The following is an executive summary to A Science and Technology Research University for the 21st Century, the self-study prepared by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) community for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The executive summary offers highlights of the self-study and describes the process used to produce this final report.
NJIT is a mission-driven institution. As New Jersey’s science and technology research university now in its 131st year, NJIT has played an important role in the state, region, and nation in its pursuit of education, research, economic development, and service. During the era of industrialization in American post-secondary education, Newark Technical School was founded (1881), degree granting authority was granted (1923), and the school’s name was changed to Newark College of Engineering (1930). In an era of expansion, the university was transformed to augment its research mission and was renamed New Jersey Institute of Technology (1975).