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CIANJ President Anthony Russo presents the Best Practices Award to Cathleen Davey, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who accepted on behalf of Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer.

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey was recognized by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine which recently hosted their 4th Annual Best Practices Conference on September 12.

The College’s Pathways Program, a comprehensive curriculum designed to help students cultivate a rich understanding of the career development process, was recognized at the event which saluted innovation in the workplace.  Susan A. Vallario, who serves as member of the College’s Board of Trustees, said, “The Pathways Program at the College represents so much of what is distinctive about a Ramapo education. It provides our talented students with hands-on career mentorship that complements the essential critical thinking and analytical skills they have developed through their coursework and civic engagement.”

Ramapo’s submission is listed below:

Ramapo College’s unique Pathways Program helps students gain a rich understanding of the career development process and promote self-awareness and experiential learning as they venture into life beyond college. The Pathways Program, designed by the dean and faculty in each of the college’s five schools, offers personalized transition opportunities to help every student prepare for their post-graduation experience.

In coordination with a student’s chosen area of study, the Pathways Program includes components required for degree completion, such as an approved cover letter, resume and professional profile; videotaped interview for work application; and a 30- and 60-second “elevator pitch” among others. Special Pathways coordinators within each school help students secure internships, focus on career, graduate and/or professional school, service organizations, and transition time from college to employment acceptance.

The success rate speaks for itself: Since its inception, 94 percent of the Pathways participants in Ramapo’s Anisfield School of Business have successfully completed the program. Additionally, 87 percent of Ramapo alumni are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.

Business executives were asked to share their thoughts on winning strategies they use to distinguish their businesses in the marketplace. Best Practices Awards were given to company and business leaders selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges assembled by CIANJ. The association represents more 900 corporate members and works to advance free market principles.



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, 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, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, 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, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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