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Colleges, Universities in NJ Urged to Make Strategic Plan

Higher education in Garden State is bedeviled by duplication, over-capacity, and ‘there’s really too much competition,’ professor says

New Jersey’s institutions of higher education urgently need a strategic plan, according to Peter Woolley, professor of comparative politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University and provost of its Florham campus. He said the state’s lack of such a plan is a problem, especially given that such plans exist in other states.

The 14 independent universities, along with the 11 state-sponsored four-year and 19 two-year institutions in the state, need urgently to coordinate their work because there is “duplication, there is over-capacity and there’s really too much competition,” Woolley said. “It’s inefficient given that this is a marketplace supported directly and indirectly by taxpayers,” he added. Woolley spoke about his proposal to Michael Aron, chief political correspondent of NJTV News.

Read the full story on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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