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Stockton University in Partnership with Recovery Court Program Transforms Lives

 September 12, 2018


Stockton University’s partnership with the Atlantic County Recovery Court program won special recognition on September 11, 2018 in a ceremony at the Atlantic County Courts Complex.


But, the real winners of the partnership were participants in the program who have benefitted by obtaining job offers at the university and scholarship funding.  “I can’t tell you what it means for our program to have this relationship,” said Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson.


After meeting with Judge Sandson in March, Stockton officials developed a program that so far has offered employment to three Recovery Court participants, and provided scholarship funding to help another, Luana Cordeiro, who never finished her degree in criminal justice from Kean University after becoming addicted to cocaine and heroin.


Stockton President Harvey Kesselman called Judge Sandson and Assignment Judge Julio Mendez for their “outside the box” thinking about how to help participants.  He told the other participants in the program attending the event that he hopes more of them also have the opportunity to attend Stockton.


Ms. Cordeiro, 34, said she was in her final semester at Kean in 2009, preparing for final exams, when she lost control of her addiction to cocaine and heroin.  “All I had left to do was finals to graduate,” she said.  “I had been a dean’s list student.  But I never took those finals and I never graduated.  I got high instead.”  She said she spent the next five years mourning her lost chances by getting high, getting arrested and losing custody of her children.  She resisted rehab opportunities and finally in 2014 was turned into police by her mother.  Read more.

Kean University Offers Five New Academic Programs, Responding to Demands of a Changing World

September 12, 2018 

Five new degree programs have been added to Kean University’s academic offerings for the 2018-2019 academic year to meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals and offer students a global perspective in an evolving job market.

 Bachelor’s degrees in community health education, therapeutic recreation, and global studies, and doctoral programs in occupational therapy, and counseling and supervision are all new to Kean this academic year.  Altogether, Kean offers 50 undergraduate majors and 60-plus graduate programs and options.

 “At Kean, we are transforming the education we offer to meet the demands of a changing world.  This is reflected in the addition of four new healthcare-related programs, as well as the new global studies major,” said Kean President Dawood Farahi, PhD.  “By increasing doctoral programs, we also give our students the ability to pursue their dreams as far as they wish – to the highest levels of education.”  Read more.

Ramapo College of New Jersey Welcomes a First Year Class that is Four Percent Larger than Last Year’s Class

 September 6, 2018


Ramapo College of New Jersey on September 2 welcomed 1,539 new “Roadrunners” that include first-year and transfer students.  The Class of 2022 boasts 955 first-year students, the second largest first-year class in Ramapo’s history and 4% larger than the class of 2021.


New residential students moved into their residence halls in the morning with the help of the Roadrunner and more than 425 student-leader volunteers.  New commuter students also checked in throughout the day.  Students and their families were officially welcome during New Student Assembly in the Bradley Center where they heard welcoming remarks from President Peter P. Mercer, members of the administration, student government and Parents’ Council and then transitioned to the College’s Arching Ceremony.


During the college’s outdoor Arching Ceremony, President Mercer greeted each of the new students as they walked through the Arch, symbolizing their entry to Ramapo College.  The day’s festivities were rounded out with a barbecue, games, and bouncy houses on the Bandshell lawn.


“The Ramapo College Class of 2022 represents a highly talented, diverse, and motivated group of students in whose academic development and personal growth we are strongly invested.  One need not look far from home to see that our communities are too often teetering, challenged to meet their economic, societal, and civic obligations for reasons ranging from the management of scarce resources to the undervaluing of cultural competency in decision making.  When we welcome the Class of 2022 to Ramapo College, we simultaneously welcome the next generation of critical thinkers and conscientious leaders – a responsibility and privilege that each faculty and staff member on our campus does not take for granted,” said President Mercer.


The talented and diverse Class of 2022 is distinguished by its demographics:

  • 28 percent were born in the 1990s, while 72 percent were born in the 2000s;
  • Students hail from nine different states;
  • All 21 New Jersey counties are represented;
  • The class includes 21 international students from seven foreign countries;57 percent of the incoming freshman class is female; 43 percent is male;
  • 38.3 percent identify themselves as non-white;
  • The average GPA, based on high school records, is 3.44;
  • 16 percent came through Early Decision;
  • 88 students are Educational Opportunity Fund students; and
  • This year’s top majors are Undeclared, Nursing, Business Administration, Biology and Psychology.


The Class of 2022 has more ahead this week including attending Opening Convocation, featuring author Lisa Ko, whose award-winning novel, “The Leavers” was Ramapo College’s first-year student reading selection.  Students will also participate in additional Welcome Week events such as meeting their first-year seminar professors, attending mandatory trainings and workshops, and partaking in meet-and-greet gatherings, trips, movies, comedy shows, games, and team-building activities.

Free Concert on the Jersey City Waterfront Celebrates the NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band and the Jersey City Community
September 5, 2018

The NJCU Center for the Arts presents the annual NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band Concert on Friday, September 14 at 6 p.m. on the J. Owen Grundy Pier, Exchange Place, in Jersey City. Conducted by retired NJCU Professor Richard Lowenthal, this free concert will feature GRAMMY Award-winning guest artist Paquito D’Rivera in a tribute to WBGO Newark, the world’s flagship jazz radio station, and the 80th anniversary of the Benny Goodman Orchestra’s landmark performance at Carnegie Hall.

