ASSEMBLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 2380

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  MAY 15, 2014

 

      The Assembly Women and Children Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 2380.

      This bill establishes the “Council of Women in Higher Education.” The council would be located in the Department of State and consist of 38 members as follows: two women from each four-year public institution of higher education selected by the institution’s governing board; one woman from each independent institution of higher education selected by the institution’s governing board; and two women representing the county college sector selected by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

      The mission of the council would be to foster and promote the advancement of women and women’s issues within institutions of higher education throughout New Jersey. To accomplish this mission, the council would: review and make recommendations to the Secretary of Higher Education, the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, and the governing boards of institutions of higher education on existing programs focused on women’s issues, or on proposals for new programs; compile statistics on the number of women employed at institutions of higher education and the number of courses and programs on women’s issues offered at institutions of higher education; advance higher education opportunities for women, set goals, and study and make recommendations on deficiencies in the advancement of women and the availability of women’s programs at institutions of higher education; meet with local and State leaders to further the participation of women in local and State government; create outreach programs for elementary and high school students to foster their involvement in the study, promotion, and advancement of women’s issues; and participate in such other initiatives as the council deems advisable.

      Under the bill, the council would publish an annual report which would include a statement of the council’s: long-term goals and objectives related to the advancement of women and women’s issues within institutions of higher education in the State; and accomplishments, initiatives, and areas of study during the reporting period.