NEW - NJASCU Statement on the Final Report of the College Affordability Study Commission (September 29, 2016)
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.
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NJASCU Paul Shelly Legacy Symposium onHigher Education
Growing Senior Public Higher Education Capacity - an Opportunity for Affordability, Accessibility, and Contributions to New Jersey
October 28, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
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Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU
September 29, 2016
There is talk about affordability in higher education, and then there is action. William Paterson University has received a $200,000 donation from the Give Something Back Foundation (Give Back) that will provide 10 low-income students from northern New Jersey with the opportunity to attend William Paterson University and graduate in four years with no cost for tuition and fees or room and board.
September 26, 2016
About 1,200 people from Stockton's past, present and future gathered on September 23, 2016 to celebrate the inauguration of Harvey Kesselman, a member of Stockton's very first class in 1971 who rose to become the university's fifth president.
September 27, 2016
Kean Ocean, the Kean University-Ocean County College partnership that is a model of higher education affordability, accessibility and cooperation in New Jersey, just turned 10 years old. More than 100 people - including Ocean County Freeholder members, Toms River Township Council members, faculty, students and staff affiliated with both Kean University and Ocean County College turned out to celebrate a decade of success during a special anniversary event on September 22, 2016 at Ocean County College (OCC) in Toms River, NJ.
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.