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New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
Last Updated: 2014 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

As part of a school district report card, school districts must report the percentage of students in AP courses. New Jersey law requires the commissioner of the department of education, in consultation with the Commission on Higher Education and the Presidents' Council, to establish a program to provide courses for college credit on public high school campuses to high school students through institutions of higher education. The program must include procedures for institutions of higher education and local districts who wish to enroll in the program; procedures for students who wish to enroll in the program, including procedures to insure that no student who is academically eligible is excluded from participation in college courses offered on high school campuses because of inability to pay; and requirements prescribing minimum qualifications a teacher must possess as a condition for enrollment in the program. Higher education institutions must accept the course credit of a student who successfully participates in the program. (Last updated 2008)

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

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ADULT LEARNERS

The Office of Adult and Continuing Education and High School Equivalency within the New Jersey State Department of Education oversees the high school equivalency certificate program. School districts, county community colleges, county and State institutions may apply to the Commissioner of Education for funds to be used toward the establishment and operation of classes and programs for adult education designed to provide these students with the equivalent of a high school education. Each school district employing a supervisor of adult education receives funding from the state equal to two-thirds the supervisor's annual salary. According to New Jersey statute, any school district's board can implement and run an adult education program using district buildings. In addition, school districts are allowed to charge tuition for their adult education courses. In 1999, state statute required the formation of a council for adult literacy education services within the State Employment and Training Commission. The role of this council is to facilitate Statewide and local policy development, planning, and oversight of an adult education program (Last updated 2013).

Adult Learners, Financial Assistance

Adult Learners, Funding

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:50-12 - High school programs of education for adults, application for funds
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:50-4 - Donation and tuition fees; disposition
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:50-7 - Districts employing supervisors of adult education, apportionment of funds

Adult Workforce Education and Training

N.J. Rev. Stat. 34:15C-19 - Purpose and responsibilities of the council

Governance of Adult Education

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:50-10 - Rules and regulations by state board
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:50-12 - High school programs of education for adults, application for funds
N.J. Rev. Stat. 34:15C-19 - Purpose and responsibilities of the council
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

New Jersey has taken several steps to create a seamless system of articulation and transfer in the state. The New Jersey Presidents' Council (NJPC), a statutory body made up of the presidents of public and private institutions of higher education, is directed to encourage the formation of alliances among institutions, including creating articulation and transfer agreements. A comprehensive statewide transfer and articulation agreement created by N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:3B-14, passed in 2007, provides for the seamless transfer of completed A.A. and A.S. credits to a baccalaureate degree program. Under the law, public institutions in the state must work with the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education (NJCHE) and the NJPC to establish these transfer policies. The NJPC also maintains the web-based NJ Transfer initiative (www.njtransfer.org), which provides information to students about transfer between two- and four-year colleges and universities in the state. The NJCHE maintains their own website featuring information about the articulation agreement and materials that promote successful transfer in the state. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:3B-14 - Responsibilities of Commission
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:3B-8 - Responsibilities of Council

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 72A-(66-71) - Findings, declarations relative to higher education technology infrastructure; Fund; Use; Grants, Bonds and Agreements

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:62-4.3 - Student at Public Institution of Higher Education, Re-Enrollment Right, Refund of Fees if Called to Active Duty for Certain Military Operations

Statewide Articulation Guides

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:3B-14 - Responsibilities of Commission
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:3B-8 - Responsibilities of Council

Transfer Agreements

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:3B-14 - Responsibilities of Commission
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

New Jersey has a postsecondary student unit record system, and is in the process of developing a K-12 longitudinal database. Since 1994, New Jersey public colleges and universities have been required by law to prepare and submit an annual accountability report. These reports serve as an update of the condition of the institutions and include academic offerings; accreditation status; major capital projects; a profile of the student body, including student graduation rates; and a profile of faculty and trustees. The Commission on Higher Education posts each accountability report (known as the Institutional Profile) on its website to inform the general public of the roles and accomplishments of institutions of higher education. (Last updated 2008)

Performance Based Measures for K-12

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 7A-10 - New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum for Evaluating School Performance.
N.J. Stat. Ann. 18A:7A-11 - Reports by School Districts, Commissioner; Interim Review
N.J. Stat. Ann. 18A:7A-14 - Review, Evaluation of Reports, Performance Continuum Placement, Procedure
N.J. Stat. Ann. 18A:7E-2 - School Report Card Program
N.J. Stat. Ann. 18A:7E-3 - Contents of Report Cards
N.J. Stat. Ann. 18a:7E-4 - Report Cards to Include Statewide and District Averages

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 3B-35 - Annual Report by Institution of Higher Education
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FINANCE

The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education provides coordination, planning, policy development, and advocacy for the state's higher education system with advice from the New Jersey Presidents' Council, which is comprised of the presidents (who serve ex officio) of public and private institutions of higher education. However, neither the Commission nor the Presidents' Council has the power to set tuition and fees. Instead, the governing body (Board of Trustees) of each institution of higher education, including the community colleges, establishes its own resident and non-resident tuition and fee levels. Non-resident tuition and fee rates must be higher than resident rates. According to state law, any eligible member of the New Jersey National Guard is permitted to attend any public institution in the state and receive up to 15 credits per semester tuition-free. In addition, New Jersey institutions may allow persons who are 65 years of age and older to enroll without the payment of tuition charges. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 63-2 - Tuition and Incidental Fees
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 64-14 - Supplies; School Fees

Fee-Specific Policies

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 62-22 - Student Tuition, Fees, Certain; Collection Method, Optional Fee Defined
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 63-2 - Tuition and Incidental Fees
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 64-14 - Supplies; School Fees
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:6-8.5 - Requirements for receipt of employee tuition assistance, additional compensation
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:6-8.6 - Requirements for receipt of employee tuition assistance, additional compensation; Construction of act

Tuition and Fee Waivers

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 62-24 - Tuition Benefits for Members of New Jersey National Guard; State Payment
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 62-3 - Enrollment of Senior Citizens in Tuition-Free Courses in State Institutions of Higher Education
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 64-13.2 - Tuition-Free Job Training Courses
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 64A-23.2 - County College Courses
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 71-78.1 - Tuition-Free Enrollment in Postsecondary Program for Certain Volunteers, Family Members
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 71B-18 - Grants Created; Use
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 71B-19 - Administration of Provisions
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 71B-20 - Eligibility, Prerequisite
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 71B-21 - Amount of Grant; Reduction of Award
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 71B-23 - Scholarships for Undergraduate Education; Eligibility

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 62-22 - Student Tuition, Fees, Certain; Collection Method, Optional Fee Defined
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 62-27 - Other Fees Payable
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges acts as a coordinating body and legislative advocate for the state's 19 community colleges, where the majority of remedial education occurs. In 2008, college presidents approved the Council's Academic Officers Association recommendations for a common assessment and uniform cut scores for remedial course placement. The Council may submit annual budget requests to the state to support operational costs, which must factor in credit courses as well as remedial and adult basic education courses. The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education is required to develop, establish, and maintain programs of remedial and supplemental education for students who receive educational opportunity assistance at any public or private institution of higher education. Such programs may be administered directly by the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) or be cooperative ventures undertaken with any or all public and private higher education institutions. The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) was established to identify, recruit, and provide financial assistance to needy students who lack adequate preparation for college study. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Collaborative Efforts to Reduce the Need for Remediation

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:64A-22 - Annual Budget Requests for State Support of Colleges
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71-39 - Remedial and Supplementary Education for Grantees
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:7C-3 - Remedial Instruction

Placement Policies

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:7C-3 - Remedial Instruction
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RESIDENCY

Residency policies are determined by the legislature. Resident tuition benefits are granted to individuals who have been in New Jersey for at least one year prior to enrollment in a public postsecondary educational institution. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). Persons who have been domiciled for less than one year will be considered non-residents. Residency is also granted to United States military personnel and their dependents who are living in New Jersey. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 62-4 - Residency Requirement