Each September since 2013, the NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band has brought together the university’s professional graduates with high-profile guests for a waterfront concert at Exchange Place. “This concert showcases the quality of NJCU degree programs in jazz, and is a way for us to share this talent with the Jersey City community,” explained President Sue Henderson. “Just as Benny Goodman inspired Paquito D’Rivera, we see NJCU as a source of inspiration and learning for current and future generations of jazz musicians and audiences."

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NJ Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology Signed Into Law by Governor Murphy

August 23, 2018


Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Speaker Craig Coughlin to re-establish the former New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology as New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology was signed into law by the Governor in mid-August.


At the inaugural meeting of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee on February 1, the panel received testimony from invited guests on ways to enhance and promote the state’s innovation ecosystem.  Asm. Zwicker, chair of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee, noted that the recurring theme among those who testified was to breathe new life into the Commission on Science and Technology.


“Reinstating the NJ Commission on Science and Technology and adding ‘Innovation’ to its name both emphasizes the rich history and the importance of NJ of innovation as an economic driver.  It also provides a focal point for the work we have already begun this year of spurring the creation of high-quality 21st century jobs for all New Jerseyans,” said Zwicker (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex and Hunterdon).  “The past work of the Commission accounted for economic growth, job creation and aid in the positioning of New Jersey as a global leader and I expect great things from this body of science and technology experts as we move forward.”


Assemblyman Zwicker also noted the importance of higher education institutions in the ability of the Science, Innovation and Technology Commission to achieve its goals.


“The NJ Commission on Science and Technology was a vital economic growth and job creation stimulus for the state and it will soon be again with its reinstatement,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex).  “The quality of work and of life for all New Jerseyans is enhanced through the development of its science and technological resources.  Earlier this year, we created a new Assembly standing committee focused on Science, Innovation and Technology to ensure New Jersey continues to encourage growth in these areas.  And today, by giving new life to this Commission, we seize another opportunity and begin to work on reclaiming New Jersey’s place at the forefront of the industry.”


Previously, the commission worked to maintain and develop programs addressed the future needs of New Jerseyans through novel collaborative research partnerships, workforce development, and research and development (R&D) programs.  It supported programs that addressed the continuum of commercialization in start-up companies and developed assistance programs in order to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies.


The Commission’s programs helped the creation or retention of over 2,000 high-paying science and technology jobs, during a period of economic recession.


Under the new law (formerly bill A-3652) the membership of the Commission will include 17 members:

  • Four public members appointed by the Governor;
  • Two public members appointed by the Governor by recommendations of the Senate President;
  • Two public members appointed by the Governor by recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly;
  • Two members of the Senate, who are not to be of the same political party, appointed by the Senate President as ex officio, non-voting members;
  • Two members of the General Assembly, who are not to be of the same political party, appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, as ex-officio, non-voting members;
  • The Secretary of Higher Education, ex-officio;The Commissioner of Education, ex-officio;
  • The Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority (EDA), ex-officio; and
  • Two presidents of the state’s public and private research institutions of higher education, as ex-officio, non-voting members.

Each public member is required to have a background and expertise in the field of science or technology, or in a business related to science and technology.

TESU and Bossier Parish Community College Partner to Strengthen Cybersecurity Workforce

 August 21, 2018

Thomas Edison State University (TESU) and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) in Bossier City, LA have partnered to help strengthen the cybersecurity workforce by graduating more cybersecurity professionals with bachelor’s degree credentials.


According to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), a nonprofit information security advocacy group, there will be a global shortage of approximately two million cybersecurity professionals by 2019.  ISACA also noted that 53 percent of organizations report it can take up to six months to find qualified security candidates.


“We are excited to work with Thomas Edison State to create a pathway for our students to help fill the need for cybersecurity professionals,” said Megan Martin, dean of BPCC’s Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division.  “The collaboration between our two institutions insures that graduates will be prepared and have the knowledge so needed in the cybersecurity field.  Our partnership sets a new standard for training the workforce.”


Through the agreement, students who earn associate applied-science degrees in cyber technology or systems administration with BPCC will be eligible to enroll in and graduate from the TESU’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree program.


“We are pleased to partner with Bossier Parish Community College in educating and graduating more bachelor’s-prepared cybersecurity professionals so that they can help to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce,” said Dr. John Aje, dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology at Thomas Edison State University.  “Our partnership with BPCC will allow students to complete their Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree online, on their own time at the university without sacrificing familial or job responsibilities.”


The university will accept up to 60 credits in transfer from students who have completed their associate degrees in cyber technology or systems administration at BPCC.  Bossier Parish Community college is just miles from Barksdale Air Force Base and has a longstanding relationship in serving the educational needs of those stationed at the base.

NJCU Launches Public Safety Program Facilitated by National and State Partnerships

 August 21, 2018


New Jersey City University (NJCU) now offers a non-credit Public Safety Program through its Professional Education and Lifelong Learning (PELL) Division.


First responders including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, and other trained members of organizations tasked with public safety-related work will receive training on a variety of public safety issues.


Registration is now open.  Classes will be held throughout the Fall 2018 semester on the main campus of NJCU at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.


Dr. Michael Edmondson, Dean of PELL, announced the Public Safety Program stating, “Our local and national partnerships make this important training program possible for first responders.  We have partnered with NJCU alum Paulo Henriques, who coordinated efforts; Joe Vasil, a document fraud expert; and the National Emergency Communications Institute (NECI), which will offer a three-day train-the-trainer series of workshops in November.”


The non-credit Public Safety program offered by NJCU will serve first responders in Jersey City, Hudson County, and the surrounding area, who seek additional training in the following subjects:


Registration discounts are available for those police, fire, or other related departments that register participants as a group.  The first class is scheduled for Friday, September 14, 2018.


