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TCNJ’s Barbara Gitenstein Will Retire in June 2018, After 19 Years as President

 July 11, 2017

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) President R. Barbara Gitenstein, the first woman to serve as the school’s president, announced at the July 11 meeting of the college’s board of trustees that she will retire in June 2018 at the conclusion of the coming academic year.  It will mark the end of a nearly 20-year tenure, the third longest in the college’s 162-year history.  She is the first woman to serve as president.


“This was not a decision I arrived at easily, but the timing is right for the institution, for my family and for me,” said Dr. Gitenstein, who assumed office on January 1, 19999.  “It has been the highlight of my professional career to have served as president of this extraordinary institution.”


“With deep respect and admiration, the board of trustees has accepted President Gitenstein’s intention to retire,” said Jorge Caballero, chair of the board.  “Under Dr. Gitenstein’s leadership, the college has continued to pursue a path of excellence ….”  Read more here.

Stockton Receives Additional 168 State-Funded Positions for Atlantic City Campus
July 7, 2017

The number of state-funded positions for FY 2018 for Stockton University increased from 764 to 932. The funding will cover pension and healthcare benefit costs for the additional 168 positions, allowing the university to hire faculty, security personnel and operational staff essential for the future Atlantic City campus.

“This represents the largest increase in our central appropriation in Stockton’s history and equates to an additional $4 million to our FY 2018 operating budget,” said President Harvey Kesselman.

Dr. Kesselman acknowledged Senator Whelan and Assemblyman Mazzeo, the primary sponsors of the Budget Resolution, and Senators Connors, Van Drew, and Beach and Assemblypersons Brown, Gove, Rumpf, and Singleton who all strongly supported Stockton’s increase. Significantly, Stockton received bi-partisan support from both northern and southern New Jersey legislators throughout this very difficult budget process.  Read more here.

Historic Kean University Celebrates Immigrants as They Make History as New Citizens
July 7, 2017

At historic Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, 33 new Americans made history of their own, taking their Oath of Allegiance at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ naturalization ceremony on Tuesday, June 20. The new citizens come from 18 countries across five continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

Kean President Dawood Farahi, PhD, welcomed the soon-to-be-American-citizens to the University, calling them “beautiful people from beautiful parts of the world” as he recalled his own story as a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan.

“I was sitting in the same seat as you are in 1976,” he said to warm applause. “You will never be disappointed in being an American.”

John Kean, the president of Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, gave a brief overview of the history of the mansion, the 245-year-old home of New Jersey’s first-elected governor William Livingston. He noted that several presidents, including George Washington on his way to his first inauguration in New York City, visited Liberty Hall.  Read more here.

Dr. Henry Pruitt, Jr., Serving on William Paterson University Board for 33 Years, Retires and is Named Trustee Emeritus
June 19, 2017

Dr. Henry J. Pruitt, Jr., who is retiring from the William Paterson University Board of Trustees after 33 years of service, has been named trustee emeritus by the board. He is the longest-serving board member in the University’s modern history.

Dr. Pruitt, who joined the William Paterson board in 1983, has served in numerous leadership roles, including chair of the board from 1991 to 1993, and chair of several key committees, including the Educational Policy and Student Development Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee, the Minority Affairs Committee, and the Personnel and Compensation Committee. Beyond the University, Dr. Pruitt served as chairman of the board of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU), the agency that advocates on behalf of public higher education in New Jersey.

“I leave this college in good hands and I am confident that any issues of concern that might arise will be handled efficiently and effectively,” said Dr. Pruitt. “I wish William Paterson University the best and I will be watching as this institution continues to prosper in the future.”  Read more here.

Kean’s New College of Liberal Arts Shines Spotlight on Developing Critical Thinking Skills
June 19, 2017

Kean University recently launched a new College of Liberal Arts, encompassing programs formerly under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College reflects Kean’s dedication to student success and to liberal arts education as a core component of any undergraduate degree program.

The Kean University College of Liberal Arts will provide current and future generations of students with affordable access to a liberal arts education. Areas of study include journalism, English, psychology, history, political science, sociology, economics and the performing and fine arts.  Read more here.

Thomas Edison State University President Pruitt is Retiring after 35 Years of Service to the University

 June 8, 2017


Thomas Edison State University’s (TESU) longtime president, Dr. George A. Pruitt, effective December 31, 2017, after 35 years of leading New Jersey’s only college or university dedicated exclusively to serving adults.  Under his leadership, the university helped redefine higher education in the U.S. and made degree completion more accessible for working adults, including active duty military service members and other nontraditional learners.


He will take a year’s sabbatical in 2018 and then serve as a distinguished fellow at TESU’s John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies.


“Serving as president of this wonderful university has been the single greatest privilege of my professional life,” Dr. Pruitt said in a prepared statement.  “I have no words to express my appreciation to the trustees, past and present, as well as my colleagues who have joined in the work of transforming the lives of the students we serve.”


Brian Maloney, chair of the board of trustees, said the board will form a committee that will oversee a nationwide search for a successor.  Dr. Pruitt formally notified the board of his retirement earlier this week, according to a TESU statement.


