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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 College, 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.


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.

This month -- Dr. Lamont Repollet - The College of New Jersey, 1994; Kean University, 2000.  See Dr. Repollet's Alumni Profile here.

Quick Takes! New to the NJASCU Site

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

Confucius Institute at NJCU Offers Myriad of Educational and Cultural Opportunities

November 16, 2015 - If Confucius had attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at New Jersey City University (NJCU) on November 2, 2015, he would have come up with a wise saying about the value of the new NJCU Confucius Institute.  

NJ is one of just two universities in New Jersey to host a Confucius Institute - approximately 100 universities across the country host Confucius Institutes; approximately 400 Confucius Institutes exist at universities throughout the world.  Read more here.

TCNJ and Rowan Host College Affordability Study Commission Public Hearings

November 5, 2015 - The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Rowan University are pleased to host the final two public hearings for the College Affordability Study Commission on November 18, 2015 and January 20, 2016, respectively.  The TCNJ hearing on November 18th at 2:30 p.m. will take place in the School of Business Lounge, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing.  The Rowan hearing on January 20th at 10:30 a.m. will take place in the Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro.  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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