From College to University
Thomas Edison State College became Thomas Edison State University on Dec. 21, 2015.
Being known as a university more accurately describes the type of institution Thomas Edison is today, especially in the minds of prospective students, potential donors and the general public. It also reflects the success the school has had expanding graduate programs and its plans to develop new programs in the coming years.
Thomas Edison has evolved into a large, comprehensive institution with diverse academic offerings that serve a wide range of students and organizations – in New Jersey, throughout the country and around the world. A university is what Thomas Edison has become.
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University Status Timeline
Jan. 11, 2016
The institution announces its new name: Thomas Edison State University.
Dec. 11, 2015
The College's Board of Trustees approves changing the College's name to Thomas Edison State University, effective Dec. 21, 2015.
Dec. 1, 2015
New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks notifies the College that it is has been granted university status effective Dec. 21, 2015, when the amended regulations appear in the New Jersey Register.
Nov. 25, 2015
Proposed amended regulations by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education are approved by the New Jersey Governor's office and forwarded to the New Jersey Register for December 21, 2015 publication. The requirement that colleges seeking university status have a full-time faculty is no longer included in the approved amended regulations.
Nov. 23, 2015
Based on the review by the Academic Issues Committee, the New Jersey Presidents' Council recommends approval of the College's petition to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.
Nov. 6, 2015
The Academic Issues Committee of the New Jersey Presidents' Council reviews the College's petition and related documents.
Oct. 9, 2015
The College submits its response to the consultant's report to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.
Oct. 7, 2015
Consultants submit their report on the College's petition to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.
Sept. 29, 2015
Consultants and the director of the Office of Licensure from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education conduct a site visit at Thomas Edison State College's campus.
Sept. 8, 2015
College submits its petition for university status to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.
July 29, 2015
New Jersey Administrative Code Title 9A – Higher Education Regulations sunset.
May 1, 2015
First draft of the College's petition for university status is completed.
College appoints a Renaming Committee to plan and coordinate the logistics and operational changes of becoming a university.
Dec. 12, 2014
Thomas Edison State College's Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing College to begin the process of seeking university status.