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U.S. News ranking, published op-ed help elevate Saint Mary’s in the public eye

February 1, 2022

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As Saint Mary’s University continues to strive to be nationally prominent and regionally dominant, we look to identify ways to stand out for prospective students and their families. In the past few weeks, Saint Mary’s has been elevated in the public eye with new rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, as well as an opinion article penned by two faculty members that was published in the Star Tribune.

U.S. News and World Report rankings

Saint Mary’s University is listed No. 1 in Minnesota for its online MBA and its online business master’s programs, according to U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings, announced Jan. 25.

Saint Mary’s ranks 191 in the 2022 “Best Online MBA Programs” category and is the top Minnesota school listed. It also ranked No. 103 in the “Business, Non-MBA Master’s” category and is again the top school in the state listed.

U.S. News evaluated both online business categories using five criteria: engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and student services and technology.

“These rankings are particularly meaningful for Saint Mary’s because their criteria for excellence is the same as ours,” said Michelle Wieser, dean of Saint Mary’s School of Business and Technology. “It’s our goal to provide students with instructors who are accessible and responsive as well as knowledgeable and current in their field. We are grateful that employers hold our MBA programs in high regard. This is a testament to our graduates, their ambitions, and skill levels. This combination, paired with advancing online learning technologies, is the recipe for successful outcomes-focused programs.”

Opinion article by Haugen, Lysne published in Star Tribune

On Sunday, Jan. 23, an opinion article written by Sarah Haugen and Tracy Lysne, program directors for the M.Ed. program at Saint Mary’s, was published in the Star Tribune’s print edition, as well as the paper’s website.

The article discussed the issue of teacher burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might be addressed moving forward. The article was written after Haugen and Lysne discussed the same topic on the university’s official podcast, Saint Mary’s Currents.

Having faculty, staff, and administrators highlighted in local and national media is an excellent way to display the expertise they hold in their field.

With the success of having this article published, the Marketing and Communications Department will continue to identify ways to share the expertise of the university’s employees.