“It is hard to imagine Thomas Edison State University without George Pruitt as our president,” Mr. Maloney said in a statement.  “The impact that he has made on our university and on higher education in this country is extraordinary.  We are grateful for Dr. Pruitt’s remarkable leadership and his record of accomplishment over the past 35 years.”  Read more here.

Stockton is Responding to Big Data in a Big Way – a New Master’s in Data Science and Strategic Analytics
June 8, 2017

Harnessing “Big Data” – the vast sea of digital information generated daily by business, science, entertainment and education – is a challenge but also an opportunity, and Stockton University is launching a new degree program this fall to prepare graduates for this fast-growing field.

The first classes for the Master of Science in Data Science and Strategic Analytics within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NAMS) will be held in September with approximately 12 students to start and enrollment is expected to grow to a maximum of 25 in future years.

“This new program is an excellent example of how Stockton is staying current to best serve our students and prepare them for the world in which we live,” said Lori Vermeulen, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Big data is everywhere and knowing how to use massive amounts of data in meaningful ways is a vital skill.”
Read more here.

Decline in Number of NJ High School Grads Seeking College Degree Should be Alarming for New Jersey Leaders

The following column by Darryl Greer appeared as an op-ed in NJSpotlight.com on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Darryl G. Greer, PhD, is senior fellow for Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance at the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy of Stockton University.

June 2, 2017

New Jersey will experience about a 20 percent decline in the number of high school graduates through 2030, according to a recent report, “Knocking at the College Door,” by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). That will mean a drop to 90,000 from a current high of about 111,000 graduates annually, and more of these students will be from lower-income families and less-prepared academically for college.

That has important economic consequences for colleges, students, businesses, and the state – which need to be considered, now. Historically, 70 percent to 80 percent of New Jersey high school graduates enroll in college. Obviously, fewer students paying tuition places stress on colleges’ financial operations. This is especially true, because about 70 percent of public colleges’ revenue comes from student tuition and fees. Add to this increasing competition for New Jersey students from surrounding states, such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Massachusetts, which also face declining enrollments. Pile on another dilemma in a no-growth environment: New Jersey already leads the nation as the number one net exporter of college-bound students. We lose about 30,000 students annually to other states. Regional competition for well-prepared New Jersey students who are able to pay for college will be at an all-time high. Not every university in the state can compete effectively for students in this environment.  Read more here.

Stockton Rated in Top 25 in Nation by Student Loan Report for Financial Aid to First Year Students
June 2, 2017

Stockton University is ranked #25 in the nation by the Student Loan Report’s Top 250 Public Colleges that Offer Freshmen the Most Financial Aid Report.

The Student Loan Report analyzed hundreds of public colleges in the United States and selected the top 250. These schools were evaluated based solely on the average financial aid awarded to freshmen, the group said. Financial aid is defined in this report as the average financial aid package awarded to need-based, degree-seeking, full-time freshmen.

Stockton’s average financial aid package for first-time, full-time freshmen is $17,355. About 86 percent of Stockton students receive some form of financial aid.

The data was compiled for the Common Data Set and used by this publisher. The Common Data Set is a standard for undergraduate institutions used by publishers of admission guides and others seeking basic information about colleges and universities. The Common Data Set is a collaboration of the College Board, U.S. News and World Report, publishers Wintergreen/Orchard House, and many institutions of higher education.  Read more here.

Kean Industrial Design Students Gain Fame by Growing New Products with Mushroom® Materials
May 23, 2017

Is it possible to grow a guitar? A helmet? A tote bag? Working with patented Mushroom® Materials, Kean University industrial design students have done just that, growing a diverse array of products during the last academic year, and in the process gaining invaluable insights into the power and potential of sustainable design. The products designed by Kean undergraduate and graduate students are now on display at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Kean is one of only 12 colleges and universities nationwide to be invited to display student work at the major global design show.  Read more here.

Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park Takes Off
May 16, 2017

Federal, state, county, municipal and university officials on May 15, 2017 broke ground for the first of seven buildings at the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park (SARTP) in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, a major step in diversifying the region’s economy.

The $17.2 million, 66,000-square-foot building is being constructed in the 58-acre park, located adjacent to the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, the nation’s premier air transportation laboratory, and the Atlantic City International Airport.

The park will offer high-speed connectivity to FAA Tech Center laboratories, and state-of-the-art conference room. An FAA laboratory will occupy 7,000 square feet with an additional 47,000 of rental space for laboratories and offices.

“Aviation drives $1.5 trillion – or 5.4 percent of G.D.P. (Gross Domestic Product),” said Deputy Director Jaime Figueroa of the FAA Tech Center. “SARTP is positioned to leverage the economic possibilities of aviation.” He added, “The money that’s earned here will be spent here.”

“This is just the beginning of Atlantic County’s future,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson, adding the tourism and gaming are still important but economic diversification is necessary. “This is why we put our money where our mouth is.”

Read more here.

Stockton’s President to Help Formulate a New National Statement on Shared Governance
April 28, 2017

Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman is one of 13 experts chosen by the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) of Universities and Colleges to help shape new national statement on shared governance, principles designed to promote collaborative and inclusive decision-making at institutions of higher education.

