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|The Thomas Edison State College board of trustees has authorized the
college to take the necessary steps to gain university status.
A sign outside the construction area of the college's new Nursing
Education Center next door to the administrative offices of Thomas
Edison State College at Kuser Mansion on West State Street|
The resolution approved by the board Dec. 12 requests approval from the state Secretary of Higher Education to change its name to Thomas Edison State University in 2015.
“So much has changed both in higher education and here at Thomas Edison State College since our school was established more than 40 years ago," TESC President George Pruitt said.
Pruitt said TESC has been considering making a formal application for several years. The institution, which offers college degrees for adults, already offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which are required to obtain the designation.
"We fit that bill now and that is why we thought we should have a name that reflected that," Pruitt said.
The college serves more than 21,000 students from all 50 states and internationally, through online and distance learning and on their Trenton campus, according to information provided by TESC. The institution also offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 100 areas of study, including 10 master's degree programs and 12 graduate certificates. TESC has built a large nursing program, which will be housed in a new building that is being constructed on its campus in downtown Trenton.