Residency Policies Related to Military Service

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 62-4.1 - Resident Tuition for Military Personnel
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The State of New Jersey offers various merit- and need-based aid programs provided by federal, state, and privately funded sources. The Educational Opportunity Fund grant assists low-income residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. For the 2005-2006 academic year, New Jersey spent 224,924 million for need-based aid and 32,507 million for non-need-based aid. New Jersey offers a college savings plan. The following programs directly benefit students while they prepare for college or assist them while in college: the College Bound Grant Program, providing academic support for low-income students in grades 6-12; the Special Needs Grant Program, providing direct assistance to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or students with learning disabilities as well as technical assistance to other colleges and universities in the state; the Education of Language Minority Students Grant Program, providing funds to develop or strengthen programs for ESL students who are residents of New Jersey. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 71B-(65- 80) - Findings, declarations relative to Prepaid Higher Education Expense Program; Fund; Board; College Admission
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 71B-16-17 - Garden State Scholarship; Amount of Scholarship; Payments; Limitations and Use
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 72M - Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program; Procedures; Stipends; Evaluation and Rules
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71-31 - New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund.
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-81 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (STARS): Short Title
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-82 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (STARS): Findings Relative to NJ STARS Program
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-83 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (STARS): Definitions Relative to NJ STARS Program
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-84 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (STARS): STARS Program
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-85 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (STARS): NJ STARS Scholarships; Eligibility
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-86 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (STARS): Report to Legislature, Governor on NJ STARS Program; Guidelines Rules, Regulations
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-86.1 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II (STARS): Short Title
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-86.2 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II (STARS): Definitions Relative to NJ STARS II Program
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-86.3 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II (STARS): NJ STARS II Program Created
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-86.4 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II (STARS): Eligibility for NJ STARS II; Scholarship Amounts
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-86.5 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II (STARS): Acceptance of Academic Credits
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-86.6 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II (STARS): Report to Governor, Legislature; Authority Regulations
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-86.7 - New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II (STARS): Construction of Act
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-87 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Short Title
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-88 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Findings, Declarations Relative to Social Services Student Loan Redemption
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-89 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Definitions Relative to Social Sciences Student Loan Redemption
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-90 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-91 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Eligibility for Participation in Program
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-92 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Application for Loan Redemption
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-93 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Nullification of Redemption Contract
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-94 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Loan Forgiveness Awards
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-95 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Annual Report
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-96 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Rules, Regulations
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71B-97 - Social Services Student Loan Redemption Program: Filling of Direct Care Professional Position with Person having Degrees
N.J. Rev. Stat. 54A:6-25.1 - Loan Redemption Exempt from Taxation
N.J. Rev. Stat. 54A:9-25.23 - Income Tax Returns, Option for Contribution to NJ World Trade Center Scholarship Fund

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A:71-31 - New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund.
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TEACHING QUALITY

In September 1984, the New Jersey Board of Education launched the Provisional Teacher Program, the nation's first alternative route program, which continues to operate successfully. In April 2001, the State Board required two years of mentoring for all new teachers. In 2002, $10 million in grant funds were awarded by the Commission on Higher Education to New Jersey institutions in the form of Teacher Effectiveness Grants and Teacher Quality and Capacity Grants. In 2003, $3 million was distributed by the Commission through the Teacher Preparation Grant Program, which is designed to increase the number of highly effective teachers prepared to teach math, science, special education, preschool, and literacy in urban schools. In 2004, the State Board adopted new regulations governing teacher preparation and certification, shifting from a course-based to a standards-based approach to teacher preparation. In 2005, the state began offering an endorsement in technology education to teach technology education in all public schools. Technology education includes content which is aligned to the core curriculum content standards and which reflects the standards for technology literacy published by the International Technology Education Association. (Last updated 2008)

Professional Development

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 6-104-106 - Educational Technology Teacher Training Program

Recruitment

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 26-1 - Citizenship Requirement for Teachers, Exceptions.
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 26-8.1 - Issuance of Teachers Certificate to Noncitizen
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 27-2.2 - Employment of Teachers From Foreign Countries Under Certain Conditions.
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 27-2.3 - Authorization for Employment of Teachers From Foreign Countries, Requirements for Certification.

Supply and Demand Strategies

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 26-1 - Citizenship Requirement for Teachers, Exceptions.
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 26-8.1 - Issuance of Teachers Certificate to Noncitizen
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 27-2.2 - Employment of Teachers From Foreign Countries Under Certain Conditions.
N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 27-2.3 - Authorization for Employment of Teachers From Foreign Countries, Requirements for Certification.

Teacher Preparation

N.J. Rev. Stat. 18A: 6-104-106 - Educational Technology Teacher Training Program
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