June 27, 2018
New Jersey’s beaches are in better shape than they were before Hurricane Sandy. Furthermore, ongoing coordinated efforts by multiple government agencies and researchers at Stockton University to build a statewide system of protection will ensure they remain viable for residents and tourists.
As the Jersey Shore enters the Fourth of July holiday and peak beach season, the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and the Coastal Research Center at Stockton University hosted a New Jersey Beach Report at Stockton’s Carnegie Center Wednesday to highlight the status of the state’s beaches. Read more.
Kean University College of Education among First in New Jersey to Receive New National Accreditation
June 25, 2018
Kean University has received the goal seal of approval for its educator preparation programs. The College of Education received national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), reinforcing its commitment to excellence in teacher training.
Kean is one of three universities in New Jersey and 46 educator prep providers from 22 states and Puerto Rico to meet CAEP’s rigorous standards in the Spring 2018 review and one of 147 universities and colleges throughout the nation currently with CAEP accreditation.
“This accreditation means that Kean will continue to train New Jersey’s best teachers, consistent with our legacy as a teachers’ college,” said Anthony A. Pittman, PhD, acting dean of Kean’s College of Education. “As the largest producer of teachers in New Jersey, Kean has always been the leader in providing quality educator training for the state, and this endorsement by CAEP speaks to the caliber of our programs and stellar faculty and staff.”
June 25, 2018
The William Paterson University Galleries have been awarded a $10,000 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to present an exhibition and related publication to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of social-realist artist Ben Shahn. The exhibition, to be held from September 9 through December 13, 2018, will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Universities Galleries.
“We are honored to be among the recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and we look forward to commemorating the legacy of Ben Shahn, who is one of New Jersey’s – and arguably one of our nation’s – most prominent artists,” said Kristen Evangelista, director of the University Galleries.
Ben Shahn (1898-1969), who is the namesake for the University’s Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts, was a prolific painter, photographer and printmaker who was committed to social justice. He first achieved fame with his series of paintings, Sacco and Vanzetti. In 1933, Mr. Shahn assisted Mexican muralist Diego Rivera on the controversial, and ultimately destroyed, mural for New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Mr. Shahn went on to be a key New Deal muralist and photographed rural poverty in the South and Midwest for the Farm Security Administration. He lived for many years in the New Jersey town of Roosevelt. Read more.
New Jersey City University Appoints Former NJCU Student-Athlete Star as its Head Women’s Basketball Coach
June 21, 2018
Patrick Devaney (’12), a former men’s basketball student-athlete and women’s basketball assistant coach, has been named the next head women’s basketball coach at New Jersey City University (NJCU). Mr. Devaney, chosen after a thorough review of candidates from around the nation, will be the 15th head coach in the 49-year history since the program was founded in 1970.
Shawn Tucker, associate vice president and director of NJCU Athletics, said: “It is with great excitement that we announce Pat Devaney as the next leader of the NJCU women’s basketball program. During the interview process, Pat emerged from a deep pool of talent. His passion for the sport of basketball and for using it as a tool to impact the lives of student-athletes, his deep-rooted love for NJCU, and his enthusiasm to shift the culture of the women’s basketball program were all evident.
“Pat has a deep knowledge of NJCU, the NJAC and New Jersey basketball, and is a strong recruiter with a clear vision for the future of the program. Pat is a shining example of how NJCU athletes can forever transform the lives of its student-athletes. We welcome him back to the NJCU family.”
NJCU Appoints Michael Edmondson Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning
May 24, 2018
New Jersey City University (NJCU) announced on May 24, 2018, the appointment of Michael Edmondson, PhD, as dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning following a national search. Dr. Edmondson, who began his tenure at NJCU on April 2, had previously served as the director of Continuing Education at Mercer County Community College and associate vice president for Career Development at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.
Dr. Edmondson received a B.A. in history from Cabrini College, an M.A. in history from Villanova University and a PhD in history from Temple University.
