Governor Christie Announces $1.3 Billion for Higher Education Construction, Putting Thousands to Work and Improving Facilities for 350,000 Students

176 Projects Sent to Legislature For First Statewide, Voter-Approved Higher Education and Other State-Led Capital Construction in 25 Years

Trenton, NJ – Moving forward to ensure the future of higher education in the Garden State, Governor Christie today announced that Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks has sent the Legislature a list of 176 higher education capital construction projects, the first concerted contribution to New Jersey’s higher education infrastructure in decades. The projects, many of which are shovel-ready, include cutting edge research laboratories, the latest computerized classrooms, and cyber networks that will allow students and faculty to interact with colleagues around the world through long-overdue construction, maintenance and attention to the State’s higher education community.

“Today, we begin a new era of opportunity for New Jersey’s colleges and universities,” Governor Christie said. “To keep more of our best students in the State and to make our colleges more attractive research partners for industries looking to bring good paying jobs and businesses here, we need modern facilities to remain competitive.”

Last August, the Governor signed legislation placing a $750 million General Obligation construction bond question on the ballot. Voters approved the bond authorization in November and Secretary Hendricks took swift action and proposed regulations in December. In addition, Secretary Hendricks announced that the State would also be making available bond proceeds from the reauthorization of four other higher education funding programs – the Higher Education Capital Improvement Fund (CIF); the Higher Education Facilities Trust Fund (HEFT); the Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund (HETI); and the Higher Education Equipment Leasing Fund (ELF). The combined capacity of these programs is more than $1.3 billion. During the process, Secretary Hendricks sent out a solicitation package and hosted an information session in February, and by March 25, 2013, colleges and universities submitted more than 250 applications for funding.

A team of experts from the Educational Facilities Authority, the Economic Development Authority, the Schools Development Authority and the Department of Treasury reviewed and recommended the approval of projects to Secretary Hendricks, who then compiled the list that best reflects the State’s higher education goals and priorities. Selected projects targeted academic programs, especially science, technology, engineering and math. Institutions were required to detail how projects served students and aligned with New Jersey’s workforce needs.

“Our team looked for innovative projects that were in line with the missions of the colleges and New Jersey’s needs. I’m proud that higher education institutions in every region of our state will benefit,” Secretary Hendricks said. “We had 46 institutions submit applications for $2.1 billion in funding, and I want to commend the higher education community for the impressive quality of the applications.”

The full list of projects transmitted to the Legislature for consideration is attached [pdf 4.6MB] and a breakdown of proposed awards by institution is below:

HIGHER EDUCATION CAPITAL
FINANCING GRANT PROGRAMS
(by institution type)

INSTITUTION NAME

PROPOSED AWARDS

Public Research Universities

      New Jersey Institute of Technology

$99,842,923

      Rowan University

$117,813,926

      Rutgers University (all campuses)

$357,231,074

      UMDNJ

$67,030,705

Senior Public Institutions

      Kean University

$53,812,500

      Montclair State University

$93,812,912

      New Jersey City University

$34,585,004

      Ramapo College of New Jersey

$18,598,000

      Richard Stockton College of NJ

$53,957,950

      The College of New Jersey

$57,450,035

      Thomas Edison State College

$16,621,000

      William Paterson University

$31,983,521

Private Institutions

      Beth Medrash Govoha

$10,635,747

      Bloomfield College

$2,517,500

      Caldwell College

$3,846,182

      Centenary College

$2,267,000

      Drew University

$6,811,109

      Fairleigh Dickinson University

$10,160,188

      Felician College

$4,375,000

      Georgian Court University

$8,439,985

      Princeton Theological Seminary

$645,323

      Princeton University

$6,452,500

      Rider University

$4,555,000

      Saint Peter’s University

$2,766,000

      Seton Hall University

$11,713,532

      Stevens Institute of Technology

$7,250,000

      The College of Saint Elizabeth

$2,391,888

County Colleges

      Atlantic Cape Community College

$8,211,657

      Bergen Community College

$15,844,000

      Brookdale Community College

$15,884,865

      Burlington Community College

$4,573,881

      Camden County College

$8,313,296

      County College of Morris

$10,437,512

      Cumberland County College

$2,492,400

      Essex County College

$19,103,490

      Gloucester County College

$19,008,315

      Hudson County Community College

$11,615,985

      Mercer County Community College

$9,697,050

      Middlesex County College

$14,810,400

      Ocean County College

$12,510,572

      Passaic County Community College

$6,111,199

      Raritan Valley Community College

$16,418,794

      Salem Community College

$3,000,000

      Sussex County Community College

$2,331,600

      Union County College

$1,405,848

      Warren County Community College

$917,000

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Press Contact:
Michael Drewniak
Colin Reed
609-777-2600

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