“The original national statement on shared governance was developed in 1996, and does not deal with the complexities of modern higher education,” Dr. Kesselman said. “It was developed before community colleges and some state universities, including Stockton, were even created – and a lot has changed.”

“Shared governance is one of the basic tenets of higher education, and yet there is considerable evidence that it is not generally well understood by its primary participants – faculty members, presidents, and members of boards of trustees,” according to an AGB report on shared governance earlier this year.  Read more here.

NJASCU CEO Michael Klein Leads a Discussion about State Support of Higher Education Institutions

Reprinted from “Packet Online”
April 21, 2017

Loose Ends: Affordable education is a beast of a challenge.

While the 60 audience members were feasting on food for thought and popcorn, the discussion taking place at Princeton’s Garden Theatre April 12 was focused on starvation – particularly state-government fiscal starvation of public higher education institutions. The Trenton-based New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) hosted a free screening of the documentary “Starving the Beast,” with a post-screening discussion led by Pennington resident Michael Klein, the CEO of NJASCU.

The film conveys, through a series of interviews with academics, administrators, and governing board officials some fierce and destructive political and philosophical battles being waged at public higher education institutions in Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.  Read more here.

Stockton University Breaks Ground on its $178 Million Atlantic City Residential Campus as Part of Atlantic City’s Gateway Project

April 20, 2017


The $220 million Atlantic city Gateway Project “demonstrates that we’ve turned the corner” in efforts to revitalize the city, said governor Chris Christie on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as he joined state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Atlantic City Development Corp. (AC Devco) Chairman Jon Hanson, South Jersey Industries President and CEO Michael Renna and Stockton President Harvey Kesselman to break ground for the project, which includes Stockton’s new residential campus.


“This city is an extraordinary asset to the region and state,” Gov. Christie said.  He noted that efforts by the state, city, county, university and private developers are all contributing to its renaissance, after an economic downturn that saw five casinos close.


“We didn’t give up on Atlantic City,” he said.  “We are back to celebrating it.”  Read more here.

Recession is Long Gone, So Where's the Money for NJ Colleges?

April 13, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12th, 60 people attended the NJASCU-sponsored screening of the documentary film Starving the Beast at the Garden Theatre in Princeton.  After the movie, NJASCU CEO Michael Klein led a discussion with audience members on some of the issues raised by the movie and the relevance to New Jersey's public colleges and universities.  Below is NJ101.5 reporter Dino Flammia's account of Mike Klein's commentary on the topic.

Are public higher education institutions in New Jersey starving for help from the state?

The Garden State is not mentioned during the 2016 documentary film “Starving the Beast” – which analyzes the systematic defunding of higher education nationwide – but New Jersey is no stranger to the trend, according to Michael Klein, executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.

According to “Starving the Beast,” investment in public higher education peaked in 1980 nationwide when roughly 60 percent of university funding was provided directly from state governments. By 2015, that investment had fallen to an average of 12 percent.

Over the 25-year period from fiscal years 1991 to 2016, state appropriations to New Jersey’s state colleges and universities decreased by more than $8.4 million, or 4.35 percent, Klein said. Per-student funding dropped nearly 40 percent over the same time frame as enrollment at public institutions increased about 58 percent.

Between 2006 and 2007, no state imposed a larger cut on higher education appropriations than New Jersey (2.7 percent), Klein added.

“A great driver of (decreased funding) in the recent past was the recession,” Klein told New Jersey 101.5. “New Jersey’s been very slow to recover from the cuts that they’ve made.”

And to cover for the shortfall, New Jersey has seen a corresponding increase in tuition rates. But compared to much of the nation, increases in New Jersey have been relatively calm. According to the College Board, public four-year institutions in New Jersey implemented the 10th-lowest increase in tuition (5.85 percent) between fiscal years 2012 and 2017.

“We’ve got very strong and generous state-provided financial aid programs which students won’t even know about if they’re scared off by the sticker price itself,” Klein said.

Holding somewhat of a line on increased fees for students is the $750 million bond issue approved by New Jersey voters in 2012, which cleared the way for construction projects and upgrades at dozens of institutions – both public and private. Gov. Chris Christie signed into law in March a bill that allocates the final $34 million.

Through Fiscal Year 2018, Christie’s proposed budget includes flat funding for higher education compared to this and last fiscal year, Klein said. But current numbers represent a 7 percent cut from FY 2015 funds.

A coordinated series of rallies were held at seven state colleges and universities Wednesday to “warn of the potential demise of higher education” in New Jersey due to decreased funding.

The association hosted a free screening of the 95-minute film Wednesday night at Princeton Garden Theatre, followed by a discussion with Klein.

NJCU Presidential Speaker Series Features Renowned Biologist Dr. Bonnie Bassler
April 12, 2017

Tiny Conspiracies: How Bacteria Talk to Each Other will be the topic of the NJCU Presidential Speaker Series when Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Chair and Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, appears at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. She is presenting a free lecture on how her lab’s breakthrough research is leading to a new generation of antibiotics.

A Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine, among many other scientific societies, Dr. Bassler is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM programs across the country and will devote part of her lecture to that pressing issue.  Read more here.

