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Quick Takes are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU.

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Barbara Harmon-Francis Articulates Passionate Support for NJ Educational Opportunity Fund Program
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.

March 21, 2017

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.

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.

Kean University to Launch Three New Master's Degree Programs

July 28, 2016

Kean University will launch three new graduate programs in the upcoming academic years (2016-2019): a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology; Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in Kean’s new School of Physician Assistant Studies; and the Master of Architecture in the Michael Graves College.  Read more here.

Newark Black Film Festival Honors Legacy of NJCU Professor Lee Hagan
July 28, 2016

The 2016 Newark Black Film Festival will screen Lee Hagan: Connecting Generations, a film about the life and legacy of the late Dr. Lee Hagan - a New Jersey City University (NJCU) professor, community activist, and namesake of NJCU's Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center.  The screening will take place on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. at CityPlex 12, 360 Springfield Avenue in Newark, NJ.  Admission is free and open to the public. Read more here.

Kean University Aluma Leaves $1.7 Million Posthumous Gift - Millions More May be Forthcoming
July 25, 2016

Maxine Lane '78, a longtime Kean University friend, advocate and patron who died in May at the age of 90 in Phoenix, Arizona, has left her nearly $1.7 million retirement fund to Kean University.  Millions more may be forthcoming when the benefactor's estate is settled.  The Kean University Foundaiton, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that receives, invests and administers private support for Kean University, will establish the maxine Lane Excellence Fund in support of the University's mission to provide a world-class education to a diverse student population.  Read more here.

NJCU Names Interim Dean as Business School's Founding Dean
July 21, 2016

New Jersey City University has named Dr. Bernard McSherry as founding dean of the NJCU School of Business.  Dr. McSherry is a former governor of the New York Stock Exchange who brings three decades of experience as a business leader and entrepreneur.  He has served as a faculty member and interim dean of the NJCU School of Business since June 2014.

Dr. McSherry was selected for the position following a nationwide search which included open meetings and forums with NJCU's faculty, administrators, staff and students.  Read more here.

Artwork of Kean Professor is Featured in Smithsonian Museum Exhibit, Washington DC
July 20, 2016

Kean University Professor and Oceanport, NJ resident Jennifer Crupi’s fine art jewelry is featured in the newly reinstalled permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s branch for contemporary craft and decorative arts. Her design, Ornamental Hands: Figure One, was selected from the over 2,000 craft works to be included in the new exhibition, Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery. The new exhibit, housed in this national historic landmark, opened to the public July 1 and is on view indefinitely.

“It is a privilege to be part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick collection,” said Ms. Crupi. “As a teaching artist, I see it as my mission to create work that pushes the boundaries of the field. My own professional practice challenges students to think about jewelry and metalsmithing differently and to consider it an expressive art form that can communicate on many levels.”  Read more here.

NJCU Appoints a Transformative Leader as Dean of Its College of Arts and Sciences

July 20, 2016

The new dean of New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences is Dr. João Sedycias, as of August 1, 2016. The selection was announcd following a national search for qualified candidates, which included meetings and open forums with NJCU’s faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

A transformative teacher and scholar with international experience in North and South America, Dr. Sedycias will also assume a faculty position as Professor in the Department of Modern Languages.

“Dean Sedycias’ academic acumen will help the College and the faculty develop academically and intellectually. His expertise as a dean and scholar will ensure learning and research opportunities for students and faculty remain at the forefront of priorities,” state Dr. Sue Henderson, president of NJCU. Read more here.

Ramapo College Wins National Grant to Support the Jane Addams Papers Project

July 7, 2016

The National Historic Publications and Records Commission, a department of the National Archives, has awarded the Jane Addams Papers Project a one-year grant of $108,240 to support the project's work at Ramapo College.  The Jane Addams Papers started work at Ramapo in September 2015, with the goal of creating a digital edition of the correspondence and writings of the founding mother of American social work.  Read more here.

Kean University Cybersecurity Center Hosts Its Inaugural Event on Ransomware
June 28, 2016

Over 150 local business owners and IT professionals attended the Cybersecurity Center at Kean University’s Ransomware Symposium on June 20, 2016. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Union County Small Business Development Corporation at Kean University, was the inaugural event for the Kean University Cybersecurity Center, a new initiative at Kean to focus on educating businesses and municipalities about emerging threats in cybersecurity in order to achieve behavioral change that would create a more secure IT environment.

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that blocks access to computer systems in order to extort a payment for ransom. Panelists at the Kean event provided practical tips for preventing ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity breaches. Speakers included representatives from the FBI and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. New Jersey Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick (pictured) delivered the symposium’s keynote address. Read more here.

Stockton President Outlined Stockton's Atlantic City Campus Plans at Alliance for Action Event

June 8, 2016

Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman on Tuesday, June 7th, outlined plans for Stockton's planned residential campus in Atlantic City at the New Jersey Alliance for Action's annual higher education capital construction event in Edison, New Jersey.

