The nine state colleges and universities are currently operating a cumbersome and expensive dual system for about 40% of all employees. The current regulations are not only duplicative, but inconsistent with the institutions' fully developed personnel policies.
Because the 21st century college work environment is not at all like that of a government agency, many of the civil service rules are difficult to apply. Civil servcie is simply a vestige of a bygone era when the colleges were, in truth, operated as state agencies. No other public higher education institution in New Jersey -- that includes Rutgers, NJIT and the county colleges -- has employees classified under civil service titles.
Reform in this area will have its benefits. State colleges can more quickly fill key positions without cumbersome restrictions that are inefficient, costing time and money. Those employees with civil service titles can rest assured that they will retain all career service rights as long as they maintain uninterrupted service in a state college/university position or are on approved leave of absence from that title.