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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 October 5, 2005
Contact: Paul R. Shelly or Darryl G. Greer, (609) 989-1100

PUBLIC FAVORS $ 2-3 B HIGHER EDUCATION BOND MEASURE THAT
STATE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY LEADERS SAY IS URGENTLY NEEDED TO
PROVIDE COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY

Dr. Darryl G. Greer, head of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and
Universities (ASCU) said today that a major bond issue for higher education facilities is
imperative and that failure to get one approved on the November 2006 ballot means the
state will fail to expand college opportunity for middle class New Jerseyans at the time
it’s most urgently needed.

Moreover, ASCU leaders say, voters will approve the facilities measure if it clearly helps
state colleges and universities enroll more students, keep tuition affordable and stem the
“brain drain,” basing this conclusion on two polls, including one released by ASCU
today.

The polls were conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates in July 2005 and
September 2005. The most recent poll included 770 adults who said they expected to
vote in the November election, interviewed by telephone between Sept 21 and Sept. 26.
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.5% at the 95% confidence level.

When asked whether they favored a higher education facilities bond measure to expand
college opportunity, a majority of likely voters said they did: 58% were favorable when
asked about a $2 billion issue and 56% were favorable when asked about a $2.5 billion
issue in the September poll. In the July poll, favorability toward a bond was 75% when
voters were not asked to respond to a specific amount.

When asked if a vote were held next November, in 2006, on a $2.5 billion bond, 50%
said they would vote yes, with 38% against and 13% undecided. The answers were
virtually identical when voters were asked about a $2 billion bond. In the July poll, 59%
of voters said yes to a $3 billion bond issue, with identical results regarding a $2 billion
bond.

Six different polls the Association has sponsored since 1999 indicate broad, consistent
support among citizens for an investment that would increase college opportunity, Greer
said. “In addition to individual opportunity, voters also see higher education investment
tied to state workforce, research and economic development needs.”




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The recent poll also found that, compared to other important initiatives like transportation
and stem cell research, higher education is a high priority with citizens. Education,
overall, was the highest priority.

The September poll also found that likely voters favor a dedicated revenue source for
higher education when told that transportation and the public schools have their own
dedicated revenue sources.

Candidates see need. Both major candidates for governor, Jon Corzine and Doug
Forrester, have acknowledged that steps should be taken to address the compelling
facilities needs of New Jersey’s colleges and universities, including expansion to meet
demand and modernization. In recent appearances before a September 19 forum of the
state’s college and university presidents, both major gubernatorial candidates have
indicated that higher education is a top agenda priority and closely tied to economic and
workforce development. To go forth, a higher education bond measure would require
action by the legislature by next summer to place a referendum on the 2006 ballot.

Higher education as a priority. The poll also looked at likely voter support for other
types of bond issues in the public eye including public schools, transportation and stem
cell research. A bond issue for public schools, in a head-to-head comparison with college
opportunity, came out well ahead 53% vs.14% (with an additional 18% saying ‘both”).
However, in comparisons with transportation improvements and stem cell research,
voters chose college opportunity as their priority: 43% vs. 30% for transportation (with
an additional 16% saying both) and 53% vs. 19% for stem cell research (with an
additional 12% saying both).

When asked how good an investment higher education is compared to other areas the
state might bond for, three out of four respondents (74%) said it was a good investment
including 10% who said it was “probably the single best investment.” Less than one in
five said it was not a good investment.

“The poll results illustrate the public’s view that investment in higher education as money
well spent,” Dr. Barbara Gitenstein, President of The College of New Jersey said today.
“Funding for higher education positively impacts the state’s economy in many ways.
Colleges provide the training necessary to develop a highly skilled labor force, which can
be a catalyst for business and economic growth. If we can offer more opportunities to
New Jersey students and keep our brightest from leaving the state, the impact will be
significant.”