For more information on the Public Safety Program at NJCU, contact Dr. Michael Edmondson, Dean, Professional Education and Lifelong Learning (PELL) at mailto:medmondson@njcu.edu or visit http://www.njcu.edu/publicsafetyprogram.

Governor Phil Murphy Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Communities with Opportunities for Valuable Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Legislation)
August 14, 2018

Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, signed bipartisan legislation to further foster economic growth in New Jersey through public-private partnership (P3) agreements between government entities and the private sector for building and highway infrastructure projects in the state. The bill, S-865, provides for financial oversight and approval of these agreements by the State Treasurer.

The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) and its senior public higher education institutional members worked diligently to gain passage of this legislation and make sure that the law permitting these partnerships had no expiration or “sunset,” as did prior P3 legislation.

“Today, I’m proud to enact bipartisan legislation that gives our communities greater opportunities to benefit from common sense public-private partnerships for essential construction and capital projects,” said Governor Murphy. “Democrats and Republicans alike recognize the tremendous benefits that can arise when public officials and private sector partners work together. By doing so, we give state, county, and local officials the much-needed flexibility they need to improve their communities while creating good-paying new jobs – in most cases good, union jobs – while leveraging private capital to invest in public infrastructure.”

Governor Murphy signed the bill at The College of New Jersey’s Campus Town development, a $120 million residential and retail town center project built collaboratively with private-sector partners. “Campus Town is an enormously successful public-private partnership between The College of New Jersey and The PRC Group,” said TCNJ President Kathryn A. Foster at the signing event. “This 350,000 square foot development provides attractive housing, retail outlets and amenities that we did not have and would not have without a P3 agreement.”  Read more here.

William Paterson University Director of Jazz Studies Collaborates with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall on New Album, Love is Here to Stay
August 13, 2018

Bill Charlap, internationally acclaimed pianist and director of William Paterson University’s Jazz Studies program, collaborated with music icons Tony Bennett and Diana Krall on Love Is Here to Stay, an all-Gershwin recording that features The Bill Charlap Trio. The Verve Records/Columbia Records album is set for a September 14 release.

Mr. Charlap, who joined William Paterson University in September 2015, is considered one of quintessential interpreters of the American Songbook. In addition to Mr. Bennett and Ms. Krall, he has performed with many leading artists from Phil Woods to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.

His trio comprises Charlap on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums.

Not only does Love Is Here to Stay feature The Bill Charlap Trio, but Mr. Charlap also served as co-producer for the album, along with Grammy Award winner Dae Bennett and executive producer Danny Bennett. The album will be released on CD, vinyl, digital and streaming platforms.

In it, Mr. Bennett and Ms. Krall share their love of George and Ira Gershwin’s music, performing duets of “Love Is Here to Stay,” “S’Wonderful,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Fascinating Rhythm,” among the hit parade of Gershwin tunes.

Bill Charlap and Tony Bennett have a successful history together. They won a Grammy Award for their 2016 collaboration, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.

Stockton Board Approves Purchase of Large Mixed-Use Property in Atlantic City, Near New Boardwalk Campus

August 8, 2018

The Stockton University Board of Trustees on August 8 authorized moving forward with a purchase agreement with TJM Properties for property near the new Atlantic City campus that will open in September.

The property includes 11 upland lots totaling approximately nine acres, one beach lot totaling approximately 11 acres, a nine-level parking garage containing approximately 550,000 square feet for parking and approximately 50,000 square feet of office space, and a 23-story hotel tower and improvements. The site, formerly the Atlantic Club, has been unoccupied since 2014. The seller, as part of the final agreement, would demolish the hotel tower.

Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said the proposed purchase is an investment in the future of both Stockton and Atlantic City. “We are buying our future,” Dr. Kesselman said. “And we are trying to make the best investment we can.”

President Kesselman said the proximity of the site to the new Atlantic City campus and the new University District makes this parcel attractive. “There is so much excitement around our new campus,” he said. “We want to be able to provide even more opportunities for New Jersey students to remain in the state to attend college”

Stockton anticipates an enrollment of 10,000 by 2020. Fall enrollment is expected to exceed 9,500. There is very limited growth potential in Galloway because of Pinelands environmental restrictions.

“This property will help secure Stockton’s future in Atlantic City,” Dr. Kesselman said. “As an Anchor Institution, Stockton is committed to playing a key role in the future of Atlantic City. It is important to the state that Atlantic City is successful, and we are a part of that economic engine.”

No timeline has been set for the closing. The university must first complete its review and due diligence. The trustees also approved a $72,500 contract with SOSH Architects to assess the site and produce a Due Diligence Report. The N.J. Office of the State Comptroller must also still review the final purchase and sale agreement. The price will be disclosed after the closing. The revenue generated from Stockton’s recent sale of the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway Township for $21 million will be allocated toward the purchase of the TJM property.

There are no immediate plans for construction on the land, but it provides space for additional academic, residential and retail use. The parking garage and surface lot will accommodate future anticipated parking needs for faculty, staff and students. The parking garage has office space Stockton can renovate and use or lease. Commercial space in the garage may also be renovated and leased.

The vote to move forward was unanimous among the seven participating trustees. Board of Trustees Chairwoman Madeleine Deininger said the trustees are excited about expanding the opportunities for students in Atlantic City.

“It is deeply moving to me to be part of this effort,” she said. She thanked President Kesselman and the entire Stockton team for its work.

