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  • NJ A1668
  • Establishes New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(12/5/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
Passed
(12/19/2016)
Signed
(2/10/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships in, but not of, the Department of State. The commission will be comprised of: the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, the Secretary of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Authority, 10 members appointed by the Governor, and four members of the public appointed by the leaders of the Senate and General Assembly. The 10 members appointed by the Governor include: the president of a public research university, a representative of a public or independent college or university located in the State that is actively engaged in business partnerships, a representative of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, a representative of the New Jersey Technical Council, a representative of BioNJ, a representative of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, a representative of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, a representative of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, and a representative of the New Jersey Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The four members of the public will have backgrounds in higher education, public-private partnerships, private sector innovation, or a combination of those experiences. The President of the Senate, Speaker of the General Assembly, Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the General Assembly will each appoint one of these members. Under the bill, the commission will focus on higher education and business partnerships. The commission will: · Explore how to best foster innovation in the State through public-private partnerships in higher education; · Stimulate academic-industrial collaboration through such mechanisms as business incubation facilities and clinical research and clinical trials; · Identify and support research opportunities at New Jersey academic institutions and other institutions that can advance economic development and employment; · Facilitate collaborations between businesses and institutions of higher education, with a greater emphasis on research and development in the pharmaceutical, biosciences, biotechnology, information technology, and telecommunications industries; · Identify and support opportunities for partnerships between institutions of higher education and pharmaceutical, biosciences, and biotechnology companies that can accelerate the commercialization of new therapies, drugs, and technologies; · Identify strategies to significantly increase the number of clinical trials conducted by public and independent institutions of higher education in the State; · Identify the workforce and economic development needs of the State and strategies for meeting those needs; and · Study the current roles of the four-year public and independent institutions of higher education, the county colleges, and the county vocational school districts in meeting and advancing the workforce and economic development needs of the State, and make recommendations on improving the role of each of these sectors in advancing these needs; The bill also directs the executive director of the commission to serve as the Higher Education-Business Partnership Ombudsman. A business that seeks to form a partnership with an institution of higher education may collaborate and work with the ombudsman in the establishment of that partnership. The ombudsman will: · Assist business and industry in making the appropriate contacts at the institutions of higher education that may be necessary to foster a partnership; · Make available to business and industry information on research efforts, either planned or in progress, at institutions of higher education that may be applicable to the work of that business or industry and may foster its interest in establishing a collaboration or partnership with the institution; · Collaborate with institutions of higher education in the establishment of strategies that an institution might implement to inform business and industry of the expertise and achievements of the institution's faculty and research staff applicable to the business or industry's area of interest; · Conduct annual outreach efforts to pharmaceutical companies to assess the interest of those companies in establishing clinical trials at institutions of higher education in the State; · Determine the specific reasons for any lack of interest in conducting clinical trials at institutions of higher education and then work with the institutions to implement actions that address the concerns and issues raised; and · Annually assess the success of institutions of higher education in meeting the research and development needs of business and industry.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.17.  (on 2/10/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/10/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.17.
12/19/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (37-0)
12/19/2016 S Substituted for S354 (1R)
12/5/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
12/5/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 12/5/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
9/29/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
9/29/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
9/29/2016 Senate Higher Education Hearing (10:00 9/29/2016 Committee Room 7, 2nd Floor)
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (68-4-7)
5/26/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (McKeon)
5/12/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/12/2016 Assembly Higher Education Hearing (10:00 5/12/2016 Committee Room 15, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/19/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 12/19/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S354 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 12/5/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 9/29/2016 Senate Higher Eduction Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 1
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 68 4 8
Detail 5/12/2016 Assembly Higher Education Committee: Reported with Amendments 8 0 1