The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education convened at the Mary
G. Roebling Building in Trenton on January 20, 2006. Chairman Francis J.
Mertz presided. Highlights from the meeting include:
Chairman’s Report: Mr. Mertz said the Higher
Education Transition Policy Group report has not yet been made public.
He also commented on
aspects of the work underway by the Capital Planning Task Force.
Executive Director’s Report: Dr. Oswald
discussed accountability to improve performance, referencing a
report by the National Commission
on Accountability in Higher Education.
Long-Range Plan Update: Dr. Oswald discussed
efforts in two areas of the Blueprint: the formation of a working
to discuss ways to advance
the institutions’ public purpose and ongoing work to enhance
articulation and transfer.
Discussion Related to Licensure Regulations and Procedures: Dr.
Oswald commented on the process that will be used in a review
of current regulations
and required procedures for institutional licensure and related
petitions in New Jersey.
- “Solutions for Our Future” – A National Higher Education
Campaign: Jane Wellman, a consultant for the campaign,
provided an overview of the project, which seeks to enhance
public awareness and understanding
of the public benefits of higher education.
Overview of Primary Commission Responsibilities Through June
Oswald commented on the challenges and opportunities in
the coming six months.
- Update on the Education of Language Minority Students (ELMS)
Grant Program: Ms. Iris Duffield, from the Commission’s Office
of Academic Affairs, gave a brief overview of the ELMS program, which funds
enhanced services to bilingual students.
Proposed Use of Uncommitted Funds from the Education of Language
Minority Students Grant Program: The Commission approved
the release of a special, targeted RFP for use of uncommitted
fiscal 2007 funds.
Homeland Security Best Practices Guidelines for the Higher Education
Sector: Dr. Oswald discussed the process to implement
the directives regarding the Best Practices Guidelines
for the Higher
Education Sector provided
in former Governor Codey’s memorandum approving the guidelines.
Presidents’ Council Report: Dr. Pruitt
commented on the work of the Higher Education Transition
Policy Group, of
which he was a co-chair, and
the Council’s capital bond proposal.
- Comments from the Public: Dr. John Pace, president,
Association of New Jersey County College Faculties – NJ
STARS II, ethics issues, licensure process.
Next Meeting: February 24, 2006,
at 10:00 a.m., at the Mary G. Roebling Building
agenda, the meeting may be changed
to a conference call. The meeting press release
and tentative agenda will notify the public if
- Long-range plan update
- Bais Medrash Toras Chesed petition for initial licensure