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Gaining National Attention
RVCC included in “Top Ten” List | National Honors for Community Service
RVCC Grad Speaks at White House | RVCC Graduate Receives Fulbright Scholarship
RVCC Grads Awarded Prestigious National Scholarships | Middle States

RVCC included in “Top Ten” List
RVCC is rated among the Top Ten colleges and universities in the country, according to the book by authors Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus. The book, Higher Education? (Times Books), highlights RVCC in a chapter on “Schools We Like—Our Top Ten List.” The book has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Review of Books and Inside Higher Ed, as well as in national broadcast media.

In the book, Hacker and Dreifus describe their Top Ten list as “a few good places that caught our attention. The list isn’t comprehensive, but rather focuses on a few good colleges that strike the right balance.” According to the authors, “In our view, it [RVCC] provides a better introduction to college work than many four-year schools.”

“For starters, it has no mega-lectures. Its classes don’t exceed forty students, and many are seminar size.” The authors also praise RVCC for its “committed” faculty, note the abundance of student organizations and availability of sports teams, and highlight the low tuition rate compared with four-year institutions. “More than that,” they write, “you can learn with professors who know your name and have an interest in your future.”

Hacker spoke at RVCC for a Charter Day program in fall 2005. During his campus visit he also addressed students as part of a session sponsored by RVCC’s Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice.

National Honors for Community Service
For six years in a row, the College’s Service Learning Program has received national recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Higher Education. The honors include:

2012: Only community college in the country to be named an Honor Roll Finalist for the Presidential Award

2011: One of four community colleges nationally and the only community college in New Jersey to be named to the 2010 President’s Honor Roll

2006-2010: Named to the Honor Roll earning the Presidential Award, Distinction for General Community Service, Hurricane Relief, Disaster Sheltering and Special Achievement for Disadvantaged Populations. RVCC is the only community college in New Jersey to receive these distinctions.

Service learning provides opportunities for students to serve their communities as part of their classroom instruction. Annually, more than 1,000 RVCC students provide service to over 250 local community organizations within 85 different courses. Each year, students donate the economic equivalent of over $1 million in service to numerous organizations and their clients.

In a five-year period, students have contributed the economic equivalent of well over $5 million to the community.

RVCC Grad Speaks at White House
RVCC graduate Casey Maliszewski was one of five students selected by the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society to speak at the White House’s first-ever Community College Summit, held in October 2011.

The Community College Summit was hosted by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president and a longtime community college teacher, who was asked by President Obama to chair the event. The purpose of the Summit was to raise awareness of the critical role played by community colleges in providing pathways to completing credentials and degrees for the development of a globally competitive workforce.

The students were chosen to discuss specific challenges and areas of concern to community college students, based on their own experiences. Maliszewski addressed the topic of “Pathway to the Baccalaureate/Transfer/Graduation Rates.”

While at RVCC Maliszewski excelled academically and held several leadership roles. She served as international president of Phi Theta Kappa and received a Guistwhite Scholarship. Maliszewski transferred to Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts where she was named a Frances Perkins Scholar. She founded the campus chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a student-led public policy research organization, and received the Maurice L. Rabbino Award as the outstanding student leader at Mt. Holyoke. She was a national finalist for the Fulbright Fellowship.

RVCC Graduate Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Carly Aulicky, who graduated summa cum laude from RVCC in May 2009, has been accepted into a master’s of research program at the University of Glasgow, attending as a Fulbright Scholar. Aulicky received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in May 2011, graduating summa cum laude with the second highest GPA in her major.

RVCC Graduates Awarded Prestigious National Scholarships
Maria Palar
RVCC students have been recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments and service to the community with a number of prestigious national scholarships.

2011: Maria Palar was one of 60 community college graduates across the country to receive the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The scholarship is valued at up to $30,000 per year for up to three years. Palar, a resident of Somerset, is continuing her education at Sarah Lawrence College.

2010: Rudolph Powser and Tamer Shabani were among only 20 students in the United States— and the only students from New Jersey—to be awarded the Guistwhite Scholarship by the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Powser continued his studies at Cornell University and Tamer transferred to Stanford University.

Middle States Recognition
“Raritan Valley has earned its reputation for excellence among New Jersey’s community colleges, throughout the Northeast region and among peer institutions across the nation,” concluded the site team evaluating the College for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000). In March 2012, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the College’s accreditation for 10 years and commended the College for the “quality of its self study report.” The 10-year accreditation has been granted in full, without need for any additional follow-up actions—such as progress reports or monitoring. 

Gaining National Attention | Educating the Community

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