An Interview with Mike Klein
Reprinted from the April 5, 2017 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper
Starving the Beast, Endangering the Future
By Diccon Hyatt

April 6, 2017

By 2020 about 68 percent of jobs in New Jersey will require a college education, according to a study by Georgetown University. And the most popular place, by far, to get those degrees is at the state’s public universities. But with funding for those universities dropping off every year, will the students of the future be able to afford them?

That’s one of the questions raised in a new documentary, “Starving the Beast,” which takes a look at the ideological battle that is being waged for the future of higher education around the country. The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) is hosting a free showing of the movie on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Garden Theatre, followed by a discussion with NJASCU CEO Michael Klein.  Read more here.

Stockton Poll Finds that New Jersey Residents Give Low Marks to Trump Administration So Far
April 5, 2017

The Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy polled 704 adult New Jersey residents from March 22 to March 29, 2017, to assess sentiment towards President Donald Trump. According to poll results, Donald Trump in the first two months of his administration has failed to win over New Jersey residents, majorities of whom disapprove of his performance and actions so far.

Only 35 percent of New Jersey adults have a very favorable or somewhat favorable view of the new president, with 56 percent viewing him unfavorably, including 46 percent very unfavorably. Eight percent are unsure. His job performance numbers in the Garden State are even lower, with only 26 percent saying he is doing a good or excellent job as president. Seventy percent think Trump is doing a fair job (24 percent) or is doing poorly (47 percent).

Fifty-four percent think the country is on the wrong track, while 37 percent think the United States is going in the right direction and 14 percent are unsure.  Read more here.

Barbara Harmon-Francis Articulates Passionate Support for NJ Educational Opportunity Fund Program
March 21, 2017

An alumna of The College of New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program, who now heads Ramapo’s EOF program, testified on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at a NJ Senate public hearing (held at Rutgers University, Newark) on the budget proposed by Governor Christie in February. Below is her compelling story and argument for restoring the $3.6 million in EOF funding that was cut in the governor’s proposal.

I would like to start by thanking the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for taking the time to hear my testimony. My name is Barbara Harmon-Francis and I am an aluma of The College of New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund’s Program and the current Director of the Ramapo College of New Jersey EOF Program. The Educational Opportunity Fund, also known as EOF, was started in 1968 to help people like myself attend and graduate from New Jersey’s colleges.

The National College Access Network states that the biggest determining factor as to why an individual will or will not attend college is a student’s zip code. A zip code. It’s really hard to believe, but it’s true. A student like myself, who was attending Orange High School, was less likely to attend college, simply because of where I lived, my income level, and my school district. Read more here.

William Paterson University Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Its Nursing Program
March 20, 2017

William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, which offered its first baccalaureate degree in nursing in 1966 and has grown to be a leader in nursing education in New Jersey, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its nursing program.

“We are proud of our long history and the outstanding reputation of our program,” said Kathleen Waldron, president of William Paterson University. “More than 3,600 health professionals have graduated from William Paterson’s nursing program. Our highly-trained faculty, building on their own clinical experience, are demanding of their students and have helped them obtain some of the top nursing positions in the region.” William Paterson alumni are employed at nearly every major hospital and medical center in New Jersey and beyond. Read more here.

NJCU Launches Master’s Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science
March 17, 2017

The School of Business at New Jersey City University (NJCU) has launched a Master of Science degree program in Business Analytics and Data Science designed to prepare students for careers in the burgeoning field of data analytics.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics and Data Science program will prepare students with the skills needed to gather, store, analyze and interpret large amounts of “Big Data” to facilitate informed business decision-making.

Data analytics is an area of strong employment growth. A recent study by McKinsey Global Institute projects about 500,000 jobs requiring data analysis skills by 2018, with a projected shortage of about 190,000 jobs. The NJCU School of Business program permits graduate students with an interest in analytics to focus their studies on techniques suitable to specific business disciplines such as finance, marketing, logistics and accounting.  Read more here.

Kean University Introduces Minor in Sustainability Sciences
March 16, 2017

Kean University is embarking upon a major expansion of its “green” offerings with a new Minor in Sustainability Sciences. The 18-credit undergraduate program teaches students the basic principles and tools of sustainability science through hands-on research and activities based on real-world situations and practical solutions.

“There is a growing demand for energy, water and food, and that puts stress on natural systems and elevates tensions between nations, industries and communities,” said Dongyan Mu, PhD, program coordinator and professor in Kean’s School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. “Dealing with these problems requires knowledge across disciplinary boundaries and collaborations among engineers, and social and natural scientists. The sustainability science major was developed in response to those demands.” Read more here.

Montclair State Receives $1.1 Million NSF Grant for Innovative Teacher Training Program
March 6, 2017

A Montclair State University team has received a three-year, $1.1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant for its project “Preparing the Effective Elementary Mathematics Teacher.”

Eligible Montclair State mathematics majors will soon take part in an innovative collaborative program between the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Education and Human Services that addresses the shortage of high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by preparing them to teach math in the New Jersey elementary schools that need them most.  Read more here.

WPU is a “William Paterson Safe” Campus for Immigrants Regardless of Immigration Status
March 5, 2017

The President of William Paterson University of New Jersey on March 2, 2017, issued the following statement regarding the status of immigrants on the WPU campus.