Trustee Nelida Valentin – and alumnus of Stockton – said she hoped Stockton’s growth in the city would encourage more students to remain in New Jersey to attend college.

Stockton President Makes Compelling Statement on Campus Sexual Assault
August 7, 2018

Campus sexual assault: a reality that can’t be tolerated

In just a few weeks Stockton University will open a new campus in Atlantic City and welcome almost 1600 new freshmen to our campus in Galloway Township. They will arrive with the hopes and enthusiasm of those embarking on a great new adventure. Welcoming them and watching them grow to become civic-minded, responsible adults is the highlight of my job as president.

But in recent weeks several civil suits have been filed in federal court claiming that for some young women those hopes and enthusiasm have been shattered by sexual assault.

That any student on our campus should have to fear for their safety is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Yet sexual assault on campus is a reality. According to a 2017 report by the American Association of Universities, 23.1 percent of females and 5.4 percent of male undergraduate students surveyed at their member institutions reported experiencing “nonconsensual penetration or sexual touching involving physical force or incapacitation” since entering college. These are shocking statistics. We know Stockton is not immune, and we continue to work diligently to educate and protect our students.

Nearly 9500 students attend Stockton, more than half of them women. We care for our students as they are cherished members of our community. But, as we all know, no matter how hard we try we cannot always shelter those we care about from heartbreak and tragedy.

With recent reporting and heightened awareness of sexual misconduct in our society, it’s only natural we ask ourselves “Are we doing enough?” In response, we could produce a long list of all the warnings, programs, policies and procedures we initiate and support to protect our students. But this would suggest that somehow there is a line, an end to what can be done. As long as sexual assault occurs in our society, there is no “enough.”

We can feel no pride in having done all the right things if a victimized student sits with a counselor and says she is too distraught to attend class. We are extremely proud and supportive of the work our staff does every day, educating, counseling and supporting victims, often at a moment’s notice, at any time of the day or night. They exemplify our motto of “Students First.”

We are also proud of the students who have actively stood up and spoken out about sexual assault including our fraternities and sororities who have taken a leadership role in supporting sexual assault awareness initiatives such as the Teal Ribbon Program.

As a university we will continue, from orientation to graduation, to build a culture where we respect and care for each other. We will continue to work with law enforcement to hold predators accountable.

For any student who has been victimized, or knows of someone who has, please do not remain silent. No student should fear coming forward. We will stand with you.

As I look at the new buildings we have built, the new campus we are opening, I am excited at the opportunities they offer New Jersey students. But it is our students, not the buildings, who create the Stockton community. It is a welcoming, generous and caring community, one that cherishes each member and stands up to those who would do them harm.

Stockton University represents many things to different people: Education. Opportunity. Friendships. But to me and many others, Stockton means family.

As we prepare to open in September, I ask our South Jersey community to stand with us and support us as we welcome a new campus and a new class of Ospreys. We will take care of each other. Our students deserve nothing less.

_ Harvey Kesselman, president, Stockton University
Ramapo College Student is Sworn in as a Board Member of NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA)
August 7, 2018

Ramapo College Student Government President Stephan Lally was sworn in as a board member of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) in a ceremony at the organization’s office in Hamilton Township, NJ on Thursday, July 25, 2018. Stephan qualified for a one-year term with voting privileges on the HESAA board, when he became chair of the HESAA Student Advisory Committee.

“It is an honor and privilege to be able to continue my service to the students of Ramapo College thanks to my seat on the HESAA Board. I am looking forward to working with the HESAA Student Advisory Committee and the Student Advisory Committee Vice Chair Michael Scardina, as well as HESAA Executive Director David Socolow in making higher education in New Jersey more affordable and accessible for students across the state,” said Stephan, Ramapo class of 2020, and resident of Woodbridge, NJ.

HESAA is the only New Jersey state agency with the sole mission of providing students and families with financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school. Stephan said he was “particularly excited” to be a HESAA board member during the Murphy Administration, because the governor has put affordable higher education at the forefront of its agenda.

“The financial challenges for some students can be more overwhelming than the academic challenges,” said Stephan who, in his Ramapo Student Government role, helped implement a student food pantry that is going live in the fall, 2018.

HESAA programs and services include need-based and merit-based programs. Among them are New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG); part-time TAG for community college students; the Governor’s Urban Scholarship Program; the Governor’s Industry Vocations Scholarships and the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS and NJ STARS II).

A political science major, Stephan, in addition to serving as student government president, is a member of the Ramapo College Student Leader’s Trip to Ghana for two years and served this year as a student trip leader. Earlier this year, he was a recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Student Leadership Award for Second-Year Students. His interest in state government operations was elevated to the level of passion when he landed an internship in the NJ 19th District Legislative offices of Senator Joseph Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez.

“The students and families of New Jersey’s colleges and universities will be well-represented through Stephan’s service with HESAA,” said Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer. “His appointment to the HESAA board is emblematic of the rich talent and incredible capacity of the several hundred thousand undergraduate students enrolled in institutions across our state.”
TCNJ Nursing Students Trained to Assist in Local Public Health Emergencies
July 30, 2018

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) students continue to make a difference in the public health sector of our communities across the state and beyond.

Over the last two years, 70 TCNJ nursing students have been trained on the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) curriculum through collaboration with the Mercer County Division of Public Health.

These student MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources in preparing for and responding to emergencies at the local level. By having its own MRC team, TCNJ is able to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster or emergency.

“This past year we have certainly seen major disasters from wildfires in California to floods in the Midwest,” said Carole Kenner, Dean of TCNJ’s School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science.

