In the most recent study available (2007), NJ state colleges/universities, collectively, ranked No. 3 among the 50 states in productivity for baccalaureate/master's institutions.
At state college/university campuses, approximately 96 percent of students are New Jersey residents.
Over the past decade, overall undergraduate enrollment at NJ state colleges/universities has increased about 28 percent, and full-time enrollment has increased about 25 percent.
Racial and ethnic diversity at NJASCU institutions has increased by thousands of students over the past decade.
The number of bachelor's degrees awarded by NJASCU institutions has increased nearly 50 percent over the past decade and now constitutes about 38 percent of all such degrees awarded by New Jersey senior public institutions.
Since Academic Year 2009-2010, annual rate increases in tuition and fees at NJ state colleges/universities, on average, have ranged between 1.9 percent and 4.0 percent; 1.9 percent most recently.
The state investment in NJASCU institutions, in the form of direct appropriations, has decreased by tens of millions of dollars since Fiscal Year 2006.
Conversely, since FY 2006, the ratio of educational costs shared between students and families and the state has tilted from about 50/50 percent to about 65 percent student and family/35 percent state.
Tuition at the institutions is among the highest among four-year public colleges and universities nationally. Reasons include funding cuts, lack of funding for facilities maintenance, and the state's failure to help institutions pay for state-negotiated employee salary increases.
New Jersey ranks 45th in four-year, public college/university enrollment capacity (undergraduate seats) among the 50 states. This limited capacity, in part, accounts for New Jersey's ranking as number one in the nation in the net loss of college-bound students who migrate to other states (about 30,000 students nationally).
New Jersey state colleges/universities have increased their graduation rates since the 1990s, and current average six-year graduation rates exceed national averages for four-year, public institutions of their size and scope by over 13 points.
Average six-year degree completion rates for New Jersey four-year public colleges and universities (including Rowan, Rutgers, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology) are 5th highest in the nation. Completion rates include students who leave the institution where they start and complete a degree elsewhere.