The New Jersey Presidents’ Council is a fifty member board representing New Jersey’s public, private, and community colleges and universities. The advisory board is made up of the presidents of the state’s public and independent institutions of higher education that receive state aid. The presidents of three proprietary schools and the presidents of the two largest religious institutions also serve to represent the interest of all such schools. The Council’s charge is to make recommendations for new programs, regional alliances, budget, student levels, licensure, and the statewide higher education master plan. Specific responsibilities, consistent with State and Federal law, include but are not limited to the following:

  1. To provide public information and research on higher education issues
  2. To review and make recommendations to the Commission on Higher Education (also created by the 1994 Higher Education Restructuring Act) concerning proposals for new programs that exceed the programmatic mission of an institution or that change the programmatic mission of an institution
  3. To review and comment on proposals for new programs that demand significant added resources or raise significant issues of duplication but do not exceed the programmatic mission of the institution or require a change in the programmatic mission
  4. To encourage the formation of regional or other alliances among institutions including inter-institutional transfers, program articulation, cooperative programs and shared resources. The Council shall also keep institutions apprised of the discontinuance of programs at other institutions and each president shall notify the Council of any such action
  5. To advise and assist the Commission in developing and updating a plan for higher education in the State including, but not limited to, the establishment of new institutions, closure of existing institutions and consolidation of institutions
  6. To provide policy recommendations on statewide higher education issues
  7. To recommend to the Governor, Legislature and Commission on policy and overall levels of funding for student aid programs necessary to ensure accessibility to higher education
  8. To transmit to the Governor, Legislature and Commission a general budget policy statement regarding overall State funding levels
  9. To provide recommendations, upon referral from the Commission, concerning institutional licensure and university status
  10. To appoint subcommittees consisting of the presidents of the institutions of the various higher education sectors to decide matters, within the authority of the Council. The presidents of the independent institutions shall develop a unified request for State support under chapter 72B of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. The presidents of the county college sector shall develop a unified request for State support under chapter 64A of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes and
  11. To consult with other institutions of higher education which do not receive direct State aid when actions of the Council directly affect such institutions.