As I look forward to the one-year anniversary since my inauguration as the 17th President of Bloomfield College, I feel gratitude and great pride in what we have accomplished as a community during one of the most unprecedented times in the College's history.
Yes, the pandemic has changed the look and feel of our campus environment, asked us to cover our smiles with masks and pushed us to enhance our capabilities for online and remote learning. Yet, all in all, the spirit of our hard-working students and the commitment of our faculty and staff has remained steadfast.
In my last message, I affirmed that fulfilling our mission to prepare students to attain academic, personal and professional excellence in a multicultural and global society will always be our first priority. To actively live our mission, we must take a hard look at how we function, how we prioritize, and how we identify and act on opportunities for the future. This is where our new Strategic Plan sets the stage and foundation for our next steps in writing the Bloomfield College story and welcoming you to write your own story. This Fall semester will be a time for open discussion on the draft and inviting formal comments from all the College's constituencies. These conversations and feedback will allow us to put the finishing touches on the Plan, ensuring everyone's voices are included before it is officially launched in the new year.
I am also thrilled to say that we are already off to a great start this semester with the announcement that Bloomfield College was ranked highest in New Jersey and #42 nationally among 216 liberal art institutions for Social Mobility in the Top National Liberal Arts Colleges category by U.S. News & World Report. This accolade sets our small private institution among the top choice liberal arts schools, and especially for first-generation and minority students.
What's more, we begin the 2020-2021 academic year with Bloomfield College being named the recipient of a $1.5 Million U.S. Department of Education TRIO SSS Grant renewable across five years, designed to provide eligible students with academic development opportunities that support them in meeting basic college requirements and motivate them toward successfully completing their degree. As NJ's only institution designated as Predominantly Black and Hispanic-serving, we could not be more grateful for this important funding that supports our state's most in need students.
Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.