NJASCU is a leading voice for public higher education in New Jersey.
Acting as an advocate in the state capital, the Association analyzes and monitors public policy issues and legislation affecting its member institutions. In cooperation with trustees, students, faculty and campus administrators, ASCU plays an active role in developing and proposing state higher education policy to better serve New Jersey's citizens.
The Association has been a leader 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 are among the most autonomous public institutions nationally.
Serving as a primary information resource for its member institutions, NJASCU provides analyses of higher educational policy issues such as:
- college access and affordability;
- higher education finance trends and comparisons;
- laws affecting trustee governance, ethical standards, and student welfare;
- the need to increase the capacity of the state colleges and universities to serve New Jersey students amidst unprecedented enrollment demand; and
- addressing the needs of emerging student populations, including student veterans.
NJASCU Statement on Voter Approval of the Building Our Future Bond Issue
Voter approval of the Building Our Future Bond referendum is a multi-faceted and far-ranging win for New Jersey -- students, employers, the construction and trade industries, and New Jersey's ability to compete in a knowledge-based economy.
The bond issue will help our institutions build their highest priority needs -- many relate directly to the STEM fields and preparation for professions crucial to the future of New Jersey.
The bond will also help make our institutions more affordable and accessible. We will also be able to retain more of our homegrown talent. We lose over 35,000 students a year to colleges in other states, which costs the state economy billions of dollars per year and the loss of much of our investment in young people. It is important for the public to know that 90% of students at institutions that will benefit from the bond issue are from the Garden State.
We are deeply grateful to voters of New Jersey who came out in considerable numbers to cast their vote -- some at great personal inconvenience.
We appreciate the support of our coalition partners -- business, industry, and labor -- as well as the support of many New Jersey opinion leaders.
We look forward to informing the public on progress made over the months ahead as the institutions begin building facilities to serve the needs of tens of thousands of students from New Jersey and the priority needs of the state.
At the time of this statement, 62.8% of the electorate had voted in favor of the bond issue.
The 2012 State College/University Accountability Sourcebook
The Sourcebook continues to be a source of important comparative information on enrollment and financial trends and how New Jersey "measures up" against other states on college opportunity and performance. Go to publications page to see new Sourcebook.
NJ Governor's Higher Education Task Force Report
The recently released report of the Governor's Higher Education Task Force, chaired by former Governor Tom Kean, ties higher education to the state's future competitiveness and prosperity better than any other study since the 1990s. The Association strongly endorses the report, recognizing that certain issues surrounding graduate medical/nursing education deserve further study.
The Association supports timely implementation of the recommendations and advocates principles in support of the report. View supported principles, here.
For veterans seeking a college degree ...
To serve student veterans and active duty military -- and New Jersey colleges and universities which help meet their higher education needs -- NJASCU launched Operation Promise for Servicemembers (OPS) and Operation College Promise (OCP). OCP is a statewide program supported by an American Council on Education/Wal-Mart grant. For more information about these programs and other veterans/servicemembers programs and benefits, go here.
ASCU is part of the Innovation NJ Coalition
Innovation NJ is a coalition of business and academia established to promote policies that foster an environment for innovation in the state that will: 1) encourage increased private and public sector R&D and the commercialization of new medicines, technologies and products to improve our quality of life; 2) stimulate economic growth in New Jersey; 3) retain and advance high-paying jobs in the state; 4) retain and advance high-paying innovation-related jobs in the state) and 5) increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related graduates from New Jersey colleges and universities.