150 West State Street. Trenton NJ 08608 -- 609-989-1100 office

Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer



Barbara Berreski, Esq.

Government & Legal Affairs


Patricia A. Berry

Budget & Administration


Pamela J. Hersh

Communications & Marketing


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


NJASCU Summary of Governor's Proposed FY 2018 Budget 

(March 2, 2017)


Presidents of NJASCU institutions issue a collective statement of disapproval of President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration (February 6, 2017)

"The federal executive order issued January 27, 2017 aiming to protect the United States from foreign terrorists entering our country has serious and deleterious implications for our students and for our institutions, and we respectfully request the administration to reconsider its action."

For the entire signed statement: http://www.njascu.org/NJASCU-Statement-Fed-Exec-Order-020617.pdf

Background from NJASCU CEO - NJASCU Institutions Update on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration (January 31, 2017)

Late in the afternoon on Friday, Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The order bars entry to refugees from anywhere in the world for 120 days, and from Syria indefinitely. It blocks any visitors for 90 days from seven designated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The executive order states that upon the resumption of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the program should “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.” The executive order also decreases the number of refugees to be admitted into the U.S. in fiscal year 2017 from the target of 110,000 set by the Obama administration to no more than 50,000. More

The full executive order is available in the Federal Register published Feb. 1:

 Free Screening of Documentary on the Defunding of Public Higher Education  

"Starving the Beast"

April 12, 2017

7:30 p.m.
Princeton Garden Theatre

The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) invites you to a free screening of the higher education documentary (2016) film Starving the Beast on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Princeton Garden Theatre. The thought-provoking film about the systematic defunding of public higher education throughout the country will be followed by a discussion with NJASCU CEO Michael Klein.

According to the March 25, 2016 review in the Huffington Post: "No film better exposes the coordinated assault on public higher education that is going on right now." Dr. Klein will relate the movie's content to the declining state funding for New Jersey's senior public higher education institutions. Significantly reduced state support impacts college affordability and access for New Jersey's students, as well as the economic health of the state.

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.


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 -- Mohamad Bassel Khair, Class of 2013, Montclair State University.  Read profile here.

Previous Alumni Profiles:

Robin Schwartz, William Paterson University, Class of 1979 (January 2017)

Denis Oniela, New Jersey City University, Class of 1976 (November/December 2016)

Kenneth Lacovara, Rowan University, Class of 1984 (October 2016)

NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band (September 2016)

Dean Peter Straub, Stockton University, Class of 1980 (August 2016)

David Keefe, Montclair State University, MFA, 2009 (July 2016)

Kayleigh Shangle and James Shangle, The College of New Jersey (June 2016)

Edward Shannon, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 85 (May 2016)

Joanne Robinson, William Paterson University School of Nursing, '75 (March 2016/April 2016)

Danielle Kovach, New Jersey City University, '01 (Featured February 2016/March 2016)

Patricia Powell, William Paterson University, '73 (Featured January 2016/February 2016)

Harvey Kesselman, Stockton University, '79 (Featured December 2015/January 2016)

Lamont Repollet, The College of New Jersey, '94, Kean University, '00 (Featured November/December 2015)

Dennis Devery, Thomas Edison State University, '05  (Featured October 2015)

Lester E. Taylor, III, Montclair State University, '97 (Featured September 2015)

A.J. Sabath, Ramapo College, '93 (Featured August 2015)

Rick Ricciardi, Stockton University, '76 (Featured July 2015)

New to the NJASCU Site

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

Barbara Harmon-Francis Articulates Passionate Support for NJ Educational Opportunity Fund Program

An alumna of The College of New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program, who now heads Ramapo’s EOF program, testified on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at a NJ Senate public hearing (held at Rutgers University, Newark) on the budget proposed by Governor Christie in February. Below is her compelling story and argument for restoring the $3.6 million in EOF funding that was cut in the governor’s proposal.

March 21, 2017

I would like to start by thanking the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for taking the time to hear my testimony. My name is Barbara Harmon-Francis and I am an aluma of The College of New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund’s Program and the current Director of the Ramapo College of New Jersey EOF Program. The Educational Opportunity Fund, also known as EOF, was started in 1968 to help people like myself attend and graduate from New Jersey’s colleges.

The National College Access Network states that the biggest determining factor as to why an individual will or will not attend college is a student’s zip code. A zip code. It’s really hard to believe, but it’s true. A student like myself, who was attending Orange High School, was less likely to attend college, simply because of where I lived, my income level, and my school district

William Paterson University Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Its Nursing Program
March 20, 2017

William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, which offered its first baccalaureate degree in nursing in 1966 and has grown to be a leader in nursing education in New Jersey, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its nursing program.

“We are proud of our long history and the outstanding reputation of our program,” said Kathleen Waldron, president of William Paterson University. “More than 3,600 health professionals have graduated from William Paterson’s nursing program. Our highly-trained faculty, building on their own clinical experience, are demanding of their students and have helped them obtain some of the top nursing positions in the region.” William Paterson alumni are employed at nearly every major hospital and medical center in New Jersey and beyond.

Kean University Introduces Minor in Sustainability Sciences
March 16, 2017

Kean University is embarking upon a major expansion of its “green” offerings with a new Minor in Sustainability Sciences. The 18-credit undergraduate program teaches students the basic principles and tools of sustainability science through hands-on research and activities based on real-world situations and practical solutions.

“There is a growing demand for energy, water and food, and that puts stress on natural systems and elevates tensions between nations, industries and communities,” said Dongyan Mu, PhD, program coordinator and professor in Kean’s School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. “Dealing with these problems requires knowledge across disciplinary boundaries and collaborations among engineers, and social and natural scientists. The sustainability science major was developed in response to those demands.” Read more here


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TechXtend Hosts Educational Seminar on "Physical Security in the Education Space"

February 24, 2017

TechXtend, an IT solution provider specializing in the areas of security, virtualization, disaster recovery, and datacenter infrastructure, invites members of the higher education community to a February 24, 2017 educational seminar on "Physical Security in the Education Space."  The learning session, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes lunch and will take place at TechXtend corporate offices in Eatontown, New Jersey.

Partnering with TechXtend for this instructional session is Bosch Security Systems.  In reaction to recent nationwide school incidents and threats, both Bosch and TechXtend determined a need among security professionals at educational institutions for proactive rather than reactive strategies.

Some key issues to be discussed include:

  • Campus security: defending against burglary, vandalism, and trespassing.
  • Student/Employee Safety: Situational awareness of the student population as well as non-students on campus and controlling ingress/egress.
  • Student/Employee Management: Identifying trouble areas and activities as a means of enhanced control with less personnel.
  • ROI: Longevity of equipment and technology, ability to leverage existing equipment, reduction of failure risk, and easy proof migration path.

TechXtend and Bosch SLED

Safety & Security

Lunch & Learn

February 24, 2017

11 am - 2 pm

4 Industrial Way West, 3rd Floor

Eatontown, New Jersey 07724

RSVP - Contact Kevin Askew for more information:

kevin.askew@techxtend.com (800) 441-1511

If you are unable to physically attend, you can register for an interactive webinar.

Click to Register for Webinar

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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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