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Caldwell University to Host Screening of Film CHILD 31 & Lecture with Mary’s Meals Founder

Grassroots Films follows groundbreaking work in providing a simple solution to world hunger

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Mary's Meals founder and CEO
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Mary’s Meals founder and CEO, outside the organization’s global headquarters in Dalmally, Scotland. He will speak on campus on Tuesday April 9 at 7 p.m. (Photo credit Angela Catlin)


Caldwell, NJ – January 23, 2013 – Caldwell University will host a screening of the film Child 31, the story of Mary’s Meals followed by a presentation with the founder of the international charity Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow on Tuesday April 9 at 7 p.m. in The Westervelt Lecture Hall, 1st floor, Werner Hall.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Child 31 PosterIn this powerful new documentary film, Grassroots Films captures Mary’s Meals’ life-changing work in action throughout Malawi, Kenya, and India and its mission to help millions of children realize their dreams. The film follows MacFarlane-Barrow, a 2010 CNN Hero, and provides a glimpse into his simple, yet groundbreaking, approach that is working to lift the developing world out of poverty and give a face to hunger’s deadly numbers.

Macfarlane-Barrow will explain how Mary’s Meals sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

The organization began by feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002. Today it feeds over 700,000 children every school day.

The event is being presented by several clubs including The Caldwell University Irish Club, The Caldwell University Accounting Club, Caldwell University Students for Life, and Campus Ministry.

Parking on campus is free.

For more information contact: Colette Liddy at cliddy@caldwell.edu or 973-618-3209 or Rosie Burke at rburke@caldwell.edu.

To find out more go to:
http://www.marysmealsusa.org/ and http://www.whoischild31.com/

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Dr. Blattner Co-signs Open letter on Gun Safety Legislation

Caldwell, NJ – Dec. 19, 2012 – Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner, Ph.D. has joined more than 170 college and university presidents from across the country in co-signing an open letter regarding gun safety legislation. The “Open Letter to Our Nation’s Policy Leaders” was initiated by Presidents Lawrence M. Schall of Oglethorpe University and Elizabeth Kiss of Agnes Scott College, both in Atlanta, Georgia, following the tragedy in Newtown, CT.

The site enables more college and university presidents to join the effort. The website is www.collegepresidentsforgunsafety.org

The entire letter is below:

December 19, 2012

On the same day our nation learned in horror that 20 first graders and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School, young people around the country were learning if they had been accepted to their favored colleges and universities. For many years now, our nation’s leaders have engaged in fevered debates on higher education, yet lawmakers shy away from taking action on one issue that prevents thousands of young people from living lives of promise, let alone realizing their college dreams. That issue is gun safety.

Among the world’s 23 wealthiest countries, 80% of all gun deaths occur in the United States and 87% of all children killed with guns are killed here (Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery). In 2010, 2,694 young people were killed by gunfire. 1,773 were victims of homicide; 67 were elementary school-age children. If those children and teens were alive today, they would fill 108 classrooms of 25 each.

We are college and university presidents. We are parents. We are Republicans, Democrats and Independents. We urge both our President and Congress to take action on gun control now. As a group, we do not oppose gun ownership. But, in many of our states, legislation has been introduced or passed that would allow gun possession on college campuses. We oppose such laws. We fully understand that reasonable gun safety legislation will not prevent every future murder. Identification and treatment of the mental health issues that lie beneath so many of the mass murders to which we increasingly bear witness must also be addressed.

As educators and parents, we come together to ask our elected representatives to act collectively on behalf of our children by enacting rational gun safety measures, including:

  • Ensuring the safety of our communities by opposing legislation allowing guns on our campuses and in our classrooms

  • Ending the gun show loophole, which allows for the purchase of guns from unlicensed sellers without a criminal background check

  • Reinstating the ban on military-style semi-automatic assault weapons along with high-capacity ammunition magazines

  • Requiring consumer safety standards for all guns, such as safety locks, access prevention laws, and regulations to identify, prevent and correct manufacturing defects

The time has long since passed for silence and inaction on the issue of reasonable and rational gun safety legislation. We hereby request that our nation’s policy leaders take thoughtful and urgent action to ensure that current and future generations may live and learn in a country free from the threat of gun violence.