To the William Paterson University Community:

As we await a new Executive Order from the President of the United States regarding immigration practices and policies, I wish to state the University’s position. William Paterson University is a “William Paterson Safe” campus that provides a safe place for all students, faculty and staff regardless of immigration status. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the University protects personal information of all members of our community.  
Read more here.

Stockton Poll Finds Strong Distrust of News Media Among New Jersey Adults
March 6, 2017

New Jersey residents for the most part believe news media across the spectrum is biased, and a large majority of them are concerned about fake news, according to a Stockton Poll released today.

Most New Jersey adults (87 percent) say they pay some or a great deal of attention to the news, and majorities say print newspapers, cable news broadcast news, online news sites and radio do a good or excellent job of keeping them informed.
Read more here.

NJCU is Chosen for Participation in National Initiative on Student Success
February 21, 2017

New Jersey City University (NJCU) is among only six public higher education institutional members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to be selected for participation in a national initiative on student success. On February 1, 2017, AASCU joined a national initiative, the “Frontier Set” (FS), a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to identify successful strategies to improve graduation rates, especially for low-income students, first generation and students of color.

Op-Ed: Deepening Our Commitment to Public Purposes of Higher Ed
February 16, 2017

William Paterson University of New Jersey President Kathleen Waldron published a compelling op-ed in NJ Spotlight that reminds the reader of the crucial role that institutions of higher education play in serving society.  

How can we ensure that we help young people from historically underserved communities apply, enroll, and graduate college?

University presidents have an obligation to our students to create an environment in which they can learn. We also have an obligation to our faculty and staff — as any CEO does — to steward our universities responsibly. But as higher education leaders, we share a broader obligation to the people of our state and the whole country. We are obligated to ensure that our institutions maximize their contributions to the public good.

How can our universities carry out that obligation? First, we must ensure that our students are prepared for lives of engaged citizenship. Our democracy relies on the participation of citizens who understand public policy issues, have the skills necessary for effecting change, and care enough to stay involved. When we look at our political landscape, we cannot be satisfied with the quality of political discourse in our country or in the ability of people with differing views to work together to find solutions to our most pressing problems. We must go beyond our individual campuses as we work to prepare students for citizenship.

Second, we must ensure that the knowledge and skills embedded in our university are connected to the needs and opportunities in the communities in our state. University campuses are full of people with expertise that can be applied to building strong, healthy, and sustainable communities with equal opportunity and shared prosperity.

That’s why I, along with more than 700 presidents and chancellors across the country — including 11 in New Jersey — have signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Presidents’ Action Statement. Campus Compact and its affiliate, New Jersey Campus Compact, have brought together college and university leaders to state publicly our commitment to take collective action to deepen our positive public impact. The statement includes not only an affirmation of the principles of civic and community engagement but also a specific commitment on the part of each campus to create and publicize a plan for increasing our efforts in pursuit of the common good.

Over the coming months, we will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community members on each campus to ask and answer challenging questions about how our colleges and universities can further contribute to our communities and our democracy. How can we ensure that faculty scholarship and expertise makes an impact for our state? How can we ensure that students learn to be agents of positive change? How can we ensure that our colleges and universities create opportunity in communities that have been denied opportunity in the past? How can we ensure that we help young people from historically underserved communities apply, enroll, and graduate college?

I am proud to join with my fellow New Jersey signatories — Nancy Blattner, president, Caldwell University; Sue Henderson, president, New Jersey City University; Susan Cole, president, Montclair State University; Steve Rose, president, Passaic County Community College; Greg Dell’Omo, president, Rider University; Phoebe Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers-Camden; Nancy Cantor, chancellor, Rutgers-Newark; Richard Edwards, chancellor, Rutgers-New Brunswick; Harvey Kesselman, president, Stockton University; and Barbara Gitenstein, president, The College of New Jersey — in seeking to work with renewed dedication, focus, and vigor in pursuit of our goal of fostering civic engagement on our campuses.

Our colleges and universities are diverse — two-year and four-year, public and private, secular and faith-based. We should and will answer these key questions in different ways based on our own traditions and on the realities of the communities that we serve. Our membership in New Jersey Campus Compact, under the leadership of Saul Petersen, ensures that we each do this with the best knowledge available and in a spirit of collaboration. In signing the Campus Compact President’s Action Statement, we are making the commitment to pursue the same goal: attaining a more just, equitable, and sustainable democracy for all. The great people of the state of New Jersey deserve nothing less from their colleges and universities.

Kathleen Waldron is the president of William Paterson University and a member of the board of directors of Campus Compact New Jersey, the statewide affiliate of the national Campus Compact that promotes public and community service to develop students' citizenship skills. William Paterson University was the first public institution of higher education in New Jersey to require undergraduates to take a course in civic engagement.

NJCU Launches Master’s Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science
February 2, 2017

The School of Business at New Jersey City University (NJCU) has launched a Master of Science degree program in Business Analytics and Data Science designed to prepare students for careers in the burgeoning field of data analytics.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics and Data Science program will prepare students with the skills needed to gather, store, analyze and interpret large amounts of “Big Data” to facilitate informed business decision-making.

Data analytics is an area of strong employment growth. A recent study by McKinsey Global Institute projects about 500,000 jobs requiring data analysis skills by 2018, with a projected shortage of about 190,000 jobs. The NJCU School of Business program permits graduate students with an interest in analytics to focus their studies on techniques suitable to specific business disciplines such as finance, marketing, logistics and accounting.  Read more here.

Stockton University to Host First 'StockHack' on February 18-19

January 31, 2017

Stockton University is presenting its first annual StockHack, a 24-hour, innovation, design and technology competition for high school students and currently enrolled undergraduate college students, from noon on Saturday, February 18 – noon on Sunday, February 19.

StockHack is a unique, free event which in which students will learn how computer science can be applied in their educations by experimenting with interface design and software engineering challenges. The overall themes for the event are innovation and design, with a grand prize going to the most innovative original project.  Read more here.

Kudos to Mercer County Leaders on Educational Attainment

January 20, 2017

The leadership of the Mercer County Executive, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and members ofthe Blue Ribbon Commission on a Mercer County Partnership for Educational Attainment are commended for recent recommendations to place higher educational opportunity at the center of the county's long-term economic prosperity.  Read more here.

Give Us a Break – N.J. Tax Breaks Total at Least $23.5 Billion, According to Stockton’s Public Policy Center

January 10, 2017


As the governor and the state legislature embark upon New Jersey’s budget process, Stockton University’s Hughes Center unveils its analysis about the cost of New Jersey’s tax breaks.  A partial estimate of the cost of New Jersey’s many tax breaks totals at least $23.5 billion for fiscal year 2017, a figure that equals roughly two-thirds of the state’s annual budget of $34.8 billion, according to a policy brief published on January 10, 2017 by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.  Read more here.

Kean University Student-Athlete Invited to Major League Soccer Scouting Event

December 21, 2016


Kean University student-athlete Sevag Kherlopian is the first Kean athlete to receive an invitation to a Major League Soccer franchise scouting event.  The forward for the Cougars men’s soccer team was invited to the Columbus Crew Soccer Club College Combine on Sunday, December 4th. Read more here.

Guest Column: The Importance of Institutional Researchers to Policymaking

NJASCU Executive Director Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD, contributed the following column to the website of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, December 1, 2016

Many important issues face higher education in New Jersey, including enrollment capacity, institutional costs, and student success.  It is institutional researchers who collect the data related to these issues and interpret the material for campus leaders and policymakers, helping them to make informed decisions.  While institutional researchers may work behind the scenes at our colleges and universities, the implications of their efforts are front and center in policy deliberations.  Read more here.

William Paterson Senior is a First Place Winner in the National Sales Challenge at WPU

December 1, 2016


The Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales (RBI) at William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business hosted the 10th Annual National Sales Challenge, an intense series of selling competitions and workshops held at the University’s campus in Wayne, N.J., from November 16 to 18, 2016. University of Wisconsin-Parkside took top honors among professional sales teams.  Victoria Reyes, a senior at William Paterson University, was the first place overall individual winner.  Read more here.

Stockton Students Win Honors at National Model United Nations Event in Japan

 November 30, 2016


Stockton University students representing the United Kingdom at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) program in Japan this week were named a Distinguished Delegation by a vote of their peers, while four team members received awards for outstanding position papers and two were named best delegates.


About 20 percent of the delegates to the international event, run by the non-profit National Collegiate Conference Association, receive awards each year. Delegations were judged on how well they remained in character, participated on committees and properly used procedures.

Read more here.   

William Paterson University Jazz Series Features Alumnus Justin Kauflin

November 17, 2016


Thirty-year-old internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, William Paterson University alumnus, returns to his alma mater to perform in the Jazz Room Series on December 4th.


The story of Justin Kauflin’s musical background was powerfully told in the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin’ On – from his time at William Paterson under the tutelage of the late Clark Terry to his subsequent discovery to a multi-record contract by Quincy Jones.  Although he appeared on the Jazz Room stage many times as a student, he now makes his debut as a featured artist.  This performance will preview selections from his new CD due for release in spring 2017.  Read more here.


Stockton Faculty Research: Civics Lessons in College Could Increase Political Participation


November 17, 2016


Education about civics in colleges and universities could reverse declining levels of public knowledge about government and increase political participation, according to research published today by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.

The report, “Midwife to Democracy: Civic Learning in Higher Education,” was written by Jennifer Forestal, assistant professor of Political Science at Stockton.  Increasing civic engagement is part of the mission of the Hughes Center, which sponsored the research.

Democracy flourishes when citizens are informed and actively participate in civic life, the report says, but evidence suggests that Americans lack knowledge about the U.S. political system and are tuning out.  Dr. Forestal cites Annenberg research showing only 38 percent of U.S. adults could name all three branches of government.  According to a 2015 research sponsored by the Hughes Center, more than half of New Jersey adults could not name a single U.S. Supreme Court justice, and only 29 percent could identify freedom of speech as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.  Read more here.


NJ Higher Education Policy Expert Questions Poll Findings About College Value


November 14, 2016


Dr. Darryl Greer, PhD, senior fellow, Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance Project (HESIG), William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, wrote the following blog/op-ed post to urge skepticism when reviewing poll findings that supposedly reflect opinions about the cost, value, and leadership of colleges and universities.


