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).