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Stockton Summer Programs Earn

National Recognition and Top Rankings


Joint Statistical Report Compiled by Four Prestigious Summer School Associations Gives Stockton High Rankings in Enrollment, Summer Semester Credit Hours, and Undergraduate Summer Credit Load


For Immediate Release

Monday, June 05, 2006

Contact:   Tim Kelly

                  Stockton Public Relations

                  (609) 652-4950


GALLOWAY TWP., N.J. –The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, already ranked in the Top Six Public Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in the latest rankings and in the Top Five for two of the previous three years, has a new set of honors – this time for its highly successful summer programs.


Summer Session Associations’ Joint Statistical Report for Summer 2005 was sponsored by the research committees of five summer session associations (Association of University Summer Sessions, North American Association of Summer Sessions, North Central Conference on Summer Schools and Western Association of Summer Session Administrators).


The report ranked Stockton first in the nation among all private and public colleges in undergraduate summer enrollment (headcount) for schools in the size range of 5,001 to 10,000 enrollments.


Stockton also came out number one in the nation in summer semester credit hours among both public and private colleges and universities of comparable size.


“It is gratifying to have comprehensive empirical and comparative data to confirm what he have known for a long time about our summer programs,” said G. Jan Colijn, Dean of General Studies, Summer School Budget Unit Manager and longtime Stockton faculty member. “We are delivering a high quality, affordable and accessible education and meeting the needs of our community.”


The report was authored by Allan Fanjoy, Administrator of Special Sessions at the University of Delaware, and Ron Wasserstein, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.


As impressive as Stockton’s performance in the national report may have been, Colijn predicts even brighter days ahead for Stockton’s summer programs.  The 2005 course offerings were somewhat hampered by extensive construction on Stockton’s campus. However, as Stockton’s physical plant grows to meet its current space limitations The College is currently in the final phases of construction of a $14 million, 27,152 sq. ft. expansion of one of its academic wings to add much needed classroom and office space as well as a lecture hall, 32 offices and many other amenities.   Colijn said “Stockton’s summer programs should keep pace.”


“Additionally, our graduate programs are relatively new, having been in existence less than 10 years,” Colijn said.  “New graduate programs will be added and existing ones will grow in the years to come.  One can anticipate more steady, continued growth in the size and number of the undergraduate and graduate summer programs.”