Lawrence M. Schall, Oglethorpe University (GA)
Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (GA)
James Gozzo, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (NY)
Jeff Abernathy, Alma College (MI)
Tom Flynn, Alvernia University (PA)
Mary Meehan, Alverno College (WI)
David Seyle, Andrew College (GA)
Jack P. Calareso, Anna Maria College (MA)
Steven Bahls, Augustana College (IL)
Rebecca Sherrick, Aurora University (IL)
Marjorie Hass, Austin College (TX)
Debora Spar, Barnard College (NY)
Clayton Spencer, Bates College (ME)
Elizabeth Coleman, Bennington College (VT)
Scott D. Miller, Bethany College (WV)
Charles Krulak, Birmingham Southern College (AL)
Richard A. Levao, Bloomfield College (NJ)
Barry Mills, Bowdoin College (ME)
Ed Schrader, Brenau University (GA)
Kristin King, Bryn Athyn College (PA)
John Bravman, Bucknell University (PA)
Nancy H. Blattner, Caldwell University (NJ)
Daniel Lowery, Calumet College of St. Joseph (IN)
Deborah C. Jackson, Cambridge College (MA)
James P. Loftus, Cardinal Stritch University (WI)
J. Randall O’Brien, Carson-Newman College (TN)
John Roush, Centre College (KY)
Esther L. Barazzone, Chatham University (PA)
John Smarrelli Jr., Christian Brothers University (TN)
Pamela Brooks Gann, Claremont McKenna College (CA)
Carlton E. Brown, Clark Atlanta University (GA)
James Phifer, Coe College (IA)
Robert Wyatt, Coker College (SC)
William D. Adams, Colby College (ME)
MaryAnn Baenninger, College of Saint Benedict (MN)
Francis Raftery, College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ)
Maryanne Stevens, College of Saint Mary (NE)
Maryanne Stevens, College of Saint Mary (NE)
Jill Tiefenthaler, Colorado College (CO)
Steve Hayner, Columbia Theological Seminary (GA)
Charles Schlimpert, Concordia University (OR)
Leo I. Higdon, Jr., Connecticut College (CT)
Jonathan Brand, Cornell College (IA)
Dale T. Knobel, Denison University (OH)
Brian Casey, DePauw University (IN)
William G. Durden, Dickinson College (PA)
Walter M. Kimbrough, Dillard University (LA)
Vivian A. Bull, Drew University (NJ)
Loren Swartzendruber, Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
Donald Eastman, Eckerd College (FL)
Lee Pelton, Emerson College (MA)
Rosalind Reichard, Emory & Henry College (VA)
J. David Arnold, Eureka College (IL)
Jennifer L. Braaten, Ferrum College (VA)
William T Abare, Flagler College (FL)
Keith Taylor, Gannon University (PA)
Janet Morgan Riggs, Gettysburg College (PA)
Barbara Vacarr, Goddard College (VT)
Sanford J. Ungar, Goucher College (MD)
John Sellars, Graceland University (IA)
Paul J. Fonteyn, Green Mountain College (VT)
Joan Hinde Stewart, Hamilton College (NY)
Mark D. Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
Nancy Oliver Gray, Hollins University (VA)
Richard F. Wilson, Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)
S. Georgia Nugent, Kenyon College (OH)
Teresa L. Amott, Knox College (IL)
Candace Introcaso, La Roche College (PA)
Daniel H. Weiss, Lafayette College (PA)
Michael T. Victor, Lake Erie College (OH)
Stephen D. Schutt, Lake Forest College (IL)
Brian F. Linnane, Loyola University Maryland (MD)
Richard L. Torgerson, Luther College (IA)
Brian Rosenberg, Macalester College (MN)
Jo Young Switzer, Manchester University (IN)
Brennan O’Donnell, Manhattan College (NY)
Judson R. Shaver, Marymount Manhattan College (NY)
James M. Dennis, McKendree University (IL)
Tom Gamble, Mercyhurst University (PA)
Jo Allen, Meredith College (NC)
Ronald D. Liebowitz, Middlebury College (VT)
Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, Mills College (CA)
Rob Pearigen, Millsaps College (MS)
Michael Macdowell, Misericordia University (PA)
Mary Ellen Jukoski, Mitchell College (CT)
Stephen D. Immerman, Montserrat College of Art (MA)
Cecilia Fitzgibbon, Moore College of Art and Design (PA)
Robert Franklin, Morehouse College (GA)
David Wilson, Morgan State University (MD)
John Reynders, Morningside College (IA)
Lynn Pasquerella, Mount Holyoke College (MA)
