Ramapo College recognized for its influential leadership and innovative learning environment


originally published: 09/24/2022

(MAHWAH, New Jersey) — Ramapo College of New Jersey has emerged at the forefront of higher education in the state for its influential leadership, innovative hands-on instruction, and state-of-the-art learning environment.

ROI-NJ, a corporate media company and authoritative source for news and connections impacting New Jersey’s economic players, recently recognized Ramapo College in several categories of its annual Influencers of Higher Education rankings. 2022.

President Cindy R. Jebb was listed among the most influential college presidents in the state. Dr. Jebb became the fifth president of Ramapo College in July 2021. She retired from the U.S. Army after 39 years of service at the rank of brigadier general, professor emeritus, and as the first female dean of the academic board of the US Military Academy at West Indicate.

During Dr. Jebb’s first year as President, the College implemented its Fall Operations Plan with the priority of ensuring a healthy, healthy, safe and vibrant student experience, while embracing a culture of dignity and respect marked by empathy, equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition, the College has attracted renowned speakers, obtained several federal grants and launched a bold program Strategic planning process through a series of campus-wide future-focused summits, an innovative statement of needs process, and comprehensive campus facilities planning.

The College’s Forensic Genealogy Innocence Lab was named one of 15 unique academic programs at colleges across the state. The course, led by Assistant Professor David Gurney, Law & Society, includes the use of genetic genealogy to identify families from DNA evidence left at crime scenes. Students use emerging forensic genetic genealogy tools to help solve wrongful conviction cases using real client records.

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In addition, students receive hands-on instruction focused on the use of traditional genealogy, criminal procedures and post-conviction relief, and confidentiality in legal and genealogical contexts.

ROI also noted for “construction that hasn’t stopped during the pandemic” was the completion of The Peter P. Mercer Learning Commonswhich opened in September 2021. The project completely redesigned the former library space by modernizing and expanding the building’s footprint to provide state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, meeting rooms, and more. group and individual study, media centers, on-site technology resources, a makerspace design lab, cafe, archives, research centers and projects, and displays breathtaking mountain views from Ramapo.

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