November 13, 2017
A Stockton University Hughes Center program on Thursday, November 9, 2017 highlighted the extraordinary civility and integrity of the program’s honorees and the need to restore these qualities in government today. Former Vice President Joe Biden set the inspirational tone for the evening when he presented the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award to U.S. Ambassador William J. Hughes, also a former U.S. congressman.
“When Bill (Hughes) sat down with you, he listened …. He reached agreement and moved the process along. It is only through consensus that the United States can continue to function,” said Vice President Biden.
Vice President Biden and Ambassador Hughes worked together in Congress when Mr. Hughes was in the House of Representatives and Mr. Biden was in the Senate. They became friends riding the Amtrak train to Washington, DC together, talking about not just policy, but family.
“Those hours were precious because we got to know each other,” Vice President Biden said. “Back in our day people (in Congress) knew each other and respected each other.” He referred to this connection as the “invisible moral fabric.”
Read more here.
NJCU Stepped Up to Support Residents of Hurricane Devastated Areas: Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Houston
November 13, 2017
New Jersey City University (NJCU) offered tuition-free study the Fall 2017 semester to college students in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands whose studies have been disrupted by the island-wide devastation caused recently by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma.
Visiting students will have the opportunity to continue studies at NJCU in the Spring 2018 semester on a plan which will reduce the usual out-of-state tuition cost to in-state tuition fully covered by a scholarship. NJCU will also provide students with a housing scholarship of $2,000 per semester.
“The NJCU community is supplementing its efforts to provide material resources to those in need by extending to students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands the opportunity to move forward with their higher education and prepare for careers that will help to rebuild their lives and their homelands after the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma,” said NJCU President Sue Henderson.
“We welcome students to NJCU from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who are in need because of the unimaginable devastation caused by hurricanes. NJCU is offering those visiting students the opportunity to learn and achieve. This initiative is keeping with our University’s mission,” she said. Read more here.
November 8, 2017
William Paterson University (WPU) and the American College of Dubai signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions and share interests in similar academic, scientific and professional goals.
“This agreement will benefit both institutions,” says Warren Sandmann, WPU provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Students from the American College of Dubai will have access to programs here at William Paterson, and their presence will enhance the education of our current students.”
Through this agreement, the two institutions will work to develop dual degree programs, allowing students from the American College of Dubai to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from William Paterson. Initial programs will focus on computer science and business.
Kathleen Waldron, president, William Paterson University, and Sayed Elsayed, president/CEO of American College of Dubai, signed the memorandum of understanding on November 1, 2017. Read more here.
October 13, 2017
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann, and TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 12, 2017, to officially open the college’s new, state-of-the-art STEM building, Chemistry addition, and Forum.
The cost of the project, which broke ground in July 2015, was $76,211,000 including $40 million provided through the Building Our Future Bond. An additional $1.075 million in funding came from the New Jersey Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund. The college funded the balance through a variety of sources, including philanthropy.
“This is an investment that is paying off,” said New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, who authored the Building Our Future Bond Act. “This project – like others around the state – generated immediate benefits from the jobs associated with its planning and construction and will provide significant, long-term benefits through education, research, and development. The 2012 bond act was New jersey’s first investment in higher education in a quarter century, and will pay dividends for generations to come for Garden State students, colleges and universities, and for New Jersey’s growth and prosperity. We need to continue to invest in our future by providing resources today.” Read more here.
This commentary by Stockton President Harvey Kesselman appeared in the Courier-Post on October 5, 2017
October 6, 2017
Recent national surveys by such reputable organizations as Public Agenda and Pew Research indicate some American citizens are losing confidence in higher education.
The value of college is often measured only by earnings after graduation. This is a serious mistake that threatens our core values and hopes for a prosperous and secure future.
Higher education does lead to better lives and better societies, according to both national and global research.
For example, data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development show that every country among the 15 analyzed does better on virtually every measure of quality of life the more educated the citizens are. More education leads to better nutrition, better health care, less crime and higher wages, leading to a stronger economy.
This does not mean that everyone should go to college, nor that higher education is responsible for all prosperity. But there is a strong correlation between higher learning, individual achievement, prosperous societies and contributions to the common good. Read full story here.
October 4, 2017
Kean University President Dawood Farahi, PhD, and Middlesex County college President Joann La Perla-Morales, EdD, on Tuesday, September 26, signed a Joint Admissions Agreement providing Middlesex County College (MCC) students provisional admission to Kean. Upon successful completion of their associate degree at MCC, students may gain full admission to one of a growing list of approved degree programs at Kean University.
“This new Joint Admissions Program provides students with a seamless route to earn a bachelor’s degree from Kean University – without wasting time or money taking credits that don’t transfer,” said Dr. Farahi. “This initiative also serves to extend the reach of Kean’s world-class programs, faculty, facilities and services to students who begin their studies at the community college.”
For the last five years, more than 200 Middlesex County College students have transferred to Kean each year, accounting for more than 15 percent of Kean’s transfer admissions population. Now, MCC students who enroll under the Joint Admissions Program will start experiencing a Kean University education from the start of freshman year, getting access to Kean’s faculty and advisors, as well as invitations to special campus programs and events. Read full story here.
September 29, 2017
William Paterson University in Wayne held a ribbon-cutting for its newly renovated academic building, Preakness Hall, on Friday, September 29, 2017 on the institution’s campus in Wayne. The project is part of a long-range plan to modernize facilities in the academic core of the campus. Its construction was funded in part by the State of New Jersey’s “Building Our Future” Bond Act. New Jersey Assemblyman Kevin Rooney delivered remarks, along with University President Kathleen Waldron and Fred Gruel, chair of the William Paterson University Board of Trustees and member of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.