“In New Jersey we experienced hurricane Sandy and saw how communities have to respond quickly. For TCNJ students who are involved in health professions education, they are knowledgeable about health risks and the need for clear, quick communication. Building on their knowledge, participating in MRC is a natural extension of their education. This experience fits with the TCNJ signature experiences and commitment to community engagement. Having MRC training also provides the students with a stronger resume when they graduate.”

The students also are available to help the Mercer County Division of Public Health during other emergencies, such as a natural disaster that may require the opening and operation of a Medical Needs Shelter in the County.

“I applaud those students who put in the time and effort necessary to be able to assist their campus and the greater community as MRC volunteers,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. “The MRC is an important element of the county’s overall emergency preparedness.”

Students who received the MRC training and have graduated are now equipped to serve as MRC volunteers in their hometown or another location.
NJCU Offers Innovative Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership
July 30, 2018

New Jersey City University now offers a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership (CCL).

Aspiring leaders enrolled in this doctoral program will graduate prepared to build, lead, and advance community colleges that are responsive to diverse community needs and excel in recruiting and graduating diverse student populations.

Applications will be accepted in Fall 2018, with the first cohort of candidates commencing their studies in July 2019.

The 55-credit program will be offered in a hybrid model that includes blended courses, online courses, and face-to-face courses, delivered over a three-year curriculum that includes a summer residency requirement and an international study component.

“This innovative doctoral program will build the leadership needed for ensuring excellence in community colleges, a sector of higher education that is vital to empowering diverse, underserved and underrepresented men and women, and closing achievement gaps. This Community College Leadership program clearly reflects our institutional commitment,” said NJCU President Sue Henderson.

The CCL doctorate program offered by NJCU will serve doctoral students with diverse career backgrounds, including those with experience in the leadership and administration of American or international two-year colleges.

Dr. Daniel J. Julius, NJCU Provost and Senior Vice President, said, “The Community College Leadership doctoral program is an exciting one that will be firmly grounded in research-based practices. It will position graduates for leadership roles in education globally. Graduates will have enormous potential to shape higher education and meet needs and challenges both in the U.S. and internationally.”

The program is committed to research-based practices in recruiting and supporting doctoral candidates who have the potential to excel and to achieve the program goals. By modeling these practices throughout, the program will prepare its graduates to carry these advocacy practices into their future community college leadership positions.

The guiding objectives of the doctoral program in CCL are organized around four major strands:

• Community College Leadership based on the Community College Standards identified by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC);
• Cultural/Global Competence;
• Financial and Entrepreneurial Leadership; and
• Technology Standards for Administrators.

The Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership is the third doctorate offered at NJCU; a Doctorate in Education in Educational Technology Leadership and a Doctorate of Science in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy are also offered.

For more information on the Community College Leadership doctoral program at NJCU, contact Dr. John Melendez, CCL Doctoral Program Coordinator, at jmelendez@njcu.edu, or visit www.njcu.edu/CCLDoctorate.
Rowan University Launches BA Degree in Sports Communication and Media - Unique in the Region
July 29, 2018

Rowan University’s College of Communication & Creative Arts (CCCA) announced the launch of a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Communication & Media (Sports CAM) degree, a unique-in-the-region program that focuses on the role communication and media play within the sports industry.

The program offers four sports communication-related concentrations: communication studies; journalism; public relations/advertising; and radio, television and film.

CCCA Dean Stanford Tweedie said the college, which for generations has prepared students for a variety of communication and media careers, created the 39-credit baccalaureate program and a shorter-sequenced minor to position graduates for an important market segment.

“The American appetite for sports is nearly insatiable,” Dean Tweedie said. “Trained sports communicators not only create content but help tell the human stories behind, within and of the games – analyzing, reporting, promoting and delivering content to consumers. In addition, media help bring focus not only to the competitive but to the social issues of sports and, by exploring these issues, our students will grow professionally and can positively impact society.”

Emil Steiner, a former reporter and editor at The Washington Post, has joined Rowan as coordinator of the Sports CAM program and is the first full-time faculty member hired to support it. Mr. Steiner was part of the Post newsroom team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting and was founding editor of the paper’s NFL-focused section The League.

The program is supported by Rowan’s new Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact, whose founding director is Dr. John Giannini, former men’s basketball coach of La Salle University, the University of Maine and Rowan, where his team won the 1996 Division III national championship.

Created initially to teach good writing, CCCA for more than 50 years has prepared students for a variety of rewarding careers in journalism, broadcasting, television, film, radio, advertising, public relations, art, the writing arts and communication studies.

For more information on the new program, visit go.rowan.edu/sportscam.

William Paterson University Radio Station is One of Five Stations in Nation Nominated for Prestigious National Award
July 27, 2018

William Paterson University’s student-run radio station, WPSC-FM (88.7) in Wayne, NJ, is one of five finalists in the nation and the only station in the Northeast nominated for the 2018 Marconi Award for “Noncommercial Station of the Year.”

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the finalists for the 2018 Marconi Radio Awards on July 16, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced September 27, 2018, at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show in Orlando, Florida. In addition to WPSC-FM, other nominees in the category include KHJK-FM in Rocklin, CA; WEEM-FM in Pendleton, IN; WUFT-FM in Gainesville, FL; and WWOZ-FM in New Orleans, LA.

“I am delighted that students at WPSC are being recognized with this prestigious nomination,” says Rob Quicke, William Paterson University communication department chair and general manager of WPSC-FM. “The students are diligent in their duties at the station and on related humanitarian efforts and I am proud that their enthusiasm and hard work is being recognized.”

