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ERIC Number: ED532624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2007 New Jersey ESL Program Survey Report
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
The State of New Jersey continues to grow as a home for thousands of immigrants from around the world. The number of foreign-born persons increased 25 percent in New Jersey from 967,000 in 1990 to 1,208,000 in 2000. According to data from the 2006 American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. Census Bureau, only two states, New York and California, have a greater percentage of foreign-born persons than New Jersey. The 2006 ACS data also indicated that New Jersey ranks sixth in the percentage of population age five and older who speak a language at home other than English. Based on the information available, the five counties with the highest percentage of non-native speakers between the ages of 18 and 64 who speak English not well or not at all are Hudson (18.1%), Passaic (16%), Union (9.2%), Essex (8.2%), and Bergen (5.4%). According to the New Jersey Department of Education for the 2007-2008, there were 279,366 language minority students enrolled in public K-12 schools. Of these students, approximately 22 percent (61,904) are classified as limited English proficient (LEP). Since fall 1994, the Commission has collected data on the enrollment of and services provided to English as a Second Language (ESL) students by New Jersey postsecondary institutions. In this way, the Commission ensures that trends in postsecondary ESL education are shared across the state. To that end in fall 2007, the Commission sent a survey to all senior public institutions, community colleges, and independent institutions in the state. Of the 47 campuses surveyed 41 responded for an overall response rate of 87 percent. This report of the ESL survey results provides information as self-reported by participating New Jersey institutions. The respondents who provided this information ranged from ESL program directors and coordinators to institutional research staff. For the purpose of this survey, an ESL student is defined as a language minority student who is a citizen or permanent U.S. resident and is enrolled or plans to enroll in academic credit-bearing course work leading to a degree or certificate. Appended are: (1) Ability to Speak English (2006); (2) 2007 New Jersey ESL Program Survey; (3) 2007 ESL Students and Instructors; and (4) Assessment Tools Used by Institutions. (Contains 1 footnote.)
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. 20 West State Street, P.O. Box 542, Trenton, NJ 08625-0542. Tel: 609-292-4310; Fax: 609-292-7225; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey