The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education today adopted Stage 1 of New Jersey’s long-range plan for higher education: A Blueprint for Excellence. The plan calls for a new compact between higher education and the state to prepare more students for the future, support economic development, and enhance quality of life in New Jersey.
“The approval of Stage 1 of the plan is the result of a collaborative process among all segments of the higher education community and other stakeholders,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman of the Commission. “It is the first step in creating a template for the future of higher education in the state.”
The plan’s vision calls for a system of higher education that is among the best in the world. Seven principal state objectives are identified to achieve the vision:
Consistent with its statutory responsibility, the Commission on Higher Education is facilitating the development of the long-range plan. Work began in April 2002 through an open, collaborative process involving the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, representatives from institutional boards of trustees, and hundreds of other stakeholders.
“I am grateful to the many individuals who contributed their time and talents to this dynamic process and look forward to continued collaboration through Stage 2,” said Mr. Downes. The broad-based commitment to a high-quality higher education system is critical to the state’s economic competitiveness and well-being.”
With the adoption of the plan today, initial implementation will get underway. At the same time, the Long-Range Plan Steering Committee will begin Stage 2 of the planning process, further developing performance measures and integrating recommendations regarding public research universities and economic development.
(Stage 1 of the plan, A Blueprint for Excellence,
is available, in Adobe PDF format, by clicking HERE.)
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PRINCIPAL STATE OBJECTIVES
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Last Updated:November 21, 2003