protects the young men and women who have qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Over 25,650 of these bright and talented young people are from New Jersey.  They are making significant contributions to our communities, our economy, and our nation by studying in college, working, and serving in the Armed Forces.

We are deeply disappointed that the Trump administration rescinded DACA, which will fully expire on March 5, 2018.  We assure the students at our institutions that we will work closely with New Jersey's congressional delegation and federal officials to find a way to ensure that these extraordinary young people can stay in the only country they know as home.


Profiles of NJASCU alumni whose work is making a difference in the lives of others.  The website will feature a new profile each month.  Please submit suggestions for profiles to Pam Hersh or call (609) 256-8256.

Scott Schober, Kean University, Class of 1992

November 2017

Kean University graduate Scott Schober started giving back to Kean – or more accurately giving simultaneously to Kean – as soon as he matriculated.  Graduating in 1992 with a B.S. in computer science, Scott said he began sharing his computer technology skills with Kean University from the time he entered the freshman class, while Kean was giving him the writing and organizational skills to become a corporate CEO, writer and public speaker.


Scott N. Schober is the president and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems (BVS), a 45-year-old New Jersey-based, privately held company and leading provider of advanced, world-class wireless test and security solutions.  His father Gary and mother Eileen started the firm, when Scott was four years old.  A self-described computer geek, Scott knew when he started at Kean that BVS would be his future professionally.  As a matter of fact, Scott, a native of Edison, wanted to go to Kean “because it was a high-quality institution that happened to be near where I would be working while attending college,” he said.  Read more here.


See our previous alumni profiles here.

Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU

Stockton’s Hughes Center Honors NJ Leaders Renowned for Civility; Joe Biden Gives Keynote
November 13, 2017

A Stockton University Hughes Center program on Thursday, November 9, 2017 highlighted the extraordinary civility and integrity of the program’s honorees and the need to restore these qualities in government today. Former Vice President Joe Biden set the inspirational tone for the evening when he presented the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award to U.S. Ambassador William J. Hughes, also a former U.S. congressman.

“When Bill (Hughes) sat down with you, he listened …. He reached agreement and moved the process along. It is only through consensus that the United States can continue to function,” said Vice President Biden.

Vice President Biden and Ambassador Hughes worked together in Congress when Mr. Hughes was in the House of Representatives and Mr. Biden was in the Senate. They became friends riding the Amtrak train to Washington, DC together, talking about not just policy, but family.

“Those hours were precious because we got to know each other,” Vice President Biden said. “Back in our day people (in Congress) knew each other and respected each other.” He referred to this connection as the “invisible moral fabric.” 

NJCU Stepped Up to Support Residents of Hurricane Devastated Areas: Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Houston
November 13, 2017

New Jersey City University (NJCU) offered tuition-free study the Fall 2017 semester to college students in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands whose studies have been disrupted by the island-wide devastation caused recently by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma.

Visiting students will have the opportunity to continue studies at NJCU in the Spring 2018 semester on a plan which will reduce the usual out-of-state tuition cost to in-state tuition fully covered by a scholarship. NJCU will also provide students with a housing scholarship of $2,000 per semester.

“The NJCU community is supplementing its efforts to provide material resources to those in need by extending to students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands the opportunity to move forward with their higher education and prepare for careers that will help to rebuild their lives and their homelands after the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma,” said NJCU President Sue Henderson.

“We welcome students to NJCU from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who are in need because of the unimaginable devastation caused by hurricanes. NJCU is offering those visiting students the opportunity to learn and achieve. This initiative is keeping with our University’s mission,” she said.  Read more here.

William Paterson University Signs Agreement with American College of Dubai to Pursue Cooperative Academic Goals  

William Paterson University (WPU) and the American College of Dubai signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions and share interests in similar academic, scientific and professional goals. “This agreement will benefit both institutions,” says Warren Sandmann, WPU provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Students from the American College of Dubai will have access to programs here at William Paterson, and their presence will enhance the education of our current students.” Through this agreement, the two institutions will work to develop dual degree programs, allowing students from the American College of Dubai to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from William Paterson. Initial programs will focus on computer science and business. Kathleen Waldron, president, William Paterson University, and Sayed Elsayed, president/CEO of American College of Dubai, signed the memorandum of understanding on November 1, 2017. Read more here. 

NJASCU is part of the Innovation NJ Coalition

Innovation NJ is a coalition of busineess and academia established to promote policies that foster an environment for innovation in the state that will: 

  • encourage increased private and public sector R&D and the commercialization of new medicines, technologies and products to improve our quality of life;
  • stimulate economic growth in New Jersey;
  • retain and advance high-paying jobs in the state;
  • retain and advance high-paying innovation-related jobs in the state; and
  • increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related graduates from New Jersey colleges and universities.

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