Higher Education

NJEA is committed to protecting the interests of our members in higher education. NJEA supports local associations' efforts to negotiate for improvements in salary, fringe benefits, and working conditions. The safeguarding of academic freedom, tenure, the retirement system, and the School Employees' Health Benefits Program are a major function of NJEA's Higher Education program.

Take Action

Ask your legislators to support funding for county colleges and their students

The proposed 2017 State Budget once again provides only flat-funding for county colleges, even as the Christie Administration bemoans the fact that college-aged residents are leaving the state, primarily to attend more affordable colleges and universities.

Higher education funding should be a priority for our state, yet operating aid for public higher education institutions, including county colleges, is flat-funded in the proposed budget.

Please contact your legislators and ask them to:

  • Increase state aid for county colleges in the in the FY2017 State Budget;
  • Support increased funding of the county college building and renovation fund;
  • Support increased funding of NJ STARS; and
  • Support significant increases to student financial aid programs for county college students.

NJEA Higher Education Local Leader Development Institute

You are invited to self-nominate, or with their permission nominate a colleague, to be part of the first class of the NJEA Higher Education Local Leadership Development Institute (LLDI). The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016. Current and aspiring local leaders will receive extensive training on what leadership is, where their personal strengths are, and how to apply the most effective skills and techniques that can make them and their local associations successful.  Learn more