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 on Higher 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
News from Our Campuses
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Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU
September 21, 2016
Ramapo College has upped its mindfulness to a new level of stress-free excellence. The Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of New Jersey is partnering with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. CFM has been a pioneer in the mindfulness movement and in bringing Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to tens of thousands of people. This partnership will enable the Krame Center to offer many new and exciting programs to the community.
September 20, 2016
Stockton University, whose Galloway campus is located in the Pinelands National Reserve, will receive the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Execllence and Innovation Award for Sustainability and Sustainable Development, according to a September 20, 2016 statement from AASCU.
September 8, 2016
New Jersey City University has launched the NJCU Center for the Arts to bring its performing, visual, film, and literacy arts activities under one creative umbrella.
In announcing the NJCU Center for the Arts, President Sue Henderson commented, "Our university community is rich with talented artists and bold ideas. NJCU is proud to share this abundance of creative energy and inspiring work with our neighbors and all those in the greater Jersey City area who wish to expand their horizons and explore new worlds."
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.