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New Jersey College Promise Action Network New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) Project Description: Since 2009, the project is a website and email-based advocacy program to educate and engage citizens supporting the New Jersey state colleges and universities on policy issues affecting public higher education, facilitate voluntary communication with their elected officials about policy priorities, and inform them of policy actions related to college access, affordability and capacity.The Network evolved from recommendations of NJ Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (NJASCU) NJ College Promise project (2008), with the input of top national and state advisors, on how to make our colleges a higher public priority, aligned with a public agenda.Currently, about 9,000 individuals have signed up with the Network.  The advocacy program is sophisticated, allowing extensive analysis of email messages sent to elected officials broken down by college, type of constituency and legislative district. The Network is supported by its own website, separate from the Association’s. The add-on cost for the system and special grassroots consulting is about $45,000 (first year) and $30,000 (successive years). Read more >>

Public Higher Education Works for New Hampshire—Collaborative Advocacy Initiative University System of New Hampshire Project Description: In summer the 2012 at the request of its Board of Trustees, the four University System of New Hampshire (USNH) members (University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College) began a more active collaboration in legislative advocacy aimed at restoration of a near 50% reduction in the state’s appropriation to the System for operating budgets and a continuation of support for capital projects. An associate vice chancellor for government affairs had previously managed legislative dealings primarily through the System’s central office. The new initiative, which formed a government and communications council, required each institution—working autonomously and collaboratively—to develop a robust network of supporters (alumni, donors, businesses, community leaders, etc.) to impact state funding and other legislation affecting the institutions. Read more >>