2014 brought changes in higher education to N.J.

By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer

Stockton College made clear it had no plan to stop its explosive growth with the high-profile purchase of the shuttered Showboat Atlantic City, which will house a campus in the resort. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

With New Jersey continuing its notorious “brain drain” export of more than 30,000 college students every year, much of the focus in higher education in 2014 remained on expansion: breaking ground on new academic buildings, increasing housing options at the state’s public colleges, and offering new ways to obtain degrees. There also were leadership changes, a new name for one community college and – of course – political battles.