"Doing more with less" is a recurring theme these days for families and businesses. It's also true for New Jersey's state colleges and universities. Step one is figuring out what you're spending in the first place. In the case of the state colleges, their workers compensation costs are a surprisingly large expense. Fortunately, the governor and the legislature are offering the institutions the authority to help themselves, while preserving and perhaps enhancing their workers' safety.
Between fiscal year 2000 and fiscal year 2009, the state colleges and universities' workers compensation claims increased over 145%, from $1.5 million to $3.7 million. These nine institutions are currently part of the State government's system that covers all State employees, and state colleges and universities think they can do better. In the face of significant appropriations cuts and tuition caps over the past several years, they have a great incentive to reduce these costs.