August 10, 2020 FALL 2019

Campus News

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards a $1.5 million Grant to the Prisoner Reentry Institute

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College has helped hundreds of criminal justice-involved individuals get a new lease on life. And, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PRI will continue to help hundreds more. The grant will support the expansion of PRI’s education and reentry initiatives for current and formerly incarcerated students. PRI helps them successfully reenter communities, the workforce, and institutions of higher education, after contact with the criminal justice system.

“I am honored that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation continues to believe in our mission and support this work,” said PRI Executive Director, Ann Jacobs. “This grant will enable PRI to expand its college-in-prison program, the Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP); work within CUNY on a university-wide strategy for supporting students after justice involvement; and contribute toward a coordinated, statewide approach for providing higher education  in correctional facilities.”

John Jay Launches New Cohort Program LEAP

Seeing the positive impact cohorts have on student success, this fall 2019, John Jay College launched Linking Experience, Academics, and Practice (LEAP). The new cohort-based program, funded by the generous support of the Booth Ferris Foundation, marks the first time all incoming freshmen at the College will have access to multi-year cohort program support. Cohort-based models have proven to be effective in providing students with a greater sense of belonging, self-confidence, and leadership skills, while also enabling students to learn to network within their cohort and other groups, and to stay competitive when pursuing graduate and career opportunities.

LEAP applies the most effective tools and practices from already existing programs at the College—such as Accelerate, Complete, Engage (ACE)—that have demonstrated success at increasing student retention and graduation rates. Students in LEAP won’t have to meet any eligibility requirements, other than not being in another cohort-based program, making it more inclusive and available to a larger group of scholars that is representative of the College’s population. LEAP will provide students with tailored major and career exploration, intensive academic advisement, and access to experiential learning opportunities.

John Jay’s Vision for Student Success 

Nationally, there is a crisis in college completion, particularly for students from low-income households and students of color. However, research shows that institutions committed to improving graduation rates can achieve this goal when their leaders are intentional. With a singular focus on student success, John Jay is just such an institution. “It’s a place where everyone—first-generation students, working students, immigrants, parents, and veterans—can transform their lives with a justice-focused education,” said President Karol V. Mason.

Student Success InitiativeJohn Jay is leading the way in providing its diverse and historically underrepresented students—nearly 75 percent of students are from minority backgrounds and more than half come from low-income households—with an education that cements the foundation for not only their college graduation, but also their post-graduate and career success, as well as civic participation, leadership, and lifelong learning. To achieve this, John Jay is building on and expanding the approaches that are working at the College, such as the proven cohort-based support programs. These programs have higher retention, faster credit accumulation, and better graduation rates among participating students. The College is also testing new technologies and strategies to help scale and more strategically target support for at-risk students. To learn more about John Jay’s Vision for Student Success, visit the president’s page on the College website.


Class of 2019 Then & Now

This past May, the class of 2019 graduated from John Jay College. We checked in with a few of them to find out how they’re launching their careers

President’s Letter

At John Jay College we’re used to taking on tough challenges. Our student body knows how to juggle jobs, academics,...

By the Numbers

In 2019, John Jay College graduated the largest class in its history: 3,144 bachelor’s degrees and 698 master’s degrees.

Dive In

John Jay’s new pool will open up swimming opportunities for underrepresented populations. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Camera Ready

Understanding the Impact of Law Enforcement Wearing Body Cameras. By Sam Anderson

On the Edge of Glory

The new Completion for Upper-division Students Program (CUSP) supports seniors with 90-plus credits, removing any obstacles blocking their pathway to success. By Mary Anderson

Food For Thought

Tackling the growing food-insecurity problem, making sure that John Jay students are nourished both mentally and physically. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Read All About it

How the new Justice e-Reader is bringing together a collection of justice-focused texts, creating an intellectual hub for our community and classrooms. By Shirley Del Valle

Full Circle

Ronald F. Day ’19, Ph.D., proves what’s possible when people have access to an education. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Natural Born Advocate

Roshawn Boyce ’95 shines a light on social injustices. By Shirley Del Valle

The Real Nature of Sexual Violence

Professor Elizabeth Jeglic, Ph.D., uses research and straight-forward approaches in her mission to advance the prevention of sexual violence. By Mary Anderson

Tackling Educational Inequality

John Mara, President, CEO, and co-owner of the New York Giants, explains his passion for improving educational access opportunities. By Andrea Dawn Clark

The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Reimagines the Role of Prosecutors

Seeking to create a fairer, more equitable criminal justice system, the IIP is dedicated to transforming prosecutors’ roles  in the criminal justice system. By Jocelyn Key

Flashback – 1988

Mother Teresa at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the 23rd Commencement.

Karol V. Mason

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