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Barbara Berreski, JD, MS

Chief Executive Officer

Director, Government & Legal Affairs



Patricia S. Berry

Chief Operating Officer


Pamela J. Hersh

Communications & Public Affairs


Support Staff

Charlene R. Pipher

Executive Assistant/Web Design


Terry Toth

Part-Time Secretarial Assistant


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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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Who We Are

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.

Supreme Court Upheld Presidential Travel Ban
June 26, 2018

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld Presidential Proclamation 9645 which imposed restrictions on the entry of citizens of eight countries into the United States (Chad was removed from the list in a revised Proclamation on April 10, 2018).

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) was one of the higher education associations that submitted an amicus brief in support of the state of Hawaii and in opposition to the Administration. Today, AASCU president Mildred Garcia issued a statement expressing regret about the Court’s decision.

We believe the ban and the Court’s ruling will continue to damage US standing overseas and further cement the perception that America is less welcoming to international students than it has historically been. The Proclamation – the third version of the travel ban – does include exceptions for international student and scholar visa categories for all but three of the countries listed (Syria, North Korea, and Somalia). In the case of Iranians, however, who represent the largest group of international students and scholars affected by this order, continued eligibility for “F,” “M,” and “J” visas will be conditioned upon unspecified “enhanced screening” which may serve as a de facto method of preventing their entry or re-entry into the United States.

Several higher education associations have banded together to form a powerful voice for DACA reform.  See their letter to Congressman Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, here.

Reform of the State College Contracts Law: An Urgent Priority

June 14, 2018

New Jersey state colleges and universities fully support these important bills, which reform the State College Contracts Law – the highest legislative priority for the state institutions.  The State College Contracts Law (SCCL) is a 32-year-old law establishing the procedures that the state colleges and universities must follow in order to enter into contracts, purchase goods and services, and construct buildings on their campuses.

The proposed changes will save the colleges and universities millions of dollars and allow them to be more efficient and nimble institutions.  They will be allowed to offer a more affordable education while preserving the high-quality education for which New Jersey institutions are renowned.  Also noteworthy, this legislation will directly lead to significant positive economic impact for the state without costing the taxpayers a single additional dollar.  No one is asking for any money from the state.  New Jersey’s senior public higher education institutions are just asking for the ability to use their limited resources in the most prudent and productive manner for the public good.  Read more here.


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.

NJ State Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley (District 20), New Jersey City University, Class of 2002; Kean University, Class of 2006

“The first,” “the youngest,” “the most” are superlatives defining New Jersey State Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley, a New Jersey City University undergraduate alumnus and Kean University graduate alumnus. His goal is to embrace a public service career that would be defined by yet another superlative – “the best,” specifically “the best” at helping others.

In 2002, Jamel earned his B.S. in criminal justice from New Jersey City University (NJCU) and followed that in 2006 with an M.A. in public administration from Kean University. He was the first in his family to go to college.

In 2001, before he even finished NJCU, Mr. Holley was appointed by New Jersey’s deputy majority leader to serve as chief of staff. That appointment earned him as the youngest chief of staff in the State of New Jersey for any of New Jersey’s 120 Legislators.

On November 2, 2004, Mr. Holley at the age of 25 won the seat of councilman in the Borough of Roselle, and, by doing so, he earned the designation as the youngest councilman in Union County. In November 2011, Mr. Holley became Mayor Holley, and became the youngest mayor ever elected in Roselle’s 117-year history.

Most recently, in January 2015, Assemblyman Holley was appointed to fill a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 20th Legislative District (including the municipalities of Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle, Union). By doing so, Mr. Holley became the first African-American to represent the 20th Legislative District in the New Jersey State Legislature.

Assemblyman Holley describes himself as a most passionate supporter of New Jersey’s public education system (K-16), because he never would have acquired all the professional superlatives without “the amazing educational support.”   Read more.

See our previous alumni profiles here.

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

Stockton Report Indicates New Jersey Beaches are in Better Shape than Before Hurricane Sandy 
June 27, 2018

New Jersey’s beaches are in better shape than they were before Hurricane Sandy. Furthermore, ongoing coordinated efforts by multiple government agencies and researchers at Stockton University to build a statewide system of protection will ensure they remain viable for residents and tourists.

As the Jersey Shore enters the Fourth of July holiday and peak beach season, the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and the Coastal Research Center at Stockton University hosted a New Jersey Beach Report at Stockton’s Carnegie Center Wednesday to highlight the status of the state’s beaches.  Read more.

Kean University College of Education among First in New Jersey to Receive New National Accreditation
June 25, 2018

Kean University has received the goal seal of approval for its educator preparation programs.  The College of Education received national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), reinforcing its commitment to excellence in teacher training.

Kean is one of three universities in New Jersey and 46 educator prep providers from 22 states and Puerto Rico to meet CAEP’s rigorous standards in the Spring 2018 review and one of 147 universities and colleges throughout the nation currently with CAEP accreditation.

“This accreditation means that Kean will continue to train New Jersey’s best teachers, consistent with our legacy as a teachers’ college,” said Anthony A. Pittman, PhD, acting dean of Kean’s College of Education. “As the largest producer of teachers in New Jersey, Kean has always been the leader in providing quality educator training for the state, and this endorsement by CAEP speaks to the caliber of our programs and stellar faculty and staff.”
Read more.

New Jersey City University Appoints Former NJCU Student-Athlete Star as its Head Women’s Basketball Coach
June 21, 2018

Patrick Devaney (’12), a former men’s basketball student-athlete and women’s basketball assistant coach, has been named the next head women’s basketball coach at New Jersey City University (NJCU). Mr. Devaney, chosen after a thorough review of candidates from around the nation, will be the 15th head coach in the 49-year history since the program was founded in 1970.

Shawn Tucker, associate vice president and director of NJCU Athletics, said: “It is with great excitement that we announce Pat Devaney as the next leader of the NJCU women’s basketball program. During the interview process, Pat emerged from a deep pool of talent. His passion for the sport of basketball and for using it as a tool to impact the lives of student-athletes, his deep-rooted love for NJCU, and his enthusiasm to shift the culture of the women’s basketball program were all evident.

“Pat has a deep knowledge of NJCU, the NJAC and New Jersey basketball, and is a strong recruiter with a clear vision for the future of the program. Pat is a shining example of how NJCU athletes can forever transform the lives of its student-athletes. We welcome him back to the NJCU family.”  Read more.

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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