Business Experts Press has published three professional development books for Dr. Edmondson: Marketing Your Value: 9 Steps to Navigating Your Career; Major in Happiness: Debunking the College Major Fallacies; and Success: Theory and Practice. Read more.
May 23, 2018
NJCU announced its plan to join a national movement to address smoking and tobacco use at college campuses throughout the United States. NJCU will ask students, faculty and administration to support the adoption of a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy.
Over the next 17 months, NJCU will engage the campus community to address tobacco use. A taskforce will be formed to oversee the project, assess tobacco use behavior and attitudes, identify a treatment plan for current smokers and develop a policy. Two students will develop and lead educational efforts to build a movement to become a tobacco-free campus.
NJCU’s efforts are part of a growing trend to clean the air on campuses. Currently, more than 2,100 higher education institutions in the United States have gone smoke- or tobacco-free.
NJCU was one of 18 minority-serving institutions and community colleges that will receive funds and technical support from Truth Initiative®, the nation’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past. Over the past three years, Truth Initiative has partnered with 135 colleges, reaching more than 1.2 million students and 275,000 faculty and staff across 35 states.
“With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 26, college campuses are critical platforms for preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding those current tobacco users in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all,” said Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative. “We are looking forward to supporting NJCU’s efforts to make smoking and tobacco use a thing of the past.” Read more.
New York Times Editorial: Four-Year Degree Absolutely Needed
May 18, 2018
“You hear people say, ‘Well, a four-year degree isn’t needed,’” Connie Ballmer, the philanthropist and wife of the former Microsoft C.E.O. Steve Ballmer, recently told me.
“But then if you turn to them and say, ‘What do you want for your child?’ they wouldn’t dream of not having their kid go to a four-year college,” she continued. “they said it’s not needed – but they need it.”
Ballmer is right. The boomlet of skepticism about college comes disproportionately from upper-middle-class people who have the luxury of airing hypothetical concerns about education, without having to worry that their own children will be influenced by them. Yet, the misplaced skepticism can do real damage to poor and working-class teenagers who hear it and take it seriously.
The evidence remains overwhelming. College is the single most reliable path to the middle class and beyond. No, it doesn’t guarantee a good life. Nothing does. But earning a good living without a college degree today is difficult.
College graduates earn vastly more and are far more likely to be employed. They live longer, are more likely to be married and are more satisfied on average with their lives. These relationships appear to be at least partly casual, too. If you want more details, you can read some of my previous columns or dig into a long trail of academic studies. Read more.
May 17, 2018
In a commencement ceremony filled with emotion and personal stories, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a self-proclaimed “Jersey boy,” called on the graduating class of Kean University to lead with love.
The university conferred 2,940 bachelor’s degrees to a diverse group of students on Thursday, May 17 at Prudential Center in Newark.
“You are powerful,” Senator Booker said. “Make that choice to show up and tell your truth with your actions and your deeds. Don’t speak to your kindness, show it. Don’t preach your religion, show it. Don’t just sing songs about your love, live that love every day.”
Senator Booker told the graduates that small acts of kindness and courage have a ripple effect, noting that a lawyer who helped his family overcome housing discrimination in Bergen County in the 1960s was motivated by the individuals on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.
“If you love, love, love in small acts every day, I promise that you will change this world,” Senator Booker said. “It is not just a calling. It is not just a slogan. It is your destiny. Class of 2018, I am in awe of you. May you live your power and your truth and your love every day.”
Kean President Dawood Farahi, PhD, awarded Booker the Kean Medal, the University’s highest honor. Read more.
Commencement News: NJCU to Graduate 1,935 on May 22 at Prudential Center
May 14, 2018
New Jersey City University (NJCU) will award 1,935 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 22. Degrees will be conferred at one ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. The ceremony can be viewed live at [njcu.edu/gradlive].
An honorary doctorate will be presented to the Honorable Jose L. Linares, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey – Newark Vicinage. [See bio sketch below.]
The Presidential Medallion will be awarded to Bob Delaney, legendary National Basketball Association (NBA) referee and NBA Cares Ambassador who built a distinguished career as one of the NBA’s highest-rated crew chiefs. [See bio sketch below.]
