Riley Continues Statewide Hearings on Higher Education Reform Bills at Rowan University

(GLASSBORO) – Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) released the following statement Wednesday following the second of three hearings on a comprehensive package of bills she’s sponsoring designed to make college in New Jersey more affordable and attainable. The hearing was held at Rowan University:

“These hearings have been enormously informative and beneficial in terms of gaining the perspective of both students and faculty from throughout the state, what’s working and what’s not, and what’s needed to help make higher education a reality for everyone.
“Rowan’s President was very helpful in enlightening us on a number of issues that we need to focus on in order to make sure New Jersey students are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive global economy.
“Chief among these issues is the need to place a far greater emphasis on technology, both its role in helping students while they’re in school and also preparing students to work in technology fields upon graduation.
“One thing that we have all agreed upon so far is that fixing the issues we have with higher education is key to fixing the broader problems with our economy.”