New Jersey might be small in size, but it is big on education. The Garden State is home to more than 150 colleges and universities that offer undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Several of these institutions are online colleges or brick-and-mortar universities that offer online degrees to students living in and outside of New Jersey. The former governing agency that managed New Jersey’s higher education system was the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. In 2011, all of its responsibilities, duties, and authorities were transferred to the Secretary of Higher Education, who now serves as an advocate for higher education.
New Jersey has long been committed to providing outstanding financial assistance to needy students year after year. In an effort to increase college enrollment and ensure college completion, the state of New Jersey has implemented a number of old and new state-administered grant programs, including the dual enrollment incentive grant and the precollege program, Aim High Academy. Another state goal is to increase access to higher education, including the creation of more distance education courses and online degrees that can be obtained from either online or brick-and-mortar institutions. Berkeley College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Monmouth University, and Rutgers University are just a few New Jersey institutions that offer online courses or degrees to students near and far.
Even some of the most prestigious and selective universities in New Jersey provide distance education. New Jersey’s famous Ivy League institution, Princeton University, has joined Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and several other schools in using Coursera, a new educational platform that offers free online courses to anyone, anywhere. Coursera provides an interactive learning experience that includes video lectures, quizzes, peer-graded essays, and more. The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a member of the worldwide OpenCourseWare Consortium, which offers free access to courses and educational materials straight from the classroom to your computer. Online learners at NJIT can take classes in everything from calculus and accounting to documentary studies and circuit measurements. Whether you’re a self-learner who likes a challenge or a working professional looking for additional schooling, these free courses and online degree programs will help you achieve your educational goals in no time.
The State of New Jersey reports its key industries as bio/pharmaceuticals and life sciences, transportation, logistics, and distribution, finance, advanced manufacturing, health care, leisure and hospitality, and green economy. New Jersey reports that of its bio/pharmaceuticals and life sciences employees, 33.1% hold a bachelor’s degree, 23% hold a master’s degree, and 8.2% hold a doctoral degree. The Division of Travel and Tourism in New Jersey reports tourism as the state’s third largest industry. Health care in New Jersey is one of its fastest growing industries, adding jobs every year from 1990 to 2010. Inc. reports New Jersey’s Top Companies in 2012 as WebiMax — an online marketing services firm, Vitals?an online health care firm, CardCash.com?a gift card reseller, Wall Street Network Solutions, and Choice Home Warranty.