Upon learning that Mr. Delaney will receive the NJCU Presidential Medallion, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver commended Mr. Delaney saying, “Over the last three decades, Bob has set a standard of excellence for NBA referees. From officiating the NBA Finals to training the next generation of NBA officials, everything he does is about leadership, service and integrity. I can’t think of anyone better to receive New Jersey City University’s highest award than someone who always inspires others by leading by example. That is what Bob has done throughout his NBA career.” Read more.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told the more than 2,000 graduates at Stockton University’s Commencement Friday to be the “doers” who will become the state and nation’s next leaders.
“It is simply not enough to tweet and consider that as actual participation in our cultural, political and social dialogue,” he said to a crowd of some 13,000 graduates and guests in Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. “In these times, perhaps more than ever in our history, we need doers of deeds, not people who take their comfort in lobbing memes from their smartphones.”
Friday was the second commencement in Boardwalk Hall and the first that combined the graduates from summer and fall 2017, as well as spring 2018.
Gov. Murphy said he welcomes this generation of graduates as they take their place of leadership. He said upheaval is part of change and moving forward, but they can all make a difference in their chosen careers.
“Your generation is showing that it is ready to lead,” he said, citing young people involved in gun safety, political campaigns and entrepreneurial business ventures. Read more.
Kean is Offering Eight New Programs for New Fall Semester 2018
May 3, 2018
Kean University is expanding its academic offerings with eight new undergraduate and graduate-level programs that will be introduced in Fall 2018.
The new programs include a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, a PhD in Counseling and Supervision, as well as a master’s-level special education program and five bachelor’s degree programs in pre-law, business and the health fields.
“We know our students want successful careers after they graduate and our goal is to help them succeed,” said Dawood Farahi, PhD, president of Kean University. “These new programs will set them on a path to excel in a wide variety of growing fields.”
The new academic programs at Kean University are:
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
- PhD Counseling and Supervision
- MA Special Education, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Option
- BS Community Health Education
- BA Therapeutic Recreation
- BA Psychology, Forensic Psychology Option
- BA History, Pre-Law Option
- BS Management, Human Resources Management Option
2018 Quick Takes
Mobile Business Cards App Wins Kean Business Plan Competition - April 27, 2018
Ramapo College Vocal Ensemble Performs at Lincoln Center - April 26, 2018
NJCU Celebrates Its Renovated and Expanded Science Building - April 23, 2018
NJCU Music Department Receives Prestigious Honor from Si-Yo Music Society Foundation - April 11, 2018
State Public Bank Would be good for New Jersey According to Hughes Center Report - April 10, 2018
Stockton University to Sell the Seaview Hotel & Golf Club - April 9, 2018
Dr. Kathryn A. Foster Named TCNJ’s 16th President - March 27, 2018
NJCU New Jersey 50 Index Issues an Economic Report Card - March 6, 2018
NJCU and Jersey City – Perfect Together in Ethnic Diversity and Excellence - February 23, 2018
Kean University Scientist, Designers Suppoort Portable Operating Room Project - February 20, 2018
Montclair State University and The College of New Jersey Partner in the James P. Fox Memorial Fund Mentoring Initiative - The James P. Fox Memorial Fund Launches Two Initiatives to Cultivate Public Sector Careers - February 1, 2018
Ramapo College Board of Trustees Extends President Mercer’s Term to 2021 - February 1, 2018
TCNJ Launches Speech Pathology and Audiology Major - January 22, 2018
2017 Quick Takes
Merodie A. Hancock Selected as President of Thomas Edison State University - December 20, 2017
Stockton to Offer Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Atlantic City Campus - December 18, 2017
