New Jersey's Growing Capacity Crisis
As predicted ... enrollment demands exceeds capacity
Student demand at New Jersey's eight traditional state colleges and universities is higher than ever before.
Applications for the fall 2013 full-time freshman class reached an unprecedented level: 63,544.
There is strong demand for student housing despite new construction. Currently, there are over 22,000 students living on campus at the eight residential NJASCU-member institutions, up from about 17,000 a decade ago.
Graduate enrollment in fall 2013 was about 15,000 students.
Meanwhile, Thomas Edison State College continues to grow to meet the needs of mature students who want to obtain a baccalaureate or master's degree on a part-time basis. The institution now serves over 19,500 undergraduates.
NJASCU officials emphasize that demand is likely to continue to remain strong in the area of full-time, residential undergraduate education.
Consequences of Underdeveloped Capacity
Since 1961, New Jersey has worried about the exodus of high school graduates to colleges in other states and the inability to educate more of its college bound students. In the late 1960s, the state took major steps to address the problem. More recently, the state passed the Building Our Future Bond issue and reauthorized several EFA facilities bond programs. These steps will help alleviate facilities strain at many institutions as they accommodate more students and place more students in science, technology, engineering and math programs.
By the Numbers
|1||New Jersey's rank among the states in annual net out-migration of high school graduates to attend college. (Source: US Department of Education)|
Times more likely
science and engineering
graduates are the first
work in the state where
they attended both high
school and college.
|46||New Jersey's rank among the states in four-year public college/university enrollment capacity on a per capita basis. (Source: ASCU calculations - based on data from the US Consensus Bureau and the US Department of Education)|
|30,000||Annual net loss of college-bound students caused by high out-migration of New Jersey high school graduates (and limited in-migration of other states' high school graduates.)|
What the state can do in partnership with the institutions and others
|n||Lead the nation in making higher education a top priority for strategic development.|
|n||Broaden college opportunity by de-mystifying college funding, and investing in innovative student aid programs and new incentives for colleges to meet state needs.|
|n||Invest regularly in first-rate facilities and technology, and build stronger partnerships with schools and businesses.|