Preakness Hall, which opened for the start of the fall semester, houses four state-of-the-art kinesiology laboratories, 14 smart classrooms a 90-seat auditorium, numerous small and large group study rooms, the Writing Center, and faculty offices for the Department of English an Department of Philosophy.
The building, which takes the place of the 50-year-old Hunziker Wing, is rich with 21st century technology. The four kinesiology labs are respectively tailored for the study and research of body composition, human performance, human motion, and motor control. Each smart classroom is outfitted with a high-definition projector with a 133-inch projection screen, and many have an additional 90-inch flat screen display. The group study lounges are equipped with wireless collaboration pods, meaning students no longer have to worry about carrying cables and adapters for their electronic devices, and instead can access the campus WiFi to feed documents or presentations onto a large display for their peers. Read full story here.
September 22, 2017
Stockton welcomed its largest freshman class ever in September, with 1,569 new students, a 32 percent increase from 1,190 freshmen in fall 2016.
Dean of Enrollment Management John Iacovelli reported to the Board of Trustees that another 988 undergraduate students also transferred to Stockton, bringing the total undergraduate enrollment to 8,275, a five percent increase over the fall 2016 enrollment of 7,854.
When graduate students are added, the total enrollment at Stockton is 9,216, the first time enrollment has exceeded 9,000. Dean Iacovelli said active recruiting and financial aid contributed to the freshmen class increase, which is impressive considering that many colleges are struggling to meet their enrollment goals.
“This is an exceptional achievement,” he said. Read full story here.
September 20, 2017
Thomas Edison State University (TESU) has recently unveiled building signage designating Glen Cairn Hall as George A. Pruitt Hall.
“We believe this is a fitting tribute that recognizes Dr. Pruitt’s leadership, vision and more than 30 years of tireless service to our University, our students and alumni, and the city of Trenton,” said Brian Maloney, chair of the University Board of Trustees. “His leadership has been transformational and positions us to continue changing the lives of the students we serve.”
Dr. Pruitt has maintained a fervent commitment to improving the TESU campus in downtown Trenton through the restoration of several historic buildings. Under his leadership, the University has helped stimulate economic growth in the city and led many civic partnerships designed to improve the city’s State House Historic District. The Glen Cairn project transformed one of Trenton’s gateways.
In addition, Dr. Pruitt was active in the passage of the Building Our Future Bond Act, approved by voters in 2012. This initiative helped make it possible for the University to acquire the blighted Glen Cairn Arms apartment complex and erect the university’s newest building in its place. It remains home to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and the University’s student advising center. Read full story.
September 18, 2017
Kean University professor Abigail Perkiss is a historian whose research focuses on the history of race and urban space in her native city, Philadelphia. Professor Perkiss recently partnered with student performers from Philadelphia's Hip H'Opera on an oral history project that was part of the development of We Shall Not Be Moved, which premiered September 16 at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater.
We Shall Not Be Moved tells the story of five North Philly teens who seek refuge from the police in an abandoned house in West Philadelphia that once served as the headquarters of the MOVE organization. MOVE was a Philadelphia-based group founded in 1972 with the mission of agitating for racial justice and against police brutality. A 1985 standoff at MOVE headquarters infamously ended with a neighborhood destroyed and 11 people dead, including five children. Read full story here.
Stockton President Responds to Richard Stockton Controversy on Campus
August 28, 2017
The following message was sent to the Stockton University community on August 28, 2017, and is also posted on the Stockton website.
Dear Members of the Stockton Community,
Over the past few days, I have been reading many emails, fielding calls, and listening to the wide range of viewpoints expressed by our Stockton and surrounding communities.
The decision to temporarily remove the bust of Richard Stockton from our Library entrance has created the opportunity to engage in a discussion of the man, his role in America’s history, and how we might remember him today.
Accounts of the desecration and destruction of historical statues fill our news, and reminds us that our nation is struggling with accepting multiple points of view, with interpreting facts, and with finding common ground.
We are hopeful that through the development of the Richard Stockton Exhibit we will demonstrate that difficult issues can be dealt with in a way that strengthens and unites us.
Read the full message here.
August 22, 2017
Kathleen Waldron, who has led strategic initiatives that have enhanced academics and infrastructure at William Paterson University, has announced that she will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, thus completing eight years as president of the institution.
“I will turn 70 years old in September 2018 and have had the great honor of being an academic administrator for 20 years,” said President Waldron, who became the institution’s seventh president on August 2, 2010. “The last seven years at William Paterson University have been the best of my career. We have accomplished so much, and I hope that the advances we made together are of lasting benefit to the students we serve. I am extremely grateful to have the support of an engaged Board of Trustees that cares deeply about this institution and its success, as well as Cabinet members who capably lead their divisions and provide sound advice and counsel. The faculty members continue to provide outstanding instruction and mentorship to our students while pursuing individual research and creative endeavors. Our dedicated staff provides the day-to-day academic and business support that keeps the University going and thriving.”
The University’s Board of Trustees has launched a national search for a new president. President Waldron plans to retire effective June 30, 2018.
Read more here.
August 15, 2017
Stockton University has been approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Education to offer training to teachers from Panama as part of the government’s Bilingue Initiative.
The University has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Universidad Latina de Panama to expand opportunities for Stockton students to study in Panama.
The Panama Bilingue initiative is a national effort to improve public education and economic development in the country by increasing the English language fluency of its citizens. Read more here.
July 17, 2017
The New Jersey Association of State College and Universities asked its members to provide one example of a significant research initiative taking place on their respective campuses. Even though some schools just provided one example, other schools provided several. One administrator said, “we couldn’t decide which project was more important.” All the projects are significant and impressive and illustrative of the fact that the NJASCU schools have extensive research portfolios. Read more here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Quick Takes
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