Frequently Asked Questions
In New Jersey, higher education is arrayed in various segments and includes the group of nine state colleges and universities (The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Rowan University, Thomas Edison State College and William Paterson University); three public research universities (New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, and Rutgers University); nineteen county colleges (community colleges); and fourteen independent colleges and universities. Higher education also includes several proprietary institutions and special purpose religious institutions.
New Jersey colleges and universities are governed by institutional trustee boards and are coordinated through New Jersey Higher Education, an agency which is administered by the Secretary of Higher Education, with advice from the NJ Presidents' Council and others. State college and university trustee boards are composed of lay citizens appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate. Trustees serve six-year terms, which may be renewed. They serve as unpaid volunteers.
Rather than being part of a
system governed by a single
board and a set of rules, in
Check with other colleges.
Regarding the nine state
colleges and universities, check
with the NJ Association of State
Colleges and Universities.
You can also check with the
Commission on Higher Education.
Other sources include the
national higher education
Its history and law sets it
apart from the nine state
of the latter began as teacher
originally called "normal
Labor's interests are served by unions. The NJ Council of State College Locals AFT/AFL-CIO is the faculty's bargaining unit. Management is represented by the NJ Governor's Office of Employee Relations (OER), with state college/university representatives on the management negotiation team. The state pays benefits and in principle should pay in full state negotiated salary increases for employees. Concerning state mandated pay increases, typically it pays only part of such increases, and often zero percent, thereby passing the cost of raises on to colleges. Institutions must make up any difference. For details, see the State College Sourcebook.
Yes. The degree of self-governance trustee boards have, and the existence of institutional foundations, allows state colleges/universities to have a great deal of freedom to encourage private contributions and allow major donors to dedicate gifts.
Academic and Admissions
nine state colleges and
universities, serving about
94,000 undergraduates annually
are the leading source of
bachelor's degrees in
No. Admissions are
competitive, but many who apply
do get in. Each public
four-year institution has its
own standards and unique set of
Typically, fewer than one-half of the
applications to the freshman
More than ever, this is particularly true due to a well established agreement between the New Jersey state colleges and New Jersey community colleges. When there is a good match between the learning objectives of a beginning (lower-level) course at a two-year college and advance courses at senior colleges; they are said to be "well-articulated."
Two-year college students are well advised to remain in close contact with their advisors/counselors about their degree attainment goals.
Trustee boards set tuition based on anticipated costs of educational operations over the years ahead. Before making a decision, they are required by law to hold open public hearings to allow comment from students and the general public.
How much of that is covered by tuition? How much is paid by the state? What is the cost for students to go to a state college full-time, including fees, room and board? In tuition and fees, full-time students pay well over half of the $18,000 per year cost of delivering education (about $11,500 on average). The state also pays about 40%. Full-time residential students pay, besides tuition, about $14,500 in room, board, books and other costs per academic year. Full-time tuition and fees, plus room and board and other academic costs total about $26,000 per year.
The public tends to overestimate the cost of tuition significantly for all categories of colleges, according to polls sponsored by the American Council on Education.