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


NEW - Public Colleges and Universities are Enginees of Economic Success for Students of Working-Class Backgrounds

According to this extremely important and well researched opinion piece in The New York Times (Sunday, January 22, 2017), op-ed columnist Davide Leonhardt essentially says that public colleges and universities are the big and little engines that could and do.

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:

TechXtend Hosts Educational Seminar on “Physical Security in the Education Space,” February 10, 2017

TechXtend, an IT solution provider specializing in the areas of security, virtualization, disaster recovery, and datacenter infrastructure, invites members of the higher education community to a Feb. 10, 2017 educational seminar on “Physical Security in the Education Space.”  The learning session, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes lunch and will take place at TechXtend corporate offices in Eatontown, NJ.


Partnering with TechXtend for this instructional session is Bosch Security Systems. In reaction to recent nationwide school incidents and threats, both Bosch and TechXtend determined a need among security professionals at educational institutions for proactive rather than reactive strategies.


Some key issues to be discussed include:

  • Campus security: defending against burglary, vandalism, and trespassing.
  • Student/Employee Safety: Situational awareness of the student population as well as non-students on campus and controlling ingress/egress.
  • Student/Employee Management: Identifying trouble areas and activities as a means of enhanced control with less personnel.
  • ROI: Longevity of equipment and technology, ability to leverage existing equipment, reduction of failure risk, and easy proof migration path.


TechXtend/Bosch Education

Safety & Security Lunch & Learn

February 10, 2017

11 am – 2 pm


4 Industrial Way West, 3rd Floor, Eatontown, NJ, 07724


RSVP by February 3, 2017

Contact Kevin Askew for more information

kevin.askew@techxtend.com | 800.441.1511


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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 -- Robin Schwartz, William Paterson University, Class of 1979.  Read profile here.

New to the NJASCU Site

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

Give Us a Break – N.J. Tax Breaks Total at Least $23.5 Billion, According to Stockton’s Public Policy Center

January 10, 2017


As the governor and the state legislature embark upon New Jersey’s budget process, Stockton University’s Hughes Center unveils its analysis about the cost of New Jersey’s tax breaks.  A partial estimate of the cost of New Jersey’s many tax breaks totals at least $23.5 billion for fiscal year 2017, a figure that equals roughly two-thirds of the state’s annual budget of $34.8 billion, according to a policy brief published on January 10, 2017 by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.  

Kean University Student-Athlete Invited to Major League Soccer Scouting Event

December 21, 2016


Kean University student-athlete Sevag Kherlopian is the first Kean athlete to receive an invitation to a Major League Soccer franchise scouting event.  The forward for the Cougars men’s soccer team was invited to the Columbus Crew Soccer Club College Combine on Sunday, December 4th

Guest Column: The Importance of Institutional Researchers to Policymaking

NJASCU Executive Director Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD, contributed the following column to the website of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, December 1, 2016

Many important issues face higher education in New Jersey, including enrollment capacity, institutional costs, and student success.  It is institutional researchers who collect the data related to these issues and interpret the material for campus leaders and policymakers, helping them to make informed decisions.  While institutional researchers may work behind the scenes at our colleges and universities, the implications of their efforts are front and center in policy deliberations.  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.

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