Degree Completion

Thu
19
Sep

Casino Waitress Returns to School to Earn a Rutgers Degree

Ana Lopez

Life is a gamble, but Ana Lopez knew going back to school would better the odds.

A cocktail waitress at Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, Lopez had seen people taking risks for years. She also realized getting a college degree was one of the safest bets she could make, although she had put it off for more than a decade.

Mon
04
Mar

Denise Washington Never Gave Up on Earning a Rutgers Degree

Denise Washington

On her journey as an adult going back to school to complete an associate’s and then a bachelor’s degree, Denise Washington overcame hurdles that would daunt most people. She lost her job and then her husband. Still, she was determined to finish her education, something her spouse had always encouraged, and the drive to succeed also motivated her to get healthy and lose 100 pounds along the way.

Read more on Rutgers Today

Mon
07
May

Q&A with Alice Hoffman, Bestselling Author and Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers’ Conference Opening Keynote Speaker

Alice Hoffman, Bestselling Author and Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers’ Conference Opening Keynote Speaker

SOMERSET, NJ— Alice Hoffman has been called “America’s literary heir to the Brothers Grimm,” and her remarkable “fables of the everyday” have enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Property Of, in 1977.

Thu
12
Apr

Rutgers–Brookdale Partnership to Open in Lincroft

Rutgers students at Brookdale Community College

LINCROFT, NJ – Area students will soon be able to earn Rutgers University bachelor’s degrees at Brookdale Community College’s flagship campus in Lincroft as part of an expanded Rutgers University–Brookdale Partnership, which launches this fall.

The partnership, first established in 1998 at Brookdale’s Freehold campus, allows students to earn a Brookdale associate degree and transfer seamlessly into a Rutgers degree program, completing all coursework at one Monmouth County location. Enrolled students also have access to a variety of university resources, including registration, financial aid, and career search assistance.

The program, which currently serves up to 400 area students each semester, will move this September to larger offices in Brookdale’s Larrison Hall building, located on the Lincroft campus.

Wed
26
Jul

Asbury Park: Rutgers Course Charts Seaside City’s Ups and Downs

Class on a tour of Asbury Park, NJ

Read more at Rutgers Today.

Tue
21
Feb

Q&A With Governor Tom Kean

Governor Thomas Kean

Reflections on the 30-Year Success of the Alternative Route Teaching Program

Before this program “Einstein could not have taught math in New Jersey” on the K-12 level"

Just over 30 years ago, Governor Tom Kean proposed landmark education reform through the Alternative Route Certification Program, which radically changed existing teacher training and certification laws.  The legislation allowed those with a bachelor’s degree in key subject areas to shorten the route to teacher certification and eliminate many education course requirements. This program is now an integral part of not just the New Jersey teacher employment system, but also is employed in many states nationwide.

Kean, who was the state’s 48thGovernor and is known worldwide for his role as chairman of the 9/11 Commission, reflects on the success of the Alternative Route Certification Program.

How did you know that this idea and the resulting legislation would be so successful?

Mon
16
May

Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University–Camden Sign Conditional Acceptance Agreement

Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University–Camden Sign Conditional Acceptance Agreement

Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University–Camden signed a Conditional Acceptance Agreement May 11, allowing students to complete three years of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Atlantic Cape and seamlessly transfer to Rutgers–Camden for completion.The 3+1 agreement allows students to pay the lower tuition and fees at Atlantic Cape for an additional year, a savings of more than $20,000, before transferring to the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.

Mon
05
Oct

Where Were You At 62? Court Reporter Finds Her Own Words Through Rutgers Degree Earned Off Campus

Patricia Florio of the Rutgers Class of 2005

Patricia Florio spent an entire career as a court reporter writing other people’s statements.

But all along, the writer inside of her wanted to put her own words down on paper.

And at age 62, when many contemporaries were calculating Social Security payouts, Florio earned her bachelor’s degree through Rutgers Off Campus Programs to help launch her second career as a writer.

When she worked in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., Florio had to painstakingly assure that every word was recorded correctly, for legal purposes. “On the job, and through someone who proofed my work, I learned how to become a perfectionist,” said Florio. “And that is very much required when you're a court reporter.”

Florio also had experience as a freelance newspaper reporter, giving her the background to launch her writing career. But she felt she needed the confidence that a college degree would provide.

Tue
22
Sep

A Minor, In Time: International Student Stays on Course in Winter Session

For the 3,400 international students in Rutgers’s diverse student body, online courses taken during summer and winter terms enable them to be in two places at once.

Hailing from more than 115 countries, international students use online courses to hurdle time and distance barriers to complete required courses, pursue a minor, or chase other academic goals.

Bhagyawati Sanghani is one of those. She’s an international student who took a class even though she traveled back home to India over winter break.

Taking an online class -- remotely from her family’s home – as part of Winter Session at Rutgers University-New Brunswick allowed her to graduate with a minor in Public Health in May 2015. That minor rounded out her degree in Biological Sciences from the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences.

Mon
06
Jul

First Rutgers Off Campus Grad in Public Health Takes the Long Road

Rutgers Off Campus Programs at Atlantic Cape Community College

Mishi Resian’s life journey has taken her from a village in Kenya, to U.S. Army bases in Germany and New Jersey, to deployment in Iraq as an Army combat medic, and then to community college near her home in Galloway Township, N.J. near Atlantic City.

But no path has been more important to her than the walk for her Rutgers diploma.

In May 2015, Resian graduated as the first-ever student in the Center for Off Campus Programs in the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies to earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Taking all those roads, her commute by contrast seems easy: While she is an Off Campus student, Resian chose for the past two years to drive the 100 miles from Galloway to New Brunswick to take all classes for her major in person. This semester, she also took three classes at the Rutgers Off Campus Programs location at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, close to her home.

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