Stockton Accreditation Reaffirmed With Two Commendations
Stockton College recently became one of the select few institutions in the nation to have its accreditation reaffirmed with two commendations by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The designation confirms Stockton's superior performance and acknowledges the College is fulfilling its mission to maintain an environment for excellence for New Jersey students.
Much of the work for accreditation, which is for a 10-year term, was initiated through Stockton’s 2020 Strategic Planning process using a “balanced scorecard” approach developed at Harvard University.
Stockton was evaluated by a team of representatives of peer institutions. The team issued a report praising the College for its emphasis on teaching and learning and a “uniform commitment to students on the part of the faculty, administration and staff.”
A periodic review report is due in June 2017, and no further follow-up is required. In many cases such a follow-up is the standard procedure, and the fact that Stockton was not asked to provide it is an unusual step, according to President Herman J. Saatkamp.
"I am quite gratified the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed our accreditation in such a positive and decisive way,” he said. “This designation confirms our excellence as an institution as we fulfill our mission to maintain an environment for excellence for New Jersey students.”
The MSCHE announcement indicates the College mission, goals and performance standards are being achieved at a time when Stockton is completing its 40th anniversary of teaching and looking ahead toward a very promising future,” he said.
College Has $442 Million Total Economic Benefit to Region, Study Shows
A recently released Economic Impact Study shows The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey generates a $442 million annual impact to the region.
The report, produced by the Office of External Affairs, indicated the College generates operating revenues in excess of $100 million annually.
“In addition to our role as an educational hub and cultural driver of the region, Stockton is a strong economic engine," President Herman J. Saatkamp said. “We knew this prior to embarking on this study. The results, however, show a much larger impact than we had anticipated.”
The report, Economic Impact Report, Fiscal Year 2011 (click on title for online access), examined four areas of importance: direct spending (defined as purchases, wages and expenditures by Stockton students); volunteer services; alumni earnings contribution to the economy; and job creation.
The report revealed that Stockton, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of teaching, nearly doubled its economic impact since a similar study was last done in 2005.
Stockton’s economic impact on the region means a great deal to the growth, vitality and quality of life in southern New Jersey and the entire state, Dr. Saatkamp said. “Conversely, the growth, vitality and quality of life in the region nurtures Stockton’s growth. This report quantifies and places the College’s contributions in a relatable context.”
Some report highlights:
- Stockton invested nearly $33 million in capital improvements last fiscal year
- Payroll expenditures total nearly $81 million and the College employs 2,400 full and part-time workers
- 1,317 student volunteers contributed more than 41,000 hours of community service
Dante Hall Is New Home of Bay-Atlantic Symphony
Stockton President Herman Saatkamp, seated, is joined by (l-to-r) Bay-Atlantic Symphony Board President Robert Woodruff, Executive Director Paul D. Herron, Music Director Jed Gaylin and Stockton Board of Trustees Chair Stanley Ellis.
Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp and representatives from the Bay-Atlantic Symphony recently signed an agreement to make The Richard Stockton College – Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City the official home to the Symphony.
Bay-Atlantic Symphony Executive Director Paul D. Herron, Music Director Jed Gaylin and Board President Robert Woodruff were in attendance at the signing ceremony.
“We are pleased to welcome the Bay-Atlantic Symphony to the Atlantic City Arts District and look forward to their music and upcoming concerts,” President Saatkamp said. “We recently marked the one-year anniversary of Stockton’s collaboration with Dante Hall Theater and there is no better way to celebrate that milestone than by welcoming a symphony of world-class musicians to the venue.”
The Bay-Atlantic Symphony, founded in 1983, became the Stockton Performing Arts Center’s Orchestra in Residence in 1993. Their new Atlantic City presence will further extend the Symphony’s reach and bring live music to a diverse audience. In 2011, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony performed five free concerts at Dante Hall Theater, which brought live concert music to more than 500 community members.
Four concerts by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony are scheduled for October 4-7, 2012, at Dante Hall Theater for the Atlantic City Music Festival.
Higher Education Think Tank Convenes at Stockton
Darryl G. Greer
The Center for Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance (HESIG) at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey recently convened with the first meeting of its Steering Council.
The group met in an informal setting for the open and free exchange of ideas as to the best ways to improve access and affordability of higher education in the United States and throughout New Jersey.
“The work of this group is critically important to the future of higher education,” President Herman Saatkamp said. “We are positioned to be the leading state and national resource in college opportunity, affordability and public accountability.”
To that end, the group of 30 higher education leaders gathered for a full day to identify and address the most critical issues and to establish HESIG’s agenda for dealing with them. The meeting was facilitated by Senior Fellow Darryl G. Greer, who recently came to Stockton following a 25-year career as Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Greer has established a national reputation for policy leadership and advocacy.
“We have much work ahead of us, as New Jersey faces huge challenges related to college capacity for accepting students, price of higher education, equity and the workforce readiness of our graduates,” Dr. Greer said. “Collaborating with others, HESIG can play a vital role in helping find solutions tied to a broad public agenda.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, the group concluded New Jersey’s and the nation’s top policy challenges are the basic financial support for colleges, affordability and building public trust.
“The good news is that these problems provide opportunities to find solutions,” Dr. Greer said. They include accelerated degree completion by students, forging new partnerships of groups sharing an interest in higher education, and developing a broader public higher education agenda with a well-coordinated effort and defined roles for each segment of the higher education community.
The top advice from the HESIG Steering Council included:
- To recommend and evaluate strategic policy options and priorities for higher education that complement larger regional and state needs.
- To promote public engagement strategies to build public trust (such as scientific polling) to help define the means by which policy makers and citizens can agree on outcomes and means for achieving and measuring success.
- To serve as an “honest broker” that is an objective voice for policy options related to higher education and to recommend strategies free of political or institutional interest.
Greer indicated that an immediate next step is to synthesize advice, consult further with Stockton colleagues and others, and to prepare a specific plan of engagement for 2012-13, including seeking state and national funding partners.
The vast majority of Stockton alumni retain their southern New Jersey roots. Stockton’s alumni totaled 41,000 individuals at the conclusion of fiscal year 2011. According to the Office of Alumni Affairs, 77 percent of the Stockton grads reside in the southern region of New Jersey.
Source: Office of Alumni Affairs.
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