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.
News from the Colleges/Universities
New Jersey Higher Ed is Doing Just Fine, Thank You - NJASCU Challenges Dean Dad's Assertion that the State's Higher Ed System is Failing Its Residents
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NEW! ALUMNI PROFILES
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 -- Joanne Robinson, William Paterson University School of Nursing, Class of 1975. See Dr. Robinson's alumna profile here.
New to the NJASCU Site
Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU
WPU Professor Robin Schwartz Honored with 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for Distinguished Accomplishment in Photography
April 11, 2016
Robin Schwartz, associate professor of art at William Paterson University and award-winning photographer, was honored with a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her distinguished achievements as a photographer. A recent achievement was having her photos featured in the New York Times Magazine. Read more here.
Captain Mark Kelly and Entrepreneur Brandon Stanton are Commencement Speakers for Kean University
April 8, 2016
Kean University will feature two super stars as the 2016 commencment speakers at the Kean graduate and undergraduate graduation ceremonies. Highly decorated astronaut and best-selling author Captain Mark Kelly will deliver the commencement address at the Nathan Weiss Graduate College Commencement at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Renowned photographer, digital storytelling pioneer and creator of the photo blog "Humans of New York" Brandon Stanton will give the commencement address at Kean University's Undergraduate Commencement at the Prudential Center in Newark, Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m. 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.