Dr. Kesselman addressed the Alliance, which comprises of more than 2,500 of the state's top corporate, labor, professional, academic and governmental representatives. Read more here.

New Jersey City University and NJTV Announce Broadcasting Partnership

June 7, 2016

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, and New Jersey City University (NJCU) announced they will partner on a new business update segment to be broadcast from the NJCU School of Business as part of NJTV’s weeknight newscast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams. The updates will be produced on location at the Strategic Development Group Studio at the NJCU School of Business located at Harborside Plaza 2 in the Jersey City financial district. The new space was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting event at the NJCU Business School on June 1, 2016 with network and University principals, business leaders and local officials attending. Read more here.

Stockton Hughes Center Research:  Demographic Profile of NJ Legislature Remains Basically Unchanged - and Unrepresentative of Constituents

May 31, 2016

The November 2015 election for the New Jersey State Legislature did little to change the demographics of the state Assembly and Senate.  The 216th New Jersey State Legislature is older, less ethnically diverse, more predominantly male, and better educated than the average New Jersey citizen, according to research published today by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.  Read more here.

William Paterson University Music Professor Mixes It Up with Art and Athleticism

May 27, 2016

Payton MacDonald, William Paterson University music professor, will combine his passions for creative music and ultra-distance mountain biking for his upcoming Sonic Divide project.  In June, MacDonald will bike the U.S. Great Divide Mountain Biking Route from Mexico to Canada.  He has commissioned 30 original compositions from 30 composers, including William Paterson faculty members Peter Jarvis, John Link, Tim Newman, Kevin Norton, Anton Vishio and David Weisberg.  He will perform and document one composition each time he crosses the Continental Divide during the self-supported 2,500-mile journey.  Read more here.

New Jersey City University Hosts Prestigious International Business Conference, June 3-4, 2016

May 16, 2016

NJCU is playing a key role in an upcoming international business conference, June 3 through June 4, 2016, at the NJCU School of Business, 160 Hudson Street, Harborside Plaza 2.  More than 300 attorneys, mediators, judges, and international business leaders are expected to attend the conference that will explore mechanisms to promote international trade and commerce and enable companies to do business more effectively in the global business community.  Read more here.

Darryl G. Greer, Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance (HESIG) Symposium
May 9, 2016

A few years ago, nationally renowned higher education policy expert Dr. Darryl G. Greer pondered the following: Where in New Jersey do state leaders go for answers about higher education policy? Who is collecting the data and coming up with strategies? Who is doing the in-depth thinking about higher education – a field that is based on thinking? During the current season of government budget deliberation and presidential campaigning, New Jerseyans are exposed to talk about higher education – a plethora of speeches, sound bites, tweets, Facebook posts, letters, and testimonies. But “we have to do better than just talk without substance,” said Dr. Greer.  Read more here.

Kean University Honors 2016 Distinguished Alumni

May 9, 2016

President Dawood Farahi and the Kean University Alumni Association honored five recipients of the annual Distinguished Alumni Award at a luncheon and ceremony held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the University's STEM Building.  While the recipients represented a broad range of academic backgrounds and career paths, they all share a common sense of pride for their alma mater, as well as service to their community.  Read more here.

WPU Professor Robin Schwartz Honored with 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for Distinguished Accomplishment in Photography

April 11, 2016

Robin Schwartz, associate professor of art at William Paterson University and award-winning photographer, was honored with a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her distinguished achievements as a photographer. A recent achievement was having her photos featured in the New York Times Magazine. Read more here.

Captain Mark Kelly and Entrepreneur Brandon Stanton are Commencement Speakers for Kean University

April 8, 2016

Kean University will feature two super stars as the 2016 commencment speakers at the Kean graduate and undergraduate graduation ceremonies.  Highly decorated astronaut and best-selling author Captain Mark Kelly will deliver the commencement address at the Nathan Weiss Graduate College Commencement at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m.  Renowned photographer, digital storytelling pioneer and creator of the photo blog "Humans of New York" Brandon Stanton will give the commencement address at Kean University's Undergraduate Commencement at the Prudential Center in Newark, Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m.  Read more here.

Darryl Greer at Stockton's Hughes Center Authors "Measuring College Outcomes" based on a Poll of Recent College Graduates

April 1, 2016

Stockton University research reveals that recent college graduates believe the most important college outcome is to get a better job, with 30 percent naming that as their top priority.  However, only about one in three (35 percent) says colleges are doing "extremely well" in preparing them for a job and career.

"Measuring College Outcomes," was authored by Darryl Greer, PhD, Stockton University's William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy's Senior Fellow, and based on a statewide poll of 770 students who were either recent graduates of public and private colleges or had at least two years of college.  Read more here.

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