(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 19, 2016
MAHWAH, N.J. — Ramapo College of New Jersey was recently recognized by Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and COMMERCE Magazine at the organization’s 3rd Annual Best Practice Conference. Business leaders throughout the State were asked how they use teamwork and collaboration to drive success and what winning strategy encourages staff to pursue a common mission, goal or achievement.
Ramapo College’s response included the following reflection from President Peter Mercer:
“To foster interdisciplinary collaboration and service excellence on campus, the College’s Team Project Award was established in 2015. The Award is focused on recognizing collaboration across the College’s units/departments. Winning teams demonstrate (1) completion of a significant outcome or project in support of the College’s Strategic Plan, (2) collaboration, (3) the breaking down of explicit or implicit barriers, (4) creative thinking, and (5) a diverse team composition. Additionally, the award recipients are formally recognized at the Board’s annual June meeting. The winning team in 2015 was recognized for implementing a system of early alerts regarding student academic progress. The team was comprised of ten faculty and staff from across the college’s three major divisions.”
President Mercer’s initiative was chosen from a field of 115 entries which was reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of representatives of higher education and business in New Jersey.
More than 150 executives participated in the conference which featured a keynote speech from Jonathan Gilliam, a national security expert and former U.S. Navy SEAL, who often appears as a CNN commentator.
CIANJ represents more than 900 corporate members and works to advance free market principles.
“It makes so much sense to focus on best practice because they are at the core of what we do at Commerce and Industry Association,” said Martin Kafafian, managing partner at the Beattie Padovano law firm, who chairs the CIANJ board of directors. “CIANJ is all about helping business grow and thrive. What better way to accomplish that, than to share best practices, the experience – the knowledge and lessons learned by running a business.”
Photo caption: Cathleen Davey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Ramapo College and Executive Director, Ramapo College Foundation, accepts on behalf of President Peter Mercer the award from CIANJ Chairman Martin Kafafian.
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 Niche.com.
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 CollegesofDistinction.com. 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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