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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)May 31, 2006

(Mahwah) – Dr. Sharon Rubin, a professor of American Studies and literature, was named the director of the Ramapo College Honors Program.  The two-year appointment becomes effective July 1.  Students selected for the program work directly with faculty on honors projects that provide an added layer of challenge to their coursework and participate in specialized trips and lectures.  There are currently 90 students in the program.

My goals are to raise the visibility of the College Honors Program on and off campus and to serve the current honors students as well as I can,” Rubin says.  In that regard, she plans to form focus groups comprised of students and faculty to provide insight into what the College Honors Program might become.  Students admitted to the program are accepted based on an application that includes a short essay, high school records and SAT scores. 

Rubin came to Ramapo College in 1993 as vice president for academic affairs and served in that capacity until 2000.  She is now a professor of American Studies and teaches courses in the areas of American studies, humanities and the College’s First Year Seminar.  Over the course of her career, Rubin has written and consulted extensively about experiential learning, a cornerstone of Ramapo College’s mission statement. 

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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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