Legislative Office of NJ Assemblyman Dan Benson Mentors Kean University STEM Major - December 4, 2017
William Paterson University Jazz Studies Director Bill Charlap Nominated for 2017 Grammy Award - November 29, 2017
TCNJ Opens New State-of-the-Art STEM Building, Chemistry Addition, and Forum - October 13, 2017
What is a College Degree Worth? This commentary by Stockton President Harvey Kesselman appeared in the Courier-Post. October 6, 2017
William Paterson University Celebrates Preakness Hall Renovation Project - September 29, 2017
Stockton Registers a Five Percent AY 2017 Enrollment Increase Over AY 2016 - September 22, 2017
Thomas Edison Honors Its Retiring President with his Name on a New Building - September 20, 2017
Kean University Inspires Dialog on Race and Justice Through an Oral History Project - September 18, 2017
Stockton President Responds to Richard Stockton Controversy on Campus - August 28, 2017
A Little Research Reveals a Lot of Research at NJASCU Schools - July 17, 2017
Decline in Number of NJ High School Grads Seeking College Degree Should be Alarming for New Jersey Leaders - Column by Darryl Greer appeared as an op-ed in NJSpotlight.com - June 2, 2017
Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park Takes Off - May 16, 2017
Recession is Long Gone, So Where's the Money for NJ Colleges? - April 13, 2017
NJCU Launches Master's Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science - March 17, 2017
Kean University Introduces Minor in Sustainability Sciences - March 16, 2017
NJCU is Chosen for Participation in National Initiative on Student Success - February 21, 2017
Op-Ed: Deepening Our Commitment to Public Purposes of Higher Ed - Kathleen Waldron - February 16, 2017
NJCU Launches Master's Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science - February 2, 2017
Stockton University to Host First 'StockHack' on February 18-19 - January 31, 2017
Kudos to Mercer County Leaders on Educational Attainment - January 20, 2017
2016 Quick Takes
Kean University Student-Athlete Invited to Major League Soccer Scouting Event - December 21, 2016
Guest Column: The Importance of Institutional Researchers to Policymaking - Michael Klein - December 1, 2016
Stockton Students Win Honors at National Model United Nations Event in Japan - November 30, 2016
William Paterson University Jazz Series Features Alumnus Justin Kauflin - November 17, 2016
NJ Higher Education Policy Expert Questions Poll Findings About College Value - November 14, 2016
Stockton Expands Health Science Program in Ocean County - November 14, 2016
William Paterson University Has Civic Engagement in its DNA - October 6, 2016
Kean University Researchers Use Augmented Reality to Recreate Historic Event - September 27, 2016
Kean Ocean Celebrates 10 Years of a Successful Academic Partnership - September 27, 2016
Stockton University Receives Prestigious National Award for Sustainability - September 20, 2016
NJCU Launches Center for the Arts as a Creative Umbrella - September 8, 2016
Kean Psy.D. Program Gets Prestigious Accreditation - August 30, 2016
International Educator Ed Petkus is Ramapo's New Dean of Business School - August 20, 2016
The Noyes Museum of Art Becomes Part of Stockton University - August 17, 2016
Stockton MS in Communication Disorders Earns Five-Year Accreditation - August 11, 2016
Stockton Plans Art Exhibit on Economic Inequality - August 4, 2016
Stockton Receives $380,000 Federal Grant for Brain Research - August 1, 2016
Kean University to Launch Three New Master's Degree Programs - July 28, 2016
NJCU Names Interim Dean as Business School's Founding Dean - July 21, 2016
Kean University Honors 2016 Distinguished Alumni - May 9, 2016
February 16, 2016
Thomas Edison State University Launches its First Doctoral Program - January 28, 2016
Thomas Edison State College Makes the Grade - and Becomes a University - January 11, 2016
2015 Quick Takes
Update on Campus Sexual Assualt Legislation - December 29, 2015
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at NJCU's School of Business - December 2, 2015
TCNJ and Rowan Host College Affordability Study Commission Public Hearings - November 5, 2015
Design-Build Legislation is Top Priority for NJASCU - November 5, 2015
Panel Discussion on Economic Impact Features Two NJASCU Presidents - October 23, 2015
Campus Sexual Assault is Focus of Legislative Hearing - October 20, 2015