William Paterson’s WP 88.7 FM has won a stream of awards, including being named Best Radio Station in the Nation (among institutions with more than 10,000 students) by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) four times since 2012. The station was previously nominated for the Marconi Award in 2015 and 2017. In addition to the station’s awards, eight students and recent graduates of William Paterson University’s communication department spent the last week of June in Vieques, Puerto Rico, to continue the volunteer work they started there in January. Accompanied by two faculty and two staff members, the groups’ primary goal was to assist WVQR 90.1 FM Radio Viequez, the community radio station serving Vieques, in its recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Maria to establish a ham radio network with funding organization Vieques Love to acquire equipment to build the network, license local operators, and distribute radios.

The College of New Jersey to Help Lead Civic Information Consortium
July 25, 2018

Early in July, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy approved legislation dedicating $5 million to the Civic Information Consortium, a first-of-its-kind nonprofit with a mission to revive, strengthen and transform local media in New Jersey.

TCNJ, along with Montclair State, NJIT, Rowan and Rutgers, will lead the collaborative effort to fund the information needs of residents around New Jersey, especially in underserved communities, low-income communities and communities of color.

Endeavors will include supporting longstanding and startup news outlets alike while also launching media-literacy and civic-engagement programs.

“The Civic Info Consortium will provide TCNJ students and faculty with some wonderful opportunities to innovate in the fields of media and technology,” said TCNJ journalism professor Donna Shaw. “Among other goals, the legislation specifically calls for the funding of projects that help train students in the practice of community storytelling, journalism, and media production.”

Free Press Action Fund conceived the legislation by drawing on more than two years of community input and engagement.

“Over the last 18 months, residents around the state spoke out in support of the Civic Info Bill,” said Mike Rispoli, the state director for Free Press Action Fud. “Thousands signed petitions, called their lawmakers, attended community forums and participated in lobby days at the statehouse. Their stories about how communities have suffered from years of media consolidation were the driving force to securing millions of dollars that will strengthen local news and information in towns and cities across New Jersey.

Eligible grant proposals must show the proposed work is in collaboration with at least one of the colleges and one media, technology, or community representative.

For more information on the Free Action Press Fund, please visit https://www.freepress.net/
Ramapo College and Touro College of Pharmacy Create a Fast-Track, Pharmaceutical Program
July 23, 2018

Ramapo College of New Jersey and Touro College of Pharmacy (TCOP) in Harlem have created a new pre-pharmacy program that will allow qualified students to earn both bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees in seven years. The program is designed to put students on a fast-track, saving time and cost.

Interested students can apply to the program through Ramapo College beginning September 1, 2018.

“Ramapo College is thrilled to enter into a partnership with Touro College of Pharmacy,” said Edward Saiff, Dean of the School of Theoretical and Applied Science at Ramapo College. “Students interested in a career in pharmacy will be able to begin their studies here at Ramapo and then move on to the Touro campus in New York City for their professional studies. Pharmacists are integral to any health care team and this partnership will offer Ramapo College students interested in the many dimensions of pharmacy a path to a wonderful career.”  Read more

New Jersey City University’s Center for the Arts Announces its Inaugural Director
July 16, 2018

New Jersey City University (NJCU) announces the appointment of Stephanie Chaiken as the inaugural full-time director of the NJCU Center for the Arts, a cultural hub for diverse performing, visual, film, and literacy arts in Jersey City and the surrounding metro-area.

Ms. Chaiken, a director with 25 years of experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, specializes in leadership, fundraising and community development for arts, education, and performance organizations. She was selected following a national search, and her appointment is effective July 16, 2018.

In announcing the appointment, President Sue Henderson said, “We are delighted to have Stephanie Chaiken, a talented professional with extensive experience in the arts, as a driving force on our creative team and as the inaugural director of NJCU’s Center for the Arts.”

“Nurturing and promoting the arts in the Jersey City community is one of our top priorities. We have achieved much since establishing the Center in 2016, and with Stephanie’s savvy and experience, we anticipate making many more contributions to cultural diversity and opportunity in Jersey City and Hudson County.”

The director of the Center for the Arts will work closely with Jason Kroll, NJCU vice president and chief strategy officer, who commented that “Ms. Chaiken will have the opportunity to assist the university in strengthening and expanding its arts identity and initiatives at a critical time in our development. NCJU is fortunate to have Stephanie on board to collaborate with our senior executive team, our faculty and staff, civic and arts community leaders, and members of the Center’s Arts Advisory Board, who are key individuals in the metropolitan cultural community.

“Ms. Chaiken will build upon the solid foundation that Alyssa Alpine so capably constructed in an advisory capacity as the Center for the Arts moved from concept to the thriving cultural resource it is today.”  Read more.

Stockton Polling Institute Predicts Winners and is a Winner
July 12, 2018

John Froonjian, a senior research associate at Stockton University has lots of opinions. Best of all, he gets paid to express them, but the opinions belong to others.

Soliciting opinions via opinion polls and then compiling and analyzing the results make up the “extremely gratifying” job of John Froonjian, who runs the Stockton Polling Institute, part of the Stockton University Hughes Center for Public Policy. Since 2012, he has immersed himself in thousands of opinions responding to hundreds of questions, a job that has provided academic researchers, administrators, business owners, and elected officials with information needed to carry out their work successfully.

The Stockton Polling Institute conducts independent public opinion polling on elections and issues of importance in southern New Jersey and across the state. It conducts about a dozen polls each year for the public, Stockton faculty, Stockton administrators and non-Stockton private clients.

