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|President||Stephen J. Jerome|
New Rochelle, New York, USA, St Lucia
|Former names||Monroe Business Institute (1933–1990)|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Monroe College is a for-profit college with campuses in the Bronx and New Rochelle in the U.S. state of New York and in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia. The college is named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States. Mildred King founded the "Monroe Business Institute" in 1933 at 1940 Boston Post Road in the Bronx. The first class consisted of seven students in four classrooms. By 1936 after Harry Jerome joined the school had 145 students.
The college offers two-year, four-year, and graduate programs (through the King Graduate School).
Monroe's Students represent diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences.
Most Monroe students come from the New York City and lower Westchester areas. There is also a significant and growing international population.
Monroe College consists of three campuses: the Bronx, New Rochelle, and St. Lucia. Monroe College has recently added an extension campus in Queens, NY.
New Rochelle Campus
The college’s New Rochelle campus features dormitory living, an award-winning culinary arts teaching facility, other unique learning environments, and an athletic center.
In 2007, the college transformed a former industrial building into a culinary arts facility for the School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. Designed by Doban Architecture of Brooklyn, NY, it won a McGraw-Hill Construction Best of 2007 Award and a 2008 American School & University Outstanding Design Award.
In 2010, the college transformed three adjoining storefronts into a state-of-the-art Academic Center. The space features a technology-rich system, study nooks and is situated in the middle of faculty offices to give students easy access to their professors and the Academic Dean. The project, also designed by Doban Architecture with its affiliated design studio Think Fabricate, received an Outstanding Design award in the 2011 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase.
The Bronx Campus
The Bronx Campus consists of seven facilities:
King Hall – Opened in 1993, formerly the site of the Fordham Roller Rink. King Hall is the hub of the college containing the English and Social Sciences Department, traditional academic classrooms and computer labs, various college offices (the President, Student Financial Services, Student Services, Undergraduate Admissions, the School of General Studies) and the JAG (Jerome Avenue Grille), the Mintz Auditorium, named after the college's former CFO, Alan Mintz, and the college’s writing center.
Ustin Hall – Opened in 2008 as the home of the School of Business and Accounting and the King Graduate School. It contains state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, offices, and a meeting room.
Jerome Hall – Opened in 1991. Has the Thomas P. Schnitzler on the lower level and on the ground and upper floors are offices for the Bachelor’s Degree programs, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts, and the Academic Office, as well as classrooms. The library is on the lower level of the building.
Monroe Hall – Opened in 1967 as the first facility at the Fordham campus. The former West Farms campus closed in 1977. Monroe Hall is the home of the School of Information Technology and contains both computer labs/classrooms and traditional academic classrooms .
South Hall – Opened in 1981. Currently houses the offices and classrooms of the Mathematics Department. The building also contains the college’s mock courtroom used by the School of Criminal Justice.
West Hall – Opened in 2002 and is the home of the School of Allied Health Professions, the School of Nursing, and administrative offices, including the Office of Career Advancement and the Registrar.
Annex – Opened in 2005. Houses administrative offices, a large meeting room that is often used for community purposes, and the college’s welcome center office.
In January 2007, The Monroe College School of Allied Health Sciences began offering a Practical Nursing (P.N.) program. The eleven-month, full-time New York State Education Department approved, college credit-bearing certificate program will provide eligibility for the State Board NCLEX P.N. Exam.
The college's business organization, Students In Free Enterprise, has consistently competed and won the national title for two year schools. The team now competes in the tradition 4 year division.[dead link]
Monroe College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.
Monroe College is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to grant Certificates in Practical Nursing, the Associate in Science (A.S.), degrees in Criminal Justice and Information Technology, Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, Medical Administration, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, and Registered Nursing. Bachelor of Business Administration degrees (B.B.A.) in, Accounting, Business Management, General Business, Health Services Administration, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, and Public Accounting, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology, and Public Health, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in Business Management, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Executive Leadership in Hospitality Management, and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Public Health. Its curricula are registered by the New York State Education Department.
