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N.J. Secretary of Higher Education Visits Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 5, 2018

Secretary Smith Ellis, center, with students Stephan Lally and Khiabet Cordero.

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College welcomed N.J. Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis to the campus on October 3.

Secretary Smith Ellis, who was accompanied by Deputy Secretary Diana Gonzalez, met with College President Peter P. Mercer and other Ramapo representatives before embarking on a walking tour of the campus led by Student Ambassador Calron Dover.

“Having the opportunity today to formally introduce Secretary Smith Ellis and Deputy Secretary Gonzalez to Ramapo College of New Jersey was both fulfilling and inspiring,” said Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer. “Our students, as well as members of the faculty, staff and administration, discussed with them a range of issues, including student access and success, state support and funding, and the lifelong benefits of a public liberal arts college education.”

Other key topics of discussion included retention and graduation rates, the Equal Opportunity Funding program, Upward Bound Science and Math Program, and grant opportunities, among other state higher education initiatives.

Secretary Smith Ellis and Deputy Secretary Gonzalez enjoyed lunch and a lively discussion with students before departing.


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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