A point of pride is that Stockton’s polls themselves are winners. Stockton’s final election polls always have predicted the correct winner. In addition, they predicted the winning spread within the margin error for president in 2016 and governor in 2017. Stay tuned for the upcoming elections in November 2018.

Stockton’s distinction among academic polling centers in New Jersey is two-fold: 1) it is one of the very few polling centers who poll at the legislative district level; and 2) it has its own calling center.

“We have a staff of 90-120 interviewers, the vast majority of them being Stockton students, who make the calls from a dedicated call center right on the Stockton campus. This provides some student employment that also teaches qualitative research skills. The only downside is that it does limit the times when we can conduct polling to the academic year, when students are available to work,” said John.

As soon as the students return to school in a few weeks, the call center will be buzzing with calls about the open Congressional District Two race. The race may generate a higher response rate than usual, and “usual” these days generally means a low response rate.

“This is how it is with many polling operations today, response rates are extremely low, sometimes in the single digits …. Fortunately, research has shown that low response rates have not hurt accuracy when good methodology is employed. We definitely find that interesting poll topics produce greater participation,” said John, who noted that the past year featured “interesting” topics with healthy response rates. Topics included: marijuana legalization, Governor Murphy, President Trump, gun control, immigration, New Jersey’s economy, and federal income tax overhaul. Read more.

Stockton Report Indicates New Jersey Beaches are in Better Shape than Before Hurricane Sandy
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.”
Read more.

William Paterson University Galleries Awarded an NEA Grant to Celebrate NJ Artist Ben Shahn
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.

New Jersey City University (NJCU) Receives Grant to Address Tobacco Use on Campus

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

David Leonhardt
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.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Tells Kean University’s Class of 2018 to Find Power in Kindness
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.

NJ Governor Murphy Transmits Words of Wisdom to Stockton’s Graduates on the Boardwalk
May 14, 2018

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
Read more.

2018 Quick Takes

William Paterson is First Institution in New Jersey to Support Reverse Transfer Initiative Granting Associate Degrees to Community College Transfer Students - May 9, 2018

Ramapo Appoints New Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs - May 1, 2018

Kean University Graduate College Commencement: Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr. to Deliver Address - May 1, 2018

Ramapo College Commencement: Congressman Gottheimer to Deliver Address - May 1, 2018

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

William Paterson Events in April Highlight Excellence of Research and Scholarship Initiatives - April 9, 2018

Thomas Edison State University Fills Position of Chief of Staff/Board Secretary - April 5, 2018

Lesniak Institute at Kean Hosts its Inaugural Event: “Youth Against Gun Violence: Keep the Movement Going” - April 4, 2018

Rutgers Associate Athletic Director Will Become NJCU’s Associate VP and Director of Athletics - March 29, 2018

Dr. Kathryn A. Foster Named TCNJ’s 16th President - March 27, 2018

Second Annual “No Hate” Town Hall at Kean University to Explore Injustice, Poverty and Racism in New Jersey - March 14, 2018

William Paterson University Names a New President:  Dr. Richard Helldobler - March 9, 2018

William Paterson University Graduation Will Feature Keynote Address from WCBS-TV Anchor Kristine Johnson - March 7, 2018

NJCU New Jersey 50 Index Issues an Economic Report Card - March 6, 2018

William Paterson’s Radio Station Named the Best College Radio Station - March 6, 2018

William Paterson Communications Professor Goes for a Gold in Researching the Role of Social Media at the 2018 Winter Olympics - March 1, 201

A Conversation with NJ Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Chair of the Assembly Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee - February 23, 2018

NJCU and Jersey City – Perfect Together in Ethnic Diversity and Excellence  February 23, 2018

COMMENCEMENT NEWS:  Stockton’s 2018 Commencement at Boardwalk Hall will Feature Governor Phil Murphy February 21,2018

Kean University Scientist, Designers Suppoort Portable Operating Room Project - February 20, 2018

NJCU Celebrates Black History Month with Its Gil Noble Collection of Legendary Programs from WABC-TV’s Pioneering Public Affairs Series, ‘Like It Is’ - February 15, 2018

Journalist Bob Woodward to Kick Off New Distinguished Lecture Series at Kean University - February 14, 2018

Former NJASCU Executive Director Michael Klein is Honored by William Paterson University Board of Trustees - February 9, 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

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch Speaks at Stockton University about Upholding America’s Founding Principles - January 24, 2018

Ramapo Receives a Million Dollar Grant to Provide Recovery Housing and a Comprehensive Drug-Recovery Program - January 24, 2018

TCNJ Launches Speech Pathology and Audiology Major - January 22, 2018

William Paterson Launches the Nation’s First Graduate Degree in Professional Sales for Working Executives - January 21, 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

William Paterson Professor is Lead Researcher in an Infant Mortality Study that Proves State Mandated Screening Policies Reduce Infant Deaths - December 5, 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

Stockton’s Hughes Center Honors NJ Leaders Renowned for Civility; Joe Biden Gives Keynote - November 13, 2017

NJCU Stepped Up to Support Residents of Hurricane Devastated Areas: Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Houston - November 13, 2017

William Paterson University Signs Agreement with American College of Dubai to Pursue Cooperative Academic Goals - November 8, 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

Kean University and Middlesex County College Sign Joint Admissions Agreement - October 4, 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

William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron to Retire at End of 2017-2018 Academic Year - August 22, 2017

Stockton Reaches Beyond Atlantic City to Connect with Panama in a Language Training Initiative - August 15, 2017

