POLICY BRIEF: Spurring Innovation in New Jersey County Colleges through a Tuition-Free Pilot Program
Economic trends are driving the rising value of higher education in New Jersey and most residents will need a postsecondary certification or degree to get ahead. College Promise programs can help increase social, economic, and civic mobility by making higher education accessible and affordable. This spring, New Jersey will be piloting the state’s first tuition-free college program, known as the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG).
The CCOG Program will be piloted at 13 county colleges across New Jersey, which were selected through a competitive community college innovation challenge during the summer of 2018. The pilot is a key component of a larger state-wide learning community that is developing best practices for student success and building capacity for support services as New Jersey looks to expand the program in the future.
Download this policy brief to learn more about the design and implementation of the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant.
Author: Dr. Stefani Thachik, Director of Policy and Outreach for the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, NJ
Dr. Stefani Thachik serves as the Director of Policy and Outreach for the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education in New Jersey. Her main roles include assisting in the development, communication, and implementation of policy and programmatic initiatives benefiting students within the state.
Prior to this role, Stefani worked in academic and students affairs for ten years with a focus on leadership, career development, and student success. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, her M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Clemson University, and her B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University.