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:


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 -- Denis Onieal, New Jersey City University, Class of 1976.  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 Faculty Research: Civics Lessons in College Could Increase Political Participation

November 17, 2016


Education about civics in colleges and universities could reverse declining levels of public knowledge about government and increase political participation, according to research published today by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.

The report, “Midwife to Democracy: Civic Learning in Higher Education,” was written by Jennifer Forestal, assistant professor of Political Science at Stockton.  Increasing civic engagement is part of the mission of the Hughes Center, which sponsored the research.

Democracy flourishes when citizens are informed and actively participate in civic life, the report says, but evidence suggests that Americans lack knowledge about the U.S. political system and are tuning out.  Dr. Forestal cites Annenberg research showing only 38 percent of U.S. adults could name all three branches of government.  According to a 2015 research sponsored by the Hughes Center, more than half of New Jersey adults could not name a single U.S. Supreme Court justice, and only 29 percent could identify freedom of speech as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

William Paterson University Jazz Series Features Alumnus Justin Kauflin

November 17, 2016


Thirty-year-old internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, William Paterson University alumnus, returns to his alma mater to perform in the Jazz Room Series on December 4th.


The story of Justin Kauflin’s musical background was powerfully told in the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin’ On – from his time at William Paterson under the tutelage of the late Clark Terry to his subsequent discovery to a multi-record contract by Quincy Jones.  Although he appeared on the Jazz Room stage many times as a student, he now makes his debut as a featured artist.  This performance will preview selections from his new CD due for release in spring 2017.  

NJ Higher Education Policy Expert Questions Poll Findings About College Value

November 14, 2016


Dr. Darryl Greer, PhD, senior fellow, Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance Project (HESIG), William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, wrote the following blog/op-ed post to urge skepticism when reviewing poll findings that supposedly reflect opinions about the cost, value, and leadership of colleges and universities.


The November 7, 2016 Hechinger Report featured a story “Polls: Americans increasingly mistrustful of college costs, leadership and value,” citing reputable research by Public Agenda, Gallup and others.  But as with our recent national election polling experience, there is room to question some of poll findings.


For example, Stockton University survey research on New Jersey that drills down into college value and expected outcomes indicates that students and citizens strongly value college.  When asked as a straight forward question to NJ citizens and to recent college grads: Is college worth the cost (rather than needed to succeed), responses are consistent in the 70-90% positive range.

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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