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|President||Stephen J. Jerome|
|Location||New York, USA; St Lucia|
|Former names||Monroe School of Business, 1933–1963
Monroe Business Institute, 1963–1990
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Monroe College is an American for-profit college in New York State with campuses in The Bronx, New Rochelle, and Queens. It also has a campus in the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia. The college is named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.
The college offers Associate and Bachelor's degrees in accounting, business, information technology, health services, law enforcement and cookery, and, through King Graduate School, four Master's programs.
Students at the school are 64% female and 36% male; about 48% are of black or African-American ethnicity and about 44% of Hispanic or South American origin.
Monroe College was founded in 1933 by Mildred King as a woman's business school, the Monroe School of Business. It began offering two-year associates degree programs in 1972. For a time the university was renamed to Monroe Business Institute, before changing its name to Monroe College in 1990. By 2002, the graduating class had 1,710 students.
On-campus student housing was constructed at its New Rochelle, New York location in 2003. That same year it introduced new degree programs in hospitality, criminal justice, and culinary arts. It also built Milavec Hall, a building for math, English and arts classes and began construction of a 200-bed student housing building at its Main Street location in New York.
Lawsuit from un-employed alumni
In mid-October 2009, an un-employed alumni sued Monroe College for $70,000 in tuition, alleging that Monroe did not provide adequate assistance in finding gainful employment.
The lawsuit was reported on by the New York Post and local TV stations, as well as satired in The Onion and the Chronicle of Higher Education, which all made fun of the plaintiff for the presumption that the college was responsible for guaranteeing gainful employment. New York Magazine argued that, because Monroe College is a trade school focused on job skills, as oppose to degrees in philosophy or liberal arts, there was a greater expectation that degrees should make students employable. CNN pointed out that the student had a grade-point average of only 2.7. The school said that it does offer career placement services, but the lawsuit was without merit because it can't guarantee jobs that are subject to the economy.
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.
As of 2005, two thirds of the college's enrolled students were female. The school doesn't offer degrees traditionally associated with college, such as English or Economics. For example, math classes only go up to calculus. It is a for-profit vocational school accredited by a regional body. Skills taught are more geared towards those that will be used in the workforce, such as learning Microsoft Office. According to New York Magazine, the school costs twice as much as the nearby City University of New York and has a much higher. The newspaper said that by 2009, 9.2 percent of students that joined the university in 2006 were already in default in their loans.
Monroe College has since 1990 been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Since January 2006 its Licensed Practical Nursing programs have been accredited by the Office of the Professions (Nursing Education) of the New York State Board of Regents. The college is not listed among the colleges and universities accredited by the Office of College and University Evaluation of the New York State Education Department.
Monroe College competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association with eight men's teams and seven women's teams in ten different sports. The men's teams have never won a championship; the women's basketball team has won four championships, in Division III in 2006 and 2008, and in Division II in 2011 and 2012.
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