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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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 -- Edward Shannon, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Class of 1985. See Dr. Shannon's alumna profile here.
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Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU
William Paterson University Music Professor Mixes It Up with Art and Athleticism
May 27, 2016
Payton MacDonald, William Paterson University music professor, will combine his passions for creative music and ultra-distance mountain biking for his upcoming Sonic Divide project. In June, MacDonald will bike the U.S. Great Divide Mountain Biking Route from Mexico to Canada. He has commissioned 30 original compositions from 30 composers, including William Paterson faculty members Peter Jarvis, John Link, Tim Newman, Kevin Norton, Anton Vishio and David Weisberg. He will perform and document one composition each time he crosses the Continental Divide during the self-supported 2,500-mile journey. Read more here.
New Jersey City University Hosts Prestigious International Business Conference, June 3-4, 2016
May 16, 2016
NJCU is playing a key role in an upcoming international business conference, June 3 through June 4, 2016, at the NJCU School of Business, 160 Hudson Street, Harborside Plaza 2. More than 300 attorneys, mediators, judges, and international business leaders are expected to attend the conference that will explore mechanisms to promote international trade and commerce and enable companies to do business more effectively in the global business community. 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.