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2021 40 Under Forty: Jaria C. Aljoe

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Jaria C. Aljoe is an author, educator, leader, and mentor. She has over 10 years of experience in post-secondary education serving as an instructor, academic advisor, director of academic advising, and assistant dean of students at Goodwin University.

She was recently appointed assistant provost for student management at the University of Bridgeport. Aljoe’s focus of study is helping students identify career and major alignment to meet their academic, personal, and educational goals.

What’s been your biggest professional/work accomplishment so far in your career? 

I developed an advising model for Goodwin University and began implementation in 2017. Since implementation of the new advising model and other strategies, student retention rates have increased by 3% annually. My model also helped secure a multi-million dollar grant to continue retention efforts at Goodwin University.  

How are you involved in the community? 

I am a member of Crown of Glory COGIC, Inc. where I have served in many capacities including public relations, Sunday School teacher and worship leader. I developed a clothing drive at my church and gave away free clothing and food to those in need in the Hartford area.  

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy traveling and spending time with my godchildren. I also enjoy watching TV and movies or reading a good book.  

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

Developed an institutional advising model that helped increase retention rates by 3% annually over three years

Coordinated wellness outreach efforts each semester for all enrolled students by university staff from spring 2020 until present 

Was a co-writer and program developer for a multi-million dollar institutional grant.

Completed my doctoral degree while simultaneously publishing my first book and starting a business in 2020.

Fun Fact 

I never anticipated continuing my education after finishing college with a 2.67 GPA. 


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