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History, Mission, and Purpose

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges was created by state statute (18A:64A-26) in 1989. The Council, a body corporate, operates under bylaws approved by its membership and has tax-exempt status under Section 501-C-3 of the IRS Code. The Council joins the leadership of trustees and presidents to strengthen and support New Jersey’s network of community colleges.

The mission of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges is to provide statewide leadership for the advancement of the eighteen community colleges of New Jersey, perform sector coordinating responsibilities as required by state law, and coordinate statewide efforts to improve student success.

More information can be found in our Bylaws.

The purpose of the Council is to engage in activities for the advancement of New Jersey’s Community Colleges, perform certain sector coordinating responsibilities as required by New Jersey and federal statutes, and coordinate statewide efforts for participating member colleges.

 

In order to achieve this purpose, the Council is empowered to work with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the Presidents’ Council and other groups to obtain adequate state and federal funding for community college operations and capital projects and to respond to academic policy matters that directly impact NJ’s Community Colleges. 

 

The Council authorizes its Collaboration/Operations and Learning Innovation Committees to engage in processes that will review all finance and academic policy issues impacting community colleges that will lead to a recommendation for action, such as:

 

  • the annual state budget request for state support of community colleges;

  • the formula for the allocation among the community colleges of annual appropriations made by the state to support community colleges;

  • the auditing and accounting standards and academic criteria for determining state support eligibility of courses offered by county colleges;

  • the allocation among the community colleges of capital funding provided by the state to support community colleges;

  • the annual review of Perkins-eligible degree programs for determining their conformance to specific parameters outlined by the Carl D. Perkins Act; and,

  • the annual review of credit courses for determining their conformance to specific parameters outlined in the General Education Foundation document.

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