Welcome to the home of Academic Affairs at
Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.
La Salle University!
This is an exciting time in the life of the university as we move forward in implementing the university’s strategic plan, The Will to Excel, which has sparked a wave of innovation in each of the university’s schools.
The School of Arts and Sciences will now offer 35 undergraduate majors as it launches a B.A. in Environmental Studies. The number of