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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21)
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July 30, 2020
Kean Measure Creating Student Advisory Commission for Higher Education Earns Senate Support

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean sponsors legislation establishing the Senate Higher Education Student Advisory Commission. The measure was approved today by the Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kean establishing the Senate Higher Education Student Advisory Commission cleared the Senate today. (

“College students will have more influence on higher education policy under the bill,” said Kean (R-21). “Students selected to the commission can share valuable insight into the challenges and concerns facing young scholars on college campuses in a rapidly changing world.”

The legislation (S-1236) would establish the 14-member advisory group to help determine direction and priorities of higher education in the state.

“By shining the light on some of the most critical needs, the task force will help influence public support and maximize opportunities and efficiencies within the system,” said Kean, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee. “Giving voice to students who are working tirelessly to earn their degrees, control expensive college debt, and prepare for their futures will help the Legislature better understand the evolving collegiate landscape.”

Under Kean’s bill, the commission will advise the secretary of higher education on system-wide matters, and provide annual reports to the higher education committees in the Senate and Assembly.

The commission will be comprised of student representatives from colleges and universities, including members from the state’s public research universities, county colleges, independent universities and proprietary degree-granting institutions.

Students interested in serving on the commission would submit an application to the secretary of higher education.

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