After today’s meeting of the Assembly Budget Committee focused on how the State can improve the quality and accessibility of higher education, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) released the following statement:
“There’s potential for endless conversations when it comes to higher education, particularly surrounding affordability. When talking about college, we must not forget important issues that may impact a smaller group of people, such as sexual assault survivors, homeless students, and those seeking specialized workforce training.
“In the #MeToo era, it’s absolutely critical that we ensure our college students feel safe and secure on campus. Awareness, support and prevention efforts will go far in building a sense of safety among students.
“Unfortunately, not every student has a place to call home. It’s heartbreaking to think that homeless students go to great lengths to find ways to pay for college, like grants and scholarships, only to have nowhere to go over breaks or holidays. We can do more to support these students.
“Finally, we need to give students more options for specialized training. In my home county of Burlington, for example, more skilled workers are needed to help preserve and maintain the beautiful Pinelands.
“I look forward to working with the Secretary of Higher Education to address these issues and more as we continue to improve our State’s higher education system.”