Joseph N. Benoit, Mount Marty College (SD)
Ann McElaney-Johnson, Mount St. Mary’s College (CA)
David Schleich, National College of Natural Medicine (OR)
Frederik Ohles, Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)
Noreen M. Carrocci, Newman University (KS)
Michael A. Miller, Northland College (WI)
Andrew P. Roth, Notre Dame College (OH)
Jonathan Veitch, Occidental College (CA)
Kathy A. Krendl, Otterbein University (OH)
Sandra Harper, Our Lady of the Lake College (LA)
Thomas Manley, Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR)
Ezat Parnia, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (CA)
James Mellichamp, Piedmont College (GA)
Paul Hennigan, Point Park University (PA)
David Oxtoby, Pomona College (SC)
Claude C. Lilly, Presbyterian College (SC)
Robert A. Gervasi, Quincy University (IL)
Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt University (GA)
William Troutt, Rhodes College (TN)
Jim Dlugos, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (ME)
Carol Ann Mooney, Saint Mary’s College (IN)
Dottie King, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN)
Eugene J. Cornacchia, Saint Peter’s University (NJ)
Karen Lawrence, Sarah Lawrence College (NY)
Tim Summerlin, Schreiner University (TX)
Lori Bettison-Varga, Scripps College (CA)
Daniel J. Martin, Seattle Pacific University (WA)
John McCardell, Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)
George Arnold, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family (WI)
Philip A. Glotzbach, Skidmore College (NY)
Carol Christ, Smith College (MA)
Paul Mittman, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Science (AZ)
W. Richard Merriman, Jr., Southwestern College (KS)
Colleen Perry Keith, Spartanburg Methodist College (SC)
Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College (GA)
Richard P. Salmi, Spring Hill College (AL)
Richard B. Flynn, Springfield College (MA)
Andrea Lee , St. Catherine University (MN)
Michael Peters, St. John’s College (NM)
William L. Fox, St. Lawrence University (NY)
Joseph Urgo, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (MD)
Martha K. Shouldis, St. Vincent’s College (CT)
Kevin J. Manning, Stevenson University (MD)
Mark Cregan, Stonehill College (MA)
Jo Ellen Parker, Sweet Briar College (VA)
Judith Huntington, The College of New Rochelle (NY)
Grant H. Cornwell, The College of Wooster (OH)
Susan Scrimshaw, The Sage Colleges (NY)
R. Owen Williams, Transylvania University (KY)
James Jones, Trinity College (CT)
Dennis A. Ahlburg, Trinity University (TX)
Pat McGuire, Trinity Washington University (DC)
Stephen C. Ainlay, Union College (NY)
Neil Albert Salonen, University of Bridgeport (CT)
Ed Welch, University of Charleston (WV)
Thomas A. Kazee, University of Evansville (IN)
Walter Harrison, University of Hartford (CT)
Steven H. Kaplan, University of New Haven (CT)
E. William Beauchamp, University of Portland (OR)
Ronald R. Thomas, University of Puget Sound (WA)
Pamela Trotman Reid, University of Saint Joseph (CT)
Gary A. Dill, University of the Southwest (NM)
Bobby Fong, Ursinus College (PA)
Patrick E. White, Wabash College (IN)
Nathan O. Hatch, Wake Forest University (NC)
Tori Haring-Smith, Washington & Jefferson College (PA)
Weymouth Spence, Washington Adventist University (MD)
Kenneth P. Ruscio, Washington and Lee University (VA)
Michael Roth, Wesleyan University (CT)
Richard H. Dorman, Westminster College (PA)
Ronald A. Crutcher, Wheaton College (MA)
George Bridges, Whitman College (WA)
Sharon Herzberger, Whittier College (CA)
David Sallee, William Jewell College (MO)
Barbara Mistick, Wilson College (PA)
Benjamin Dunlap, Wofford College (SC)
Luís María R. Calingo, Woodbury University (CA)
Norman C. Francis, Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Caldwell University has embarked on the exciting task of moving to university status. Below are frequently asked questions that offer valuable insight and information about the process.