$5 billion need. Higher education leaders have estimated that the total need across all
New Jersey colleges and universities is in excess of $5 billion. A bond issue for one-half
of that amount would cover high priorities, increasing enrollment capacity and helping
reduce facilities costs, which in turn affect tuition and fees.

Dr. Susan Cole, president of Montclair State University, said today "It is again crystal
clear that NJ families understand that lagging state investment in higher education has



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thrown a larger burden of costs on students and their parents. It is impressive that, even
before any educational campaign for a bond has been undertaken, at least one-half of
likely voters say they would vote for a $2 billion or even a $2.5 billion higher education
bond in 2006."

Dr. Donald Farish, president of Rowan University, said today “The poll results tell state
policy makers and higher education leaders quite a bit about the public’s priorities. It’s
clear that voters want the state to make more places for students, stem the brain drain of
talented high school graduates, and help keep college tuition affordable. The bond could
help do that.”

Dedicated funding for higher education makes sense to voters. The opinion research
probed voters about their support for a dedicated funding source for higher education.
When it was clarified that transportation and the public schools have such revenue
sources and that higher education does not, a majority said they favored creating such a
funding stream.

Trustees expected to manage funds well. The September study also confirms findings
of the July 2005 poll concerning public trust for investing money to generate college
opportunity. Likely voters are prone to trust non-partisan boards of trustees over state
government by more than 5:1. Both major gubernatorial candidates have affirmed the
importance of institutional governance by non-partisan boards of trustees.



For information on the July 2005 ASCU poll go to:
http://www.njascu.org/news_&_opinions.htm
Attached or available on request: September poll results

Contact information, college/university relations offices
The College of New Jersey     609.771.3070
Montclair State University 973.655.4225
Rowan University       856.256.4240




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                          NJASCU – 2005 Statewide Survey
                                Top-line agenda
                                 October 4, 2005

Methodology

From September 20th, 2005 to September 26th, 2005, Penn, Schoen & Berland
Associates conducted 770 telephone interviews with likely voters in New Jersey. The
overall margin of error is +/- 3.5% at the 95% confidence level and higher for subgroups.

Mood of the Electorate


 In general, would you say that things in New Jersey are headed in the         Overall
 right direction or are they off on the wrong track?                            (%)
 Right direction                                                                 31
 Wrong track                                                                     50
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                          19


 In your opinion, what would you say is the most important issue               Overall
 facing New Jersey today? OPEN ENDED                                            (%)
 Property Taxes                                                                  37
 Corruption in state government                                                  11
 Education                                                                       8
 Economy                                                                         7
 Healthcare                                                                      4
 Unemployment                                                                    2
 State budget deficit                                                            2
 Crime                                                                           1
 Drugs                                                                           1
 Illegal immigration                                                             1
 War on Iraq                                                                     1
 Terrorism                                                                       1
 Homeland Security                                                               1
 Car insurance                                                                   1
 Pollution, environmental issues                                                 1
 Transportation, fixing roads, highways and bridges                               *
 Other (SPECIFY) VOL                                                             6
 Don’t know VOL                                                                  4




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Investment Priorities


 In your opinion, which of the following is the most important area for        Overall
 the state to be investing more public resources?                               (%)
 Provide more college opportunity for in-state students at New Jersey state
                                                                                 42
 colleges and universities
 Start a state-funded stem cell research program                                 14
 Improve the state’s transportation infrastructure                               37
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                          7


