OUR COALITION HOLDS TRUE that when higher education is both an ecosystem for equality and an engine of economic opportunity for each and every student, they will persist and graduate with the competencies and commitments to contribute positively to a resilient democracy and to lead fulfilling lives.
The Engage NJ network of campuses located right across the state – public, private, 2-year, 4-year - is the perfect ecosystem for realizing public purpose pathways to and through college. This is doubly important in ensuring young people see the larger purpose and meaning to persist with their education.
AT THE HEART
OF ENGAGE NJ
THRIVER: Ciara Lyons, Drew University
TO THRIVE IN LIFE & WORK
All NJ graduates possess the competencies for 21st-century life and work that transform our democracy so that all people can be engaged, represented, and can lead fulfilling lives.
Engage NJ is a collaborative force in equipping and empowering campuses to foster competencies that advance democracy and enable students to thrive in 21st-century life and work.
Social Equity - We assume that everyone achieves equally when all barriers to opportunity are removed and when just policies and actions prevail
We advance democracy only when we act each day based on an unshakeable commitment to all people and all life
Competencies for life and work are interchangeable – the skills developed as a civically engaged student transfer to meaningful and successful work
We are inclusive and effective only when we collaborate
Success for us is gauged through the competencies demonstrated by students that lead to impact in communities
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE ENGAGE NJ THEORY OF CHANGE
Students graduate from New Jersey’s colleges and universities with demonstrated experience and competence in advancing democracy and thriving in 21st-century life and work.
By AY 2027, we will measure and demonstrate that a minimum of 5,000 students per year within the Engage NJ coalition have completed an educational and experiential pathway that enables them to advance democracy and develop transferable
competencies for life and work.
The success of Engage NJ will be measured by how campuses in NJ function as engaged institutions. The role of Engage NJ will be to bolster existing efforts and partnerships and fill resource or knowledge gaps, both to advance democracy and to ensure all higher ed students can graduate with the tools to succeed. Students will graduate with experiences in advancing democracy and with the capabilities of being successful in their lives and in their work. This is a 5-year journey of transformation, targeting 2027 as the year we achieve depth and scale.