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Reaching Ramapo’s Next Level – Igniting Our Passion

Ramapo College is no longer the “hidden gem” in New Jersey.  We have developed a strong reputation, and are poised to engage with citizens of our state and beyond.  The steps to approach this next level require us, as a community, to imagine and create new or redesigned centers, programs, projects, and initiatives that result in resources for the College.

As part of the College’s 2021-2022 Strategic Planning Process, the Needs Statement Process serves to empower the Ramapo community to develop centers or programs that advance our understanding of issues that affect the lives of citizens in the 21st century, and widen and deepen the reputation of our institution.  The Process is informed in part by The Future Series.

The Needs Statement Process is aimed at identifying priority needs and securing resources for the centers, programs, projects and initiatives that are developed.  Once established, the centers, programs, projects and initiatives will attract resource streams to continue, and potentially build, activities that advance the mission for Ramapo students and the larger communities beyond the College.

This is an all-hands-on deck opportunity for Units/Schools to collaborate within and across divisions to assess needs and produce proposals.  The intent of the Process is to insure participation by all sectors of the College.

As faculty members and staff members develop ideas for Priority Need Proposals, we will be posting them here.  Click the button below to see the ideas that are in progress.



Time Line

October 2021

  • Advancement/Foundation staff meet with College VPs and department managers/Deans to explain the Needs Statement Process

November 2021

  • VP Cristini explains the Process at Faculty Assembly and other Division meetings

 November 2021 – January 2022

  • Department managers/Deans work with their staffs and the VP to identify their top ideas and needs
  • The Future Series events take place (through to March 2022)
  • VPs coordinate intra- and inter-Division meetings to focus and refine the ideas, and the staff involved prepare a Priority Need Proposal (or PNP, links to the proposal form and budget are below)

 February 2022

  • PNPs are discussed by the Cabinet, prioritized, and approved by the President

March 2022

  • Approved PNPs are provided to the Ramapo College Foundation.  View the Funding Your PNP webinar hosted by Foundation staff.
  • Advancement/Foundation staff work with the President, Cabinet, and individuals involved in the approved PNPs to secure resources from donors and private foundations.  There is no guarantee that funding will be secured for all PNPs.


Submit A Priority Need Proposal (PNP)

Complete a Priority Need Proposal by submitting the following form.  Applicants are encouraged to consult with VP Cristini or the Grants Office staff (X-7374) to answer any questions.

Click here to preview the questions in the form.  Download the PNP Budget Worksheet which is a required element of the form.

Application Form