Messaging on behalf of college opportunity


 I am going to read you several statements concerning higher
 education in New Jersey. After each one, please tell me if you
 strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly
                                                                               Overall
 disagree with that statement.
                                                                                (%)
                                Strongly agree
                         Total agree / Total disagree
 We need more higher education opportunity for students from low- and
 middle income families so that they can attend affordable state colleges        64
 and universities of their choice, because college is the way to better jobs    88/11
 and better lives.
 We need to provide top-notch academic facilities and modern technology
                                                                                 54
 to attract and educate more of New Jersey’s best students and stop the         84/11
 “brain drain.”
 We need to expand, improve, and enhance the state’s colleges and
                                                                                 51
 universities to create new jobs, new businesses, and improve New               85/13
 Jersey’s economy. This is a win-win situation for the people of this state.
 We are losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year because New Jersey’s
 lack of seats at state colleges and universities forces too many of our         45
 students to attend out-of-state schools. We need to keep more of New           71/20
 Jersey’s high school graduates in-state.
 More students than ever want to attend college in New Jersey, but there is
 not enough room for them all. We need to grow the capacity of state             45
 colleges and universities so that New Jersey residents will have a greater     76/19
 chance of getting admitted to one of them.
 Many New Jersey students who leave the state to attend college never
 come back. We need to expand, improve and enhance New Jersey’s                  43
 state colleges and universities to assure an educated workforce and avoid      70/23
 predicted labor shortages.
 We need to expand and increase the biomedical and other practical               39
 research capabilities of New Jersey colleges and universities.                 79/14
 We need to provide more residence halls at our state colleges and               37
 universities so more students can have a campus living experience.             74/20




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$ 2 Billion Bond: one half heard 2 billion bond and related questions


 Would you be very favorable, somewhat favorable, not very favorable
 or not at all favorable to a 2 billion dollar higher education facilities
                                                                             Overall
 bond issue to expand the number of places for students, build more
                                                                              (%)
 classrooms and labs, and improve education at New Jersey colleges
 and universities?
 Total favorable                                                               58
 Total not favorable                                                           35
 Very favorable                                                                28
 Somewhat favorable                                                            30
 Not very favorable                                                            16
 Not at all favorable                                                          19
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                         8


 If a vote was held next year, in 2006, on a 2 billion dollar bond issue
 to expand the number of places for students, build more classrooms          Overall
 and labs, and improve education at New Jersey colleges and                   (%)
 universities, would you vote in favor or against this bond issue?
 In favor                                                                      50
 Against                                                                       37
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                        13


 A 2 billion dollar bond means that the state would be required to
 commit $150 million a year to pay off the bond. Knowing this, are           Overall
 you much more likely, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely,            (%)
 or much less likely to support the bond issue?
 Total more likely                                                             37
 Total less likely                                                             53
 Much more likely                                                              16
 Somewhat more likely                                                          21
 Somewhat less likely                                                          23
 Much less likely                                                              30
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                        10


 If the state’s voters were to pass a 2 billion dollar bond should it be
                                                                             Overall
 spent on providing more college opportunity or on conducting stem
                                                                              (%)
 cell research?
 College opportunity                                                           50
 Stem cell research                                                            21
 Neither VOL                                                                    5
 Both VOL                                                                      11
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                        12




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If the state’s voters were to pass a 2 billion dollar bond should it be
                                                                          Overall
spent to create college opportunity or to put more money into local
                                                                           (%)
public schools?
College opportunity                                                         14
Public schools                                                              53
Neither VOL                                                                  3
Both VOL                                                                    18
Don’t know/refused VOL                                                      12


There is already dedicated funding to rebuild New Jersey’s public
schools. There is no similar, dedicated source for state colleges and     Overall
universities. Knowing this, do you support the creation of a               (%)
dedicated funding source for state colleges and universities?
Yes                                                                         62
No                                                                          28
Don’t know/refused VOL                                                      10


If the state’s voters were to pass a 2 billion dollar bond should it be
                                                                          Overall
spent to create college opportunity or to make transportation
                                                                           (%)
improvements?
College opportunity                                                         43
Transportation improvements                                                 30
Neither VOL                                                                  4
Both VOL                                                                    16
Don’t know/refused VOL                                                       6


There is already dedicated funding for New Jersey’s roads and
bridges through gasoline taxes. There is no dedicated source for
                                                                          Overall
state colleges and universities. Knowing this, do you think that there
                                                                           (%)
should be a dedicated revenue source for state colleges and
universities?
Yes                                                                         54
No                                                                          37
Don’t know/refused VOL                                                       9




