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Eric L. Jacobs

Beginning Friday, May 1, 2015 at noon, the RWU Colleague system will be unavailable for a short time due to system upgrades. This will mean that you will not be able to register online, access your grades, request transcripts, etc. until the system is reactivated. We anticipate that the Colleague system will be available again by May 11, 2015. We will notify you when the system upgrade is complete and access is restored.

Please submit all requests to and they will be processed based upon the date of receipt.

To ensure that you are enrolled in the Summer and Fall course(s) of your choice, you are encouraged to register online for courses prior to May 1st. Students who cannot register by May 1st can take advantage of the following options:

  1. Contact your academic advisor who will complete the Summer and/or Fall registration form(s) on your behalf and document your request so SCS can manually enroll you in the course(s). Students who have questions regarding their assigned advisor can contact Mary Cooney at 401-254-4805 or
  2. Register online when the system upgrade is complete and access is restored.


Eric L. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor and Academic Advisor
Areas of Expertise: 
Community Development and Public Administration

“There are two types of education... One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.” 
― John Adams

"Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster." -- Theodore Roosevelt

Eric Jacobs, Ph.D. has been involved in the fields of community economic development and human services for over 25 years.  He has worked in different types of, and different positions within, community based organizations.  His experience includes a spectrum of roles and responsibilities from caseworker to administrator (CEO, CFO), facilitator to direct service delivery, advocacy, policy planning and creation and implementation of programs and projects including: affordable housing development, business counseling, citizen patrols, entrepreneur training, commercial revitalization, tenant organizing and youth leadership development.  As a consultant he has worked with organizations throughout the country as a trainer and technical assistance provider.  His published research includes program evaluation and policy analyses. As an instructor he has, for over 25 years, educated hundreds of community development, human services, and other non-profit practitioners at the undergraduate and graduate level.