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.
Testimony before Assembly Budget Committee Hearing
On behalf of The New Jersey Presidents' Council, which represents our state's fifty-seven public and private, two and four-year colleges and universities, Dr. Harvey Kesselman, chair of the NJ Presidents' Council, testified before the Assembly Budget Committee Hearing on Wednesday, May 1st.
Dr. Kesselman first applauded Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. Zakiya Smith-Ellis and her staff, on the creation of an urgently needed strategic plan for higher education.
He also commended the Governor and legislature for re-establishing the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, and for the focus on furthering an innovation economy.
These are two extremely important initiatives given that our national economy has experienced significant job growth and is increasingly dependent upon highly credentialed individuals.
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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.
David Fried: Mayor of Robbinsville, NJ; Rowan University/Glassboro State College, Class of 1989
Robbinsville, New Jersey Mayor David Fried and the internationally renowned NJ research institution Rowan University share some common experiences that define their respective successes over the past several years. They both are associated with a name change and major economic growth that includes the creation of a vibrant town center. Furthermore, they are linked to one another not by marriage – but by a bachelor’s degree. Mayor Fried is a 1989 political science graduate of Rowan University.
When Dave Fried went to Rowan, it was known as Glassboro State College. And when Dave was at Glassboro, Robbinsville was Washington Township. Neither Robbinsville nor Glassboro at the time had a thriving town center. And neither entity had yet acquired the reputation of being an economic engine of growth. Over the past 25 years, Rowan has transitioned from a well-regarded local comprehensive college that once focused primarily on teacher education to a world-renowned research university. During this same timeframe, Mayor Fried has gone from being a recent college grad with a startup business to a renowned New Jersey local government leader, as well as a business leader in the area of human resource management.
“I loved my years at Glassboro State College. It was a great college experience while giving me the basic skills – acquired through my classes as well as in extracurricular activities – to succeed in life,” said Mayor Fried, a native New Jerseyan who grew up in Hightstown, NJ.
Multiple press accounts about Dave Fried have used the word “successful” when describing both his political and professional achievements. The “successful” mayor of Robbinsville, NJ, Dave Fried is in his fourth term as mayor after first being selected to fill an unexpired term in 2000 under the prior township committee form of government.
As a committeeman, Mr. Fried was successful in helping to achieve the change to be the nonpartisan, strong mayor form of government that voters approved overwhelmingly in 2004. He became the first Robbinsville mayor directed elected by the voters, was sworn in on July 1, 2005, and then reelected and reelected and reelected (most recently, in 2017). Read more.
Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU
May 28, 2019
Stockton University’s (Baa1/positive outlook) improving credit profile incorporates the university’s growing prominence within the state as a mid-sized regional public institution with diversifying programmatic offerings and broadening demographic reach.
Stabilizing financial operations, limited near-term capital financing needs, active fiscal oversight and increasing donor support highlight the improving strategic position consistent with its well-defined long-term strategic approach. These credit strengths are offset by the university’s high overall leverage driven by both the substantial facility investment recent undertaken as well as rising retiree benefit liabilities.
With this elevated debt burden, the ability to successfully balance growth strategies with fiscal stewardship will be an important determinant of Stockton’s credit trajectory. Operating margins have been managed at or near breakeven levels which, when combined with general stagnant available reserves and liquidity, provide modest financial flexibility to counter any future adverse financial conditions.
On May 23,2019, Moody’s revised the university’s outlook to positive from negative reflecting successful completion of the Atlantic City (AC) expansion and attainment of revenue and enrollment projections during this period of substantial investment and growth.
Governance and management: successful delivery on key strategic priorities enhances operating position.
Stockton’s strong leadership team has a cohesive and well-coordinated forward agenda that, along with a demonstrated record of managing large and complex initiatives with the state, provides a solid foundation for continued growth. The successful completion of the Atlantic City campus and sizable investment at the Galloway campus underscores leadership’s actively managed long-term planning approach. Development of strong budgetary policies and centralized financial monitoring has allowed the university to maintain stable fiscal operations throughout the recent expansionary project. Leadership has well-defined strategic priorities that include expanding enrollment and access, strengthening intergovernmental collaboration and resources, improving academic outcomes, and enhancing reporting and board engagement for greater fiscal and operating oversight.
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.