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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Learn more about becoming a NJASCU Sponsor here.

New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities

150 West State Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08608

609-989-1100 office


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.


Collegiate Sponsor Spotlights:

Making Room With a View to the Future
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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News from Our Campuses

William Paterson University Team’s Discovery Offers Hope Amid Bat Crisis

Kean University Launches New Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program

Montclair State University Assists County College Students in Getting Four-Year Degrees

Ramapo College Officially Declared ‘Stigma-Free’ Campus

Financing of Stockton’s Atlantic City Campus Passes Another Milestone

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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.

This month -- Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, Class of 1984, Rowan University.  Read profile here.

New to the NJASCU Site

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

Stockton Poll Puts Clinton Ahead of Trump in New Jersey and Indicates Thumbs Down to Casino Expansion

October 7, 2016

Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a six-percentage-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential contest in New Jersey, according to a Stockton Poll released on September 30.  

Regarding a second proposed constitutional amendment on the New Jersey ballot this election, 72 percent support dedicating more of the current state gasoline tax to highway and road projects, while 23 percent oppose it and 5 percent are undecided or refuse to say.  

Making College Affordable Through Generosity: WPU Receives $200,000 in Scholarship Money from Give Back Foundation

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. 

Stockton Celebrates Its Roots, Trunk and Branches with the Inauguration of President Harvey Kesselman

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.  

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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