Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis embarked on a the Garden State Graduation Tour in spring 2019 to promote the State Plan for Higher Education and the Governor’s budget investments in higher education. The tour consisted of a series of campus visits and events focused around college affordability and student success. Affordability and success are key themes of the higher education plan, “Where Opportunity Meets Innovation: A Student-Centered Vision for New Jersey Higher Education.”
Secretary Smith Ellis visited campuses across the state to lead conversations with students and other higher education stakeholders about strategies to make college more affordable, including the Community College Opportunity Grant program. The tour included roundtable discussions and question-and-answer sessions. The student-driven tour mirrored the student-centered approach of the state plan for higher education.