A Little Research Reveals a Lot of Research at NJASCU Schools - July 17, 2017

TCNJ’s Barbara Gitenstein Will Retire in June 2018, After 19 Years as President - July 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

Thomas Edison State University President Pruitt is Retiring after 35 Years of Service to the University - June 8, 2017

Stockton is Responding to Big Data in a Big Way – a New Master’s in Data Science and Strategic Analytics - June 8, 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 Rated in Top 25 in Nation by Student Loan Report for Financial Aid to First Year Students - June 2, 2017

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

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

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

NJASCU CEO Michael Klein Leads a Discussion about State Support of Higher Education Institutions - April 21, 2017

Stockton University Breaks Ground on its $178 Million Atlantic City Residential Campus as Part of Atlantic City's Gateway Project - April 20, 2017

Recession is Long Gone, So Where's the Money for NJ Colleges? - April 13, 2017

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

An Interview with Mike Klein- Starving the Beast, Endangering the Future - April 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

WPU is a "WilliamPaterson Safe" Campus for Immigrants Regardless of Immigration Status - March 5, 2017

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

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

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

Stockton Faculty Research:  Civics Lessons in College Could Increase Political Participation - 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 President Waldron Inspires All to Exercise the Precious Right to Vote - November 7, 2016

Stockton Poll Puts Clinton Ahead of Trump in New Jersey and Indicates Thumbs Down to Casino Expansion - October 7, 2016

William Paterson University Has Civic Engagement in its DNA - October 6, 2016

Making College Affordable Through Generosity:  WPU Receives $200,000 in Scholarship Money from Give Back Foundation - September 29, 2016

Stockton Celebrates Its Roots, Trunk and Branches with the Inauguration of President Harvey Kesselman - September 26, 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

Ramapo's Krame Center for Mindful Living Partners with UMass Medical School's Center for Mindfulness - September 21, 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

New Documentary on Paterson and Its People by William Paterson University Professor Vincent Parrillo Will Air on NJTV - August 30, 2016

International Educator Ed Petkus is Ramapo's New Dean of Business School - August 20, 2016

Thomas Edison State University Executive Receives Prestigious Honor from NJBiz - August 17, 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

Research from WPU Professor Reveals Blatant Health Violation at Majority of NYC Nail Salons - August 9, 2016

Stockton Plans Art Exhibit on Economic Inequality - August 4, 2016

Stockton Receives $380,000 Federal Grant for Brain Research - August 1, 2016

Ramapo College Recognized for Innovative Student Retention Initiative - July 28, 2016

Kean University to Launch Three New Master's Degree Programs - July 28, 2016

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

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

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

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

NJCU Appoints a Transformative Leader as Dean of Its College of Arts and Sciences - July 20, 2016

Ramapo College Wins National Grant to Support the Jane Addams Papers Project - July 7, 2016

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

Stockton President Outlined Stockton's Atlantic City Campus Plans at Alliance for Action Event - June 8, 2016

New Jersey City University and NJTV Announce Broadcasting Partnership - June 7, 2016

Stockton Hughes Center Research:  Demographic Profile of NJ Legislature Remains Basically Unchanged - and Unrepresentative of Constituents - May 31, 2016

William Paterson University Music Professor Mixes It Up with Art and Athleticism - May 27, 2016

New Jersey City University Hosts Prestigious International Business Conference, June 3-4, 2016 - May 16, 2016

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

Kean University Honors 2016 Distinguished Alumni - May 9, 2016

WPU Professor Robin Schwartz Honored with 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for Distinguished Accomplishment in Photography - April 11, 2016

Captain Mark Kelly and Entrepreneur Brandon Stanton are Commencement Speakers for Kean University April 8, 2016

Darryl Greer at Stockton's Hughes Center Authors "Measuring College Outcomes" based on a Poll of Recent College Graduates - April 1, 2016

Terrorism Expert Speaking at Stockton on Eve of Terror in Belgium  Urges Moderating Political Rhetoric - March 22, 2016

WPU Commits to a National Campaign to Advance Women Leaders in Higher Education - March 18, 2016 

Montclair State University Meets Criteria of a "Hispanic-Serving Institution" - March 10, 2016

Stockton University Takes on a Prominent Voice in TED Talks Initiative - March 4, 2016

William Paterson University Explores the Complexity of Humans and Nature Coexisting with One Another - March 4, 2016

New Jersey City University Offers Debt-Free Promise Program for New Jersey Residents with Family Incomes of $60,000 or Less - February 23, 2016

Thomas Edison State University Makes Creative Collaboration the Basis of a Quality, Affordable, Dual-Admission Nursing (BSN) Program - February 22, 2016 

Stockton University's Hughes Centers Enlightens Homeowners on the Risks of Reverse Mortgages - February 17, 2016 

Stockton President Harvey Kesselman Receives National Recognition for "Giving Back" to his Campus and Community -

February 16, 2016

Montclair State University Earns Research Doctoral University Designation from Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education - February 2, 2016 

Stockton University and New Jersey City University are the only New Jersey Institutions Selected for AASCU's New Project to Redesign Students' First-Year College Experience - February 2, 2016 

Thomas Edison State University Launches its First Doctoral Program - January 28, 2016 

Stockton Pursues Significant Higher Education Initiatives in Atlantic City and on the Galloway Campus, Thanks to Showboat Sale and Other Fiscal Developments - January 21, 2016 

William Paterson University Opens $40 Million Health Sciences Education Academic Building - January 13, 2016 

Thomas Edison State College Makes the Grade - and Becomes a University - January 11, 2016 

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