ASSEMBLY PANEL TO DISCUSS IMPACT OF DECLINING STATE SUPPORT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

(TRENTON) – The Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday will hear testimony from invited guests on the impact of declining state support for institutions of higher education, specifically with regard to academics, facilities, faculty, research opportunities, student assistance and student enrollment.

“Whether it be cuts in direct aid to colleges or to student assistance such as tuition aid grants, the Equal Opportunity Fund or the NJ STARS scholarships, Gov. Christie’s budget plan has the potential to devastate our higher education community and puts the future of higher education in our state at risk,” said Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden), the committee’s chair.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee is scheduled to meet 10 a.m., Thursday, May 6 in Committee Room 15, State House Annex, West State Street, Trenton.

“We are at risk of losing federal aid, not having enough professors, not having first-class facilities and losing a generation of students,” Lampitt said. “We really need to examine this closely and find out what the impact of this declining support will be on this and future generations.”

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