Why become Caldwell University?

Becoming a university has been part of the vision of President Nancy H. Blattner since her arrival at Caldwell in July 2009. In her remarks to the Strategic Planning Committee in spring 2010, Dr. Blattner first announced this vision, and subsequently, university status became part of Caldwell University’s five-year strategic plan, “Empowering the Legacy: 2010-2015.” Without changing the character of Caldwell, the move to university status better reflects what the institution has become with the offering of its first doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009, with its strong master’s degrees in multiple disciplinary areas, and in its diversity and growth.

What is university status?

Traditionally, a college offers undergraduate degrees leading to the baccalaureate. A university, on the other hand, also offers graduate degrees at the master’s level and/or doctoral level. Our current Carnegie classification is Master’s Colleges or Universities – medium, which includes schools that award at least 50 master‘s degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees. Our US News category is regional Universities in the North, defined as offering a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral degrees.

How does a college become a university?

After conversing with campus constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, and alums, the president made a presentation on the efficacy of the change to the Board of Trustees in late summer 2012. After the board has committed to the change, the institution, working with the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, prepares a thorough self-study of the institution, focusing on the delivery of graduate programs. Once this document is completed, two external consultants review the proposal and visit the campus, making a recommendation to the state commission. Final steps include approval by the New Jersey Presidents’ Council and the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.

When will the transition take place?

Ideally, the transition will take place in time for university status to be announced during Caldwell University’s 75th anniversary celebration scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year. The college has currently begun the lengthy process in conjunction with the assistance of the staff at the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.

How will the change affect our various departments and divisions?

Academic departments are currently in the process of undergoing academic re-organization which will group departments into schools or divisions in anticipation of Caldwell University becoming a university. Once university status is achieved, the schools or divisions may be re-named as colleges within the university. This process is ongoing and is the subject of much conversation, led by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, among the academic unit.

What are the benefits of becoming a university?

First, the ‘university’ name signals what Caldwell has become and would better explain the institution to the public, particularly to international students. Because of the added prestige to the title of university, a number of benefits would accrue including assistance in recruiting students, increased opportunities for donations/funding, and greater ease in recruiting and retaining faculty.

What are the benefits specifically for undergraduates? Graduates? Doctoral students?

For students planning to achieve their master’s or doctoral degrees at an institution other than Caldwell, graduating from a university may prove helpful on the application to graduate school. For doctoral students, it is characteristic that they would be receiving their degrees from a university since granting doctorates is a hallmark of a university, not a college. For all students, there is an added measure of prestige in graduating from a university.

How will the change affect Caldwell’s national and international reputation?

Nationally, the designation of university provides the best of a small private liberal arts education with pre-professional programs and preparation for advanced study and careers in the professions. Internationally, the term ‘college’ is often associated with secondary, community college or prep school types of institutions. This change in name would signal the breadth and level of degree offerings at Caldwell to our international students and assist the institution as we continue our efforts to recruit abroad.

Will a change in our status impact our admission standards?

Admission standards will not change as a direct result of our designation as a university. However, our ultimate enrollment numbers are limited due to capacity constraints, so it is possible that standards could change in future years as more students are attracted to Caldwell.

Will a change in our status affect our small class size? Personal attention to students? Core values? Overall size of the
institution? Our athletic status as a DII school?

Caldwell University has always placed emphasis on the Dominican pillar and core value of ‘community.’ That emphasis will remain so that all students still receive personal attention from caring faculty and staff. The remaining core values of respect, integrity and excellence will remain central to our mission as will the additional Dominican pillars of prayer, study and mission. While the overall size of Caldwell University may grow in the coming years, managed growth in select undergraduate and graduate areas is already part of the 2010-2015 strategic plan for the institution. There are no plans to change the institution’s athletic status.

Will there be any significant change to the operation and structure of Caldwell University?

The day-to-day operations of Caldwell will remain virtually unchanged during the transitional process to university status and thereafter. As indicated above, reorganization of the academic unit at Caldwell is already underway. This process will be completed by the time the college is ready to be designated as a university.

Will there be any policy changes as a result of our status change?

The change to university status will reflect the institution that Caldwell has already become. As a result, there are no expected policy changes in the areas of academic or student life as a direct result of the designation change.

Will tuition and other costs increase as a result of the change?

Caldwell will remain an institution that is largely dependent upon tuition and fees; however, the change to university status will not cause an increase in tuition and fees across the board.

If I graduated from Caldwell University prior to the date of the status change, am I a graduate of Caldwell University or Caldwell
University? What should I put on my resume?

It is customary to use the name of the institution at the time of your graduation. However, if you graduated from Caldwell University, after the institution has changed its name, you may indicate the name change on your resume by including ‘now known as Caldwell University’ in parentheses after the name Caldwell University.

Will my transcript change if I graduated from Caldwell University?

For students who graduate after Caldwell has completed the process to move to university status, transcripts issued will use the designation Caldwell University. If you graduated prior to the change, a notation on newly authorized transcripts will note that the university was formerly known as Caldwell College.

Will I be able to obtain a Caldwell University diploma if I graduated from Caldwell University?

