Student-Athletes Attending New Jersey's Colleges and Universities Stand to Lose - Again - if Sports Gambling is Legalized in Our State. NJASCU Executive Director Michael Klein submitted a letter-to-the-editor of The New York Times in response to a story about the legalization of sports betting. (December 26, 2017)
S-2552 – Authorizes reciprocal agreements with other states for academic credit transfer and directs public institutions of higher education to enter into such agreements. Senate Higher Education Committee on December 11, 2017, voted to move forward with the proposal.
The state colleges and universities strongly agree with the intent of this legislation to help students earn their degrees by preventing the loss of already earned credits and valuable time through transfer and articulation policies. But we find no examples of interstate articulation and transfer agreements – thus making implementation of such legislation problematic. Read NJASCU Alert. (December 11, 2017)
Tax bills passed by the House and Senate in Congress would have major implications for universities and students if signed into law, college officials say, including reducing or eliminating some popular tax deductions and taxing tuition waivers for graduate assistants. Other provisions would reduce incentives for charitable giving, which could make people less likely to donate to nonprofit university foundations. Both bills have passed their respective house of Congress and must be negotiated before a final bill is sent to President Donald Trump. (December 7, 2017)
Senate Bill No. 3097 - Food Insecurity, for consideration by the Senate Higher Education Committee, Thursday, November 30, 2017; S-3097 allows students to voluntarily donate unused meal funds to be distributed to the NJ Federation of Food Banks.
NJASCU has some serious concerns about the implementation and effectiveness of this bill. We very much appreciate the Senator's concern regarding food insecurity on campus, but unfortunately this bill will have unintended consequences. Read advocacy alert here. (November 29, 2017)