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$2.5 Billion Bond: other half heard 2.5 billion bond and related questions


 Would you be very favorable, somewhat favorable, not very favorable
 or not at all favorable to a 2.5 billion dollar higher education facilities
                                                                               Overall
 bond issue to expand the number of places for students, build more
                                                                                (%)
 classrooms and labs, and improve education at New Jersey colleges
 and universities?
 Total favorable                                                                 56
 Total not favorable                                                             37
 Very favorable                                                                  27
 Somewhat favorable                                                              29
 Not very favorable                                                              17
 Not at all favorable                                                            20
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                           7


 If a vote was held next year, in 2006, on a 2.5 billion dollar bond issue
 to expand the number of places for students, build more classrooms            Overall
 and labs, and improve education at New Jersey colleges and                     (%)
 universities, would you vote – in favor or against this bond issue?
 In favor                                                                        50
 Against                                                                         38
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                          13


 A 2.5 billion dollar bond means that the state would be required to
 commit $175 million a year to pay off the bond. Knowing this, are             Overall
 you much more likely, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely,              (%)
 or much less likely to support the bond issue?
 Total more likely                                                               41
 Total less likely                                                               51
 Much more likely                                                                17
 Somewhat more likely                                                            24
 Somewhat less likely                                                            16
 Much less likely                                                                35
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                           8


 If the state’s voters were to pass a 2.5 billion dollar bond should it be
                                                                               Overall
 spent on providing more college opportunity or on conducting stem
                                                                                (%)
 cell research?
 College opportunity                                                             53
 Stem cell research                                                              19
 Neither VOL                                                                      8
 Both VOL                                                                        12
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                           8




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If the state’s voters were to pass a 2.5 billion dollar bond should it be
                                                                            Overall
spent to create college opportunity or to put more money into local
                                                                             (%)
public schools?
College opportunity                                                           18
Public schools                                                                55
Neither VOL                                                                    8
Both VOL                                                                      13
Don’t know/refused VOL                                                         7


There is already dedicated funding to rebuild New Jersey’s public
schools. There is no similar, dedicated source for state colleges and       Overall
universities. Knowing this, do you support the creation of a                 (%)
dedicated funding source for state colleges and universities?
Yes                                                                           58
No                                                                            24
Don’t know/refused VOL                                                        18


If the state’s voters were to pass a 2.5 billion dollar bond should it be
                                                                            Overall
spent to create college opportunity or to make transportation
                                                                             (%)
improvements?
College opportunity                                                           48
Transportation improvements                                                   28
Neither VOL                                                                    7
Both VOL                                                                      12
Don’t know/refused VOL                                                         6


There is already dedicated funding for New Jersey’s roads and
bridges through gasoline taxes. There is no dedicated source for
                                                                            Overall
state colleges and universities. Knowing this, do you think that there
                                                                             (%)
should be a dedicated revenue source for state colleges and
universities?
Yes                                                                           57
No                                                                            31
Don’t know/refused VOL                                                        12




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Other Bond Questions

 Speaking generally, when you think about all the things on which the
                                                                              Overall
 state could invest in with a bond issue, would you consider college
                                                                               (%)
 opportunity and affordability to be…
 Total good                                                                     74
 Total not good                                                                 19
 Probably the single best investment                                            10
 A good investment                                                              64
 Not a good investment                                                          11
 A very poor investment                                                          8
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                          7


 If the state was going to invest more money in college opportunity
 through a higher education bond, which of the following would you            Overall
 trust the most to make sure money will be spent wisely and without            (%)
 waste?
 Trust the governor and legislature to decide how to best use the funds         12
 Trust non-partisan boards of trustees of each institution to decide how to
 best use the funds                                                             68
 Don’t know/refused VOL                                                         20




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