Students who graduated from Caldwell University may request a Caldwell University diploma from the Registrar’s Office for the cost of a replacement diploma plus shipping and handling.



My9 News Anchor Brenda Blackmon Speaks to Communication Arts Students

Anchor Brenda Blackmon with Communication Arts Students

Caldwell, NJ – December 6, 2012 – Students in Caldwell University Communication Arts Professor Bob Mann’s Senior Media Seminar class received professional career advice and insight from Emmy award-wining news anchor Brenda Blackmon (center) this past month. Ms. Blackmon, an anchor for MY9 TV’s The 10 O’clock News, has provided, for several years, guidance and coaching to Caldwell’s Communication Arts graduating seniors and broadcast journalism students. Pictured to the left of Blackmon is Professor Mann, the chair of the Communication Arts Department.


Student Firefighter Responds to Sandy and its Aftermath

Caldwell student Joe Tompey, a Spring Lake Heights fire department lieutenant, stands in the wreckage of the Spring Lake boardwalk

Caldwell student Joe Tompey, a Spring Lake Heights fire department lieutenant, stands in the wreckage of the Spring Lake boardwalk the day after Sandy blasted the Jersey shore.


Caldwell University accounting major Joe Tompey never thought the first semester of his senior year would include responding to the worst storm in the history of New Jersey. He has been a member of fire departments in Monmouth County since he was 14, and in six years he’s already been through Hurricane Irene, blizzards, fires, suicides and numerous emergencies. Nothing, however, beat Sandy.

A lieutenant with the Spring Lake Heights Fire Department, Tompey left campus the Thursday before that Monday storm to get to the firehouse and go through “a huge checklist.” And when Sandy blasted New Jersey, he spent three days going out “everywhere and anywhere,” helping with rescue, downed wires, toppled trees, and carbon monoxide alarms. After the storm, he lived in the back of a fire truck for 14 hours on two separate days so the light from the truck could help the police check identifications of residents who wanted to return to their homes near the beach. Tompey is also a volunteer with the Belmar and Sea Girt fire departments, so his pager went off for two weeks. He was always ready to go, amidst the dark, the cold, the flooding. Within 10 days of Sandy, a nor’easter dropped nearly five inches of snow on the Jersey Shore, and Tompey was called to three fires, one during the height of the storm. “Fighting a fire in the snow is very difficult,” he said.

Tompey and some of his colleagues volunteered in Monmouth Beach, as well as Sea Bright and Union Beach where some of the worst wreckage from Sandy occurred. They responded to fire calls, he said, “so that those guys, many who had lost their own homes, could get breaks.” Sea Bright, he said, “didn’t even look like a town.” Union Beach had “blocks of houses swept away.” And yet he was struck by the enormous good will: the truck full of supplies from Maine, the firemen they met from Gulfport, Miss. who had experience volunteering during Katrina. They shared a common mission, and it was good to have camaraderie. “I met cops from Michigan, Illinois,” he said.

He recently learned he has been appointed captain of the Spring Lake Heights department effective Jan. 1, another step up. There will be ample opportunities to help in the spring as the Jersey shore rebuilds and works to hold on to its position as the jewel it has been for centuries on the east coast. Then there is graduation in May and hopefully a career in law enforcement. Surely he will carry the many lessons of Sandy with him, but there is one he considers most important: “No matter what the forecast, you have to prepare for the worst.”

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November 2011

President Blattner visits with Secretary of Higher Education, Rochelle Hendricks, as well as Drs. Glenn Lang and Iris Duffield in Trenton to first discuss Caldwell University’s interest and intent  to transition to university status in fall 2014.


Spring 2012

President Blattner holds multiple informational sessions with students, faculty, staff and alumni of Caldwell University to propose the change to university status. A dedicated email address is created to receive comments, suggestions or concerns.


May 2012

President Blattner contacts Iris Duffield (Dr. Lang being out of the office at the time of the call) to review approach with board, formation of task force, timeline, etc.


July 2012

President Blattner charges the University Status Task Force, which meets for the first time to review requirements of proposal, timeline and assignments.


August 2012

President Blattner makes presentation to the Caldwell University Board of Trustees on university status for the college at its summer retreat.


August 2012

President Blattner contacts Dr. Lang to discuss requirements for the college’s petition and to give an update on the work that has begun.


September 2012

Caldwell University Board of Trustees passes resolution charging the college to pursue university status for the institution.


