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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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 -- David Keefe, Montclair State University, MFA, 2009. Read his profile here.
New to the NJASCU Site
Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU
Newark Black Film Festival Honors Legacy of NJCU Professor Lee Hagan
July 28, 2016
The 2016 Newark Black Film Festival will screen Lee Hagan: Connecting Generations, a film about the life and legacy of the late Dr. Lee Hagan - a New Jersey City University (NJCU) professor, community activist, and namesake of NJCU's Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center. The screening will take place on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. at CityPlex 12, 360 Springfield Avenue in Newark, NJ. Admission is free and open to the public. Read more here.
Kean University to Launch Three New Master's Degree Programs
July 28, 2016
Kean University will launch three new graduate programs in the upcoming academic years (2016-2019): a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology; Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in Kean’s new School of Physician Assistant Studies; and the Master of Architecture in the Michael Graves College. Read more here.
Ramapo College Recognized for Innovative Student Retention Initiative
July 28, 2016
Ramapo College of New Jersey was recently recognized as the winner of the 2016 Hobsons Education Advances Award for its accomplishments in increasing student retention and establishing a campus-wide "success network." 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.