The first Monroe yearbook, The Ledger, was published in 1983. The International Club has held a cultural festival annually. Drama, Criminal Justice, Environment Protection Club, a literary magazine, Hosptitality Students Associations, cheerleaders, an Honor Society, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Students in Free Enterprise, and Leadership Council are some of the clubs and activities available. Students at Monroe College are diverse, international, and of all ages. They hail from Europe, Asia and Africa. A significant number of international students come from St. Kitts, Dominica, Jamaica and other Caribbean locations.
The Monroe Business Institute was founded in 1933 by Mildred King in the West Farms section of the Bronx. It started with seven women in four small classrooms. Tution was five dollars for one evening or ten dollars for a week of classes. It took students three or six month sessions to earn a certificate.
Monroe added an IBM division in the 1960s with keypunch machines. Monroe classes were held at the site of the former Starlight Ballroom where Marty was filmed. In 1963 the institution became Monroe Business Institute.
Monroe officially went from a business school to an accredited junior college in 1972 when it earned the right to grant associated degrees (AOS). More classrooms were added on Morris Avenue and in 1977, the West Farms facilities were closed and all Monroe programs were consolidated in the Fordham Road Area.
In the 1980s, South Hall opened in the Bronx and Monroe celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and was authorized to grant a second associated degree (AAS)
The men's basketball team was established in 1989.
In 1990, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education granted Monroe accreditation. The name was changed from Monroe Business Institute to its current name, Monroe College. In this year, the college joined the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
In 1996, the New York State Board of Regents authorized Monroe College to confer baccalaureate degrees (BBA) and so the college instituted Bachelor's programs in Accounting, Business Management, and Information Systems. In 2005 the board of regents authorized Monroe to confer the Master of Business Administration in Business Management.
The Monroe College Athletic Department fields teams in fourteen sports: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's football, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's soccer, softball, and women's volleyball. All Monroe teams are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association and participate in NJCAA Region XV. Monroe Mustangs men's baseball, men's and women's cross country/track and field and basketball and men's football are a Division I NJCAA programs. Lady Mustangs basketball and volleyball are Division II programs. All of the other Monroe sports play in Division III.
The men's basketball team have a .706 winning percentage since 1991 and have appeared in the NJCAA Tournament three times, becoming finalists in 1997-98. The Lady Mustnags winning percentage since 1998 is .748 and were NJCAA Division III Women's National Basketball Finalists in 2004-2005 and won the national championship in 2005-2006 with a perfect 36-0 record.
The women's volleyball team to made the playoffs for the first time within two years and in 2004 they finished 21-4 and played all the way to the Region XV Championship game. The women's softball team made the Region XV Championship game in their second year of varsity play. In men's soccer, the Mustangs have made two appearances in the Region Championship game.
Trina Cherisse Thompson v. Monroe College, The Office of Career Advancement
A 2009 notice to sue filed by a Monroe College graduate brought unfavorable attention to the complainant (who was satirized in The Onion and pilloried in mainstream press and social media) as well as unfavorable scrutiny to the college in the press (e.g., in New York Magazine and in readers' comments).
On 4 July 2009, Trina Thompson, age 27, filed a notice to sue Monroe College in Bronx Supreme Court. Her handwritten complaint sought reimbursement of the approximately $70,000 she spent on tuition and an additional payment of $2,000 for "stress" associated with her job search. Thompson claimed the college had promised leads and career advice, which the school's Bronx Office of Career Advancement on the Bronx campus did not provide, and that she was unable to find gainful employment since receiving her bachelor of business administration degree in information technology in April 2009.
- "As Thompson sees it, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average and a solid attendance record. But Monroe’s career-services department has put forth insufficient effort to help her secure employment, she claims."
- “They’re supposed to say, ‘I got this student, her attendance is good, her GPA is all right — can you interview this person?’ They’re not doing that,” she said.
The Monroe College Office of Career Advancement advertises lifetime free service for graduates, and the college released a statement saying that "while it is clear that no college, especially in this economy, can guarantee employment, Monroe College remains committed to working with all its students, including Ms. Thompson, who graduated only three months ago, to prepare them for careers and to support them during their job search."
The New York Post reported a harsher response from the school spokesman: "The lawsuit is completely without merit", Gary Axelrod said. "The college prides itself on the excellent career-development support that we provide to each of our students, and this case does not deserve further consideration." 
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