The November 7, 2016 Hechinger Report featured a story “Polls: Americans increasingly mistrustful of college costs, leadership and value,” citing reputable research by Public Agenda, Gallup and others.  But as with our recent national election polling experience, there is room to question some of poll findings.


For example, Stockton University survey research on New Jersey that drills down into college value and expected outcomes indicates that students and citizens strongly value college.  When asked as a straight forward question to NJ citizens and to recent college grads: Is college worth the cost (rather than needed to succeed), responses are consistent in the 70-90% positive range.

Read more here.

Stockton Expands Health Science Programs in Ocean County


November 14, 2016


Stockton University’s School of Health Sciences will be expanding into new, larger facilities in Ocean County, providing more students from central and south New Jersey with a convenient location to earn degrees in several fast-growing fields of health care.


The university will be opening a 7,915-square-foot expansion adjacent to the existing Manahawkin Instructional Site at 712 E. Bay Avenue in 2017, with classroom space, teaching labs and a student lounge.  The site has been occupied by Rothman Institute Orthopaedics, which will be moving to the new AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus on Route 72 West.


“There is a great need for additional health care services in the region, and a strong demand from employers and prospective students for these programs,” said President Harvey Kesselman.  “Stockton’s mission is to provide access to a distinctive higher education and develop programs that ultimately improve the quality of life for New Jersey’s residents.”


The accelerated Nursing program, in which students holding baccalaureate degrees can complete all of the courses to earn a second bachelor’s degree in nursing in just four semesters, will be expanded from 13 students admitted in fall 2016 to 24 in fall 2017.  Students are eligible for this program if they have a bachelor’s degree in any field and have completed all the prerequisites.  For more information, please visit Stockton.edu/health-sciences/nursing-accelerated.html.

Read more here.

William Paterson University President Waldron Inspires All to Exercise the Precious Right to Vote
November 7, 2016

The following op-ed appeared in NorthJersey.com on Sunday, November 6, 2016

I had the great honor of welcoming 35 immigrants who took the Oath of Allegiance last month and became American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the historic Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park. It was such a fitting location for this wonderful ceremony, the same location where Alexander Hamilton, himself an immigrant from the West Indies, envisioned how the Great Falls could generate the power for running factories and mills as the young country began to industrialize.

These new citizens came from many countries – Bangladesh, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Venezuela – following in the path of the millions of immigrants who have made the often difficult decision to leave their homes and come to the United States to build a new life. The 35 individuals obtaining citizenship that day deliberately chose to become active citizens of this country and to cherish its rights and responsibilities, including the right to vote. Read more here.

Stockton Poll Puts Clinton Ahead of Trump in New Jersey and Indicates Thumbs Down to Casino Expansion

October 7, 2016

Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a six-percentage-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential contest in New Jersey, according to a Stockton Poll released on September 30.  

Regarding a second proposed constitutional amendment on the New Jersey ballot this election, 72 percent support dedicating more of the current state gasoline tax to highway and road projects, while 23 percent oppose it and 5 percent are undecided or refuse to say.  Read more here

William Paterson University Has Civic Engagement in its DNA

October 6, 2016

William Paterson University, a commitment to civic engagement sits at the heart of the institution, with students, faculty and staff throughout the campus active participants in a wide array of programs and opportunities.  Read more here.

Making College Affordable Through Generosity: WPU Receives $200,000 in Scholarship Money from Give Back Foundation

September 29, 2016

There is talk about affordability in higher education, and then there is action.  William Paterson University has received a $200,000 donation from the Give Something Back Foundation (Give Back) that will provide 10 low-income students from northern New Jersey with the opportunity to attend William Paterson University and graduate in four years with no cost for tuition and fees or room and board. Read more here.

Stockton Celebrates Its Roots, Trunk and Branches with the Inauguration of President Harvey Kesselman

September 26, 2016

About 1,200 people from Stockton's past, present and future gathered on September 23, 2016 to celebrate the inauguration of Harvey Kesselman, a member of Stockton's very first class in 1971 who rose to become the university's fifth president.  Read more here.

Kean University Researchers Use Augmented Reality to Recreate Historic Event

September 27, 2016

Professor Ed Johnston and student researchers within the Michael Graves College at Kean University initiated LibertyHall360, a collaborative research project with Liberty Hall Museum in Union.  Using 360-degree augmented reality video technology, LibertyHall360 plans to recreate the April 28, 1774 wedding of John Jay, a founding father and the first chief justice of the United States, to Sarah Livingston at Liberty Hall.  Read more here.

Kean Ocean Celebrates 10 Years of a Successful Academic Partnership

September 27, 2016

Kean Ocean, the Kean University-Ocean County College partnership that is a model of higher education affordability, accessibility and cooperation in New Jersey, just turned 10 years old. More than 100 people - including Ocean County Freeholder members, Toms River Township Council members, faculty, students and staff affiliated with both Kean University and Ocean County College turned out to celebrate a decade of success during a special anniversary event on September 22, 2016 at Ocean County College (OCC) in Toms River, NJ.  Read more here.

