Association Staff

Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Berreski, Esq.
Government & Legal Affairs

Paul R. Shelly
Communications & Marketing

Patricia A. Stearman
Budget & Administration

Support Staff:

Charlene R. Pipher
Executive Assistant

Pamela J. Hersh
Policy Research/
Relations Assistant
Contact Info
New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities
150 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08608

Phone: (609) 989-1100
Fax: (609) 989-7017

13 Critical Facts About the Condition of the State Colleges and Universities

Fact 1 New Jersey state colleges and universities rank nationally #3 in productivity for baccalaureate/masters institutions.
Fact 2 At the campuses, 97% of state college/university students are New Jersey residents. During the past decade, minority enrollment, full-time enrollment, and residential enrollment, and retention and graduation rates have increased despite declining state support.
Fact 3 Major gifts and grants to the state colleges and universities have increased significantly, with some of the largest in the institutions' history received recently.
Fact 4 In FY 2012, states on average devoted 9.9% of its budget to higher education, whereas New Jersey devoted only 7.7%, according to a National Association of State Budget Officers analysis (Fall 2012). 
Fact 5 With declining state investment, students' share of educational costs has risen to about 65%, from about 30%, since FY 1990.
Fact 6 The share of family disposable income needed to pay for tuition at New Jersey state colleges and universities has risen to 17.3%, from 12.6%, since FY 2002. 
Fact 7 Underfunding of state-negotiated labor contracts since FY 2000 amounts to over $200 million absorbed by the colleges/universities, or passed on to students in the form of higher tuition and fees. 
Fact 8 New Jersey is one of only 7 states with no capital budget for higher education facilities in recent years. The first general obligation bond issue for higher education facilities since 1988 was passed in 2012. 
Fact 9 Tuition is among the highest in the nation for like institutions because of the long absence of capital funding and the state's failure to pay the full cost of labor contracts and a larger share of operating expenses. 
Fact 10 New Jersey state colleges and universities have among the highest debt in the nation, yet receive high bond ratings; and bond agencies find the debt to be well managed. Bond raters' continued concern is state regulation that could turn back the clock on responsible enrollment and financial policy set by boards of trustees.
Fact 11 The public has confidence in state college trustee boards. In past polls of voters, when given the choice among three options to provide accountability, voters say they trust college presidents and nonpartisan trustee boards over New Jersey state government by a 4:1 margin. 
Fact 12 New Jersey ranks 46th in the nation in four-year public college/university enrollment capacity (undergraduate seats) to serve its citizens, partially accounting for New Jersey ranking 1st nationally in net loss of college bound students (about 30,000 annually). 
Fact 13 State colleges and universities overall have increased their six-year graduation rates by about one percentage point per year since the 1992 entering cohort; four-year graduation rates have increased even more rapidly in recent years. NJ state college/university averages consistently exceed the national mean by several points.