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  • NJ A4969
  • Establishes Montclair State University as public research university.
In Committee
Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes Montclair State University as a public research university along with Rutgers, The State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rowan University. Currently, Montclair State University is one of eight State colleges organized pursuant to chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. Under this bill, the current board of trustees of Montclair State University is continued. The board of trustees is given authority similar to that of the boards of the other public research universities in the State. In the past 15 years Montclair State University has worked strategically and aggressively to grow its enrollment, faculty, and facilities, and that growth has enabled it to expand its educational programs and research initiatives. Effective March, 2016, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education officially changed the programmatic mission of the institution to a doctoral degree-granting institution. Another significant development occurred, effective February, 2016, when the national Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which is the widely recognized classification of United States institutions of higher education, recognized Montclair State University as a Research Doctoral University, based on the substantial growth at the university in doctoral-level education and research activity. Montclair State University, Rutgers, the State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rowan University are all now designated as Research Doctoral Universities; however of these institutions only Montclair State University has not been recognized by the State of New Jersey as a public research university. In light of the Montclair State University's actual and successful transformation to a Research Doctoral University, it is appropriate for the State at this time to designate the university as a public research university.
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.178.  (on 7/21/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.178.
7/4/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (35-0)
7/4/2017 S Substituted for S3281 (1R)
6/26/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/26/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/26/2017 * Revised 6/26/17 - S-4, S-1285, S-3095 / A-4673, S-3299 and S-3)
6/26/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/26/2017 S-18 (Sarlo) (pending intro and referral) Appropriates State and)
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-0)
6/19/2017 Assembly Higher Education Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 )
6/19/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/12/2017 Assembly Higher Education Hearing (19:00 6/12/2017 The committee will receive an update from invited guests on the )
6/8/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 7/4/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S3281 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 7/4/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 35 0 5
Detail 6/26/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 6/19/2017 Assembly Higher Education Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 3