Ramapo's Krame Center for Mindful Living Partners with UMass Medical School's Center for Mindfulness

September 21, 2016

Ramapo College has upped its mindfulness to a new level of stress-free excellence. The Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of New Jersey is partnering with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. CFM has been a pioneer in the mindfulness movement and in bringing Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course to tens of thousands of people. This partnership will enable the Krame Center to offer many new and exciting programs to the community.  Read more here.

Stockton University Receives Prestigious National Award for Sustainability

September 20, 2016

Stockton University, whose Galloway campus is located in the Pinelands National Reserve, will receive the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Execllence and Innovation Award for Sustainability and Sustainable Development, according to a September 20, 2016 statement from AASCU.  Read more here.

NJCU Launches Center for the Arts as a Creative Umbrella

September 8, 2016

New Jersey City University has launched the NJCU Center for the Arts to bring its performing, visual, film, and literacy arts activities under one creative umbrella.

In announcing the NJCU Center for the Arts, President Sue Henderson commented, "Our university community is rich with talented artists and bold ideas.  NJCU is proud to share this abundance of creative energy and inspiring work with our neighbors and all those in the greater Jersey City area who wish to expand their horizons and explore new worlds."  Read more here.

Kean Psy.D. Program Gets Prestigious Accreditation

August 30, 2016

The Kean University doctoral program, Psy.D. in Combined School and Clinical Psychology, has received the maximum, seven-year accreditation by the American Psychology Association (APA). Kean is now the fourth university in New Jersey with an APA accredited program. The APA Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology. Read more here.

New Documentary on Paterson and Its People by William Paterson University Professor Vincent Parrillo Will Air on NJTV

August 30, 2016

Paterson and Its People, a new documentary by William Paterson University Sociology Professor Vincent Parrillo, explores the city's changing demographics from its pre-Europen history as the home of the Lenape tribe to its present-day diversity.  The documentary will air on NJTV on Saturday, September 26 at 1 p.m. (It will also air on Tuesday, September 22 at 2 a.m. on NJTV.)  

Paterson and Its People will be shown at William Paterson Univeristy on Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Shea Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.  Read more here.

International Educator Ed Petkus is Ramapo's New Dean of Business School

August 20, 2016

Ramapo College's new dean of the Anisfeld School of Business (ASB) is Dr. Ed Petkus, Jr., an international educator, who joined Ramapo in 2006 as a professor of Marketing and directed the Marketing and International Business programs.  

Dr. Petkus was awarded the prestigious Bischoff Award for Teaching Excellence at Ramapo College in 2012 and served as acting dean of the Anisfeld School of Business in the spring of 2015.  Read more here.

Thomas Edison State University Executive Receives Prestigious Honor From NJBiz

August 17, 2016

Number one in the eyes of her friends and colleagues, Robin Walton has just been named a NJBiz Forty Under 40 honoree for 2016.  The vice president of community and government affairs at Thomas Edison State University, Ms. Walton has a lifetime of accomplishments that belie her "under 40" status.  Read more here.

The Noyes Museum of Art Becomes Part of Stockton University

August 17, 2016

Stockton University has expanded its artistic footprint with the acquisition of a "cultural gem" - The Noyes Museum of Art. The Mr. and Mrs. Fred Winslow Noyes Foundation and The Noyes Museum of Art on August 16, 2016 announced the transfer of ownership of the art museum and artwork, both formerly located in the Oceanville section of Galloway, to Stockton University.  The Noyes Foundation will continue to provide annual bequests to the university, primarily to support art acquisition.  Read more here.

Stockton MS in Communication Disorders Earns Five-Year Accreditation
August 11, 2016

Stockton’s Master of Science program in Communication Disorders has received accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

“We are extremely proud of Dean Theresa Bartolotta’s team in the School of Health Sciences,” said Lori S. Vermeulen, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The faculty at Stockton is very student-centered and this accomplishment is another manifestation of their passionate dedication to providing excellent opportunities for their students.”  Read more here.

Research from WPU Professor Reveals Blatant Health Violation at Majority of NYC Nail Salons

August 9, 2016

Nearly three-quarters of nail salon workers observed during a recent field research study were not wearing protective gloves, despite a New York State law mandating nail salon owners to provide them to their workers.  The study, led by WPU Public Health Professor Dr. Corey Basch, EdD and published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine & Public Health, is the first study to document use of protective gloves by nail salon workers in Manhattan.  Read more here.

Stockton Plans Art Exhibit on Economic Inequality

August 4, 2016

Stockton University invites students (high school and college), amateur artists and professionals to participate in a community exhibition of their artwork designed to bring attention to the impact of economic inequality in the United States.  Read more here.

Stockton Receives $380,000 Federal Grant for Brain Research

August 1, 2016

Stockton University has received a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), to examine a neurodevelopmental pathway in the brain.  The project will investigate the mechanisms in neural stem cells (NSCs) that can lead to neurological pathologies. The three-year project, with total funding of $380,133, is titled "Akt-mTOR Pathway Impact on Neural Stem Cell Fates."  Read more here.

Ramapo College Recognized for Innovative Student Retention Initiative

July 28, 2016

Ramapo College of New Jersey was recently recognized as the winner of the 2016 Hobsons Education Advances Award for its accomplishments in increasing student retention and establishing a campus-wide "success network."  Read more here.

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