As the spring semester ends, and graduation celebrations abound, many of us are making dynamic plans for the future. That’s true at our agency, where our 18 staffers are busy launching exciting new projects that we expect will bear fruit for years to come. For example:
Anchor Institution Planning Meeting. On May 10, we are hosting a meeting for our colleges and universities located in our most challenged urban communities. In addition to planning a fall summit, the meeting will deepen the exploration underway to identify, develop and expand the significant resource these anchor institutions are for our urban centers.
This new network of anchor institutions can help support and promote transformative, systemic and sustainable progress to enhance the communities and lives of our citizens.
STEM Pathways Network. On June 2, we are convening more than 50 experts to discuss how New Jersey can improve the delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the K-12 grades so that more students - particularly women and underserved minorities - are prepared for post-secondary education and STEM-related careers.
Master Plan for Higher Education. Our new master plan for higher education—”Accelerating Excellence and Equity”—will be released later this spring. We expect that it will spark a robust discussion and inform the final version of the plan on the best way to move forward, together, to meet current and future challenges and opportunities, positioning New Jersey’s higher education institutions and the State to excel in a global context.
That’s our agenda for the next few weeks. Have a safe and productive summer, and we will be back with another e-letter in the fall.