September 2012

President Blattner is in contact with Dr. Glenn Lang at the Office of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education to report on developments and seek assistance/guidance as the process  begins in earnest. A copy of the board resolution is mailed to and received at the Office of the New  Jersey Secretary of Higher Education. A copy of this timeline is also sent to Dr. Lang for comment.


September 2012

University Status Task Force reconvenes to mobilize members to craft proposal, following the Institutional Guidelines: Preparing a University Status Petition.

Preliminary budget is developed for transition from college to university status.

Graphic imagery and logos are discussed for Caldwell University in conjunction with institution’s 75th anniversary celebration beginning September 2014.


October 2012

Web pages are launched that provide an overview to the university status process, a list of Frequently Asked Questions, a timeline, and an update box to keep readers current on the status  of the college’s petition for university status.


Oct.-Dec. 2012

University Status Task Force members work individually and as a group to draft the proposal, sharing drafts and collecting data as required.


March 2013

Caldwell University’s University Status Petition is submitted to the New Jersey Office of Higher Education.


Late Spring/
Early Summer ’13

Commission staff and college work to identify consultants and agree upon those chosen for the site visit to Caldwell University.


Summer 2013

Commission staff extends invitation to the selected consultants.

College forwards petition and appendices to consultants.

College and Commission staff agree on dates/agenda for consultants’ visit.

College makes arrangements for consultants’ visit.


Sept./Oct. 2013

Consultants and Commission staff visit Caldwell University campus.


Nov./Dec. 2013

Consultants file report/recommendation regarding the petition with the Commission.

Commission forwards consultants’ report regarding the petition to the college.


Spring 2014

Caldwell University Board of Trustees takes appropriate action on university status and name change.


Spring 2014

Caldwell University forwards copy of its response to the consultants’ report to Commission along with Board resolution.


Spring 2014

Commission forwards materials on the petition and review to the Presidents’ Council.


June 2014

Presidents’ Council reviews the petition and related documentation and forwards recommendation to the Commission.


July 2014

The Commission discusses and acts on the petition.


September 2014

Hopefully, Caldwell University announces its new status as Caldwell University at its kickoff of the institution’s 75th anniversary celebration.



Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning Supports Caldwell University

Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Fairfield presenting a $10,873.00 check to Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner

Shown from left to right: Rob Rapuano and Mike Stevens (son of the owner) of Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning, President Blattner and Kevin Boyle, Caldwell University’s vice president for development and alumni affairs.

Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Fairfield, New Jersey (www.nedstevens.com) recently presented a $10,873.00 check to Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner in support of the college. $10,000 was provided directly from Ned Stevens and the other $873.00 was a result of company’s community fundraising efforts.

During the aftermath of Sandy, Mike Stevens, owner of Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning, sponsored a barbecue on the Newman Plaza for neighbors, students, residents at Marian Manor, and the community, offering a chance to have a hot meal, get warm and enjoy each other’s company. The company has generously supported the college, in particular the college’s Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis.


Cooper the Cougar Now is now on Social Media

Cooper the Cougar, Caldwell University’s school mascot, has taken to social media to connect better with his fans and friends.

Cooper plans on updating his Facebook and Twitter accounts daily, providing bits of advice and support. Plus, he will keep you up to date on the latest trends around campus! Coming next week, Cooper plans on unveiling some awesome stress relief activities, just in time for finals. Cooper encourages everyone to follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook by simply going to his twitter handle (@CooperCougarCC) and finding him on Facebook (FB.com/CooperCougarCC).

Cougar's Paw

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Caldwell University Officially Pursues University Status

Greetings!Dr. Nancy Blattner

It is my pleasure to write and inform you that the Caldwell University Board of Trustees at its September 19, 2012 meeting passed a resolution charging the college to proceed with the necessary steps toward achievement of university status. This is certainly a defining moment in the history of Caldwell University and in its future! With that resolution, the process can now begin for the college to prepare a proposal that will be submitted ultimately for approval to the Office of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education.

The process, which involves a review by external consultants, will likely take at least two years to complete. I’m inviting you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about what led up to this decision, the benefits of achieving university status for Caldwell University, and the Timeline that will take the college to this new designation. Please check in regularly to read updates throughout the process.

The campus community is excited about the possibility of claiming the designation of university, a name that many of us believe already describes Caldwell University with our wide array of baccalaureate degrees, our accredited master’s programs and our doctoral program in applied behavior analysis. We hope the reviewers will agree with our assessment, and we look forward to announcing this change in status during the college’s 75th anniversary year in 2014-2015.

Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., OPA