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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 27, 2009

MAHWAH – Ramapo College of New Jersey received a $100,000 Success for Veterans Award Grant from the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Wal-Mart Foundation.  Grants were given to 20 institutions across the United States that operate model programs advancing access and success in higher education for veterans and their families.

The grants will support efforts to create online veterans-specific orientation programs, expand on-campus veterans service centers, enhance prospective student outreach efforts and increase capacity for counseling and psychological services.

The institutions receiving these grants currently enroll nearly 25,000 veterans.  When expanded GI Bill benefits become available in August, it is anticipated that these numbers will increase by approximately 20 percent, giving institutions that received the grant money the opportunity to serve nearly 30,000 veterans this fall.

ACE received nearly 250 applications for Success for Veterans Award Grants.  Selection criteria included quality and sustainability of the existing programs and initiatives, as well as strategies for disseminating best practices to other institutions.

The ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Award Grants are part of ACE’s Serving Those Who Serve initiative, a multi-year effort designed to effect major changes in how veterans learn about their education benefits and postsecondary options and how institutional leaders can build capacity to serve veterans on their campuses.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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