On May 7, 2010, Governor Christie created a New Jersey Higher Education Task Force, Chaired by Governor Kean, charged with making recommendations regarding the State’s higher education system. Yesterday afternoon Governor Christie released the Task Force Report, which is a thoughtful look at issues affecting higher education in New Jersey, and many throughout the US for that matter, from university governance, to mission, to financing as well as a number of specific recommendations concerning Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The Report acknowledges NJIT’s unique role as the State’s “only public institution devoted primarily to advanced instruction and research in applied science and technology.” NJIT’s Center for Information Age Technology, which was established in 1983 as one of the first Governor’s Office Challenge Grant Programs and has assisted a variety of New Jersey organizations address their information technology issues and needs, was also recognized as a successful example of how targeted investments in higher education can result in meaningful outcomes for the State.
All in all, the report makes some seventy recommendations, including a recommendation to establish an expert panel to consider aspects of transforming medical education in the State. The Report can be found in its entirety at http://www.njit.edu/president/docs/2011/2011-01-05-higher-ed-taskforce-report.pdf.
As you review the report, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. We will monitor implementation of the recommendations as actions are taken and keep you informed.