$30M going to NJ colleges, universities to address COVID impacts
Thirty-five colleges and universities in New Jersey are sharing close to $30 million in federal funding that's meant to address the coronavirus pandemic's impact on postsecondary education.
Most of the funding, $28.5 million, is headed to institutions of higher education that applied for the competitive grant program "Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge."
The new initiative will help schools implement best practices and develop reforms that focus on students who are historically disadvantaged and were among the hardest hit by the pandemic, such as low-income students, working-age adults, and underrepresented minorities, Governor Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Brian Bridges announced Monday.
"Through this critical federal funding, New Jersey is prioritizing students' needs and ensuring our workforce will be ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow's post-pandemic recovery," Bridges said. "We appreciate that institutions are committing to this challenge and look forward to learning from the innovative best practices implemented, as we strive to meet the state's goal of 65% of residents earning a high-quality credential by 2025."
According to the announcement, institutions will be embarking on projects including expanding dual enrollment programs and implementing free-of-cost bridge programs serving first-generation and Pell-eligible students.
A breakdown of the OMIC grant funding is below, courtesy of the Governor's Office.
The remaining $1 million will target the goals of the Hunger-Free Campus Act signed by Murphy in 2019 that establishes a grant program to address food insecurity among students enrolled at public institutions.
Montclair State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Rutgers, New Brunswick
New Jersey City University
Ramapo College of NJ
The College of New Jersey
Thomas Edison State University
William Paterson University
Atlantic Cape Community College
Bergen Community College
Brookdale Community College
Camden County College
Essex County College
Hudson County Community College
Mercer County Community College
Passaic County Community College
Raritan Valley Community College
Rowan College at Burlington County
Salem Community College
Union County College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Georgian Court University
Saint Elizabeth University
Saint Peter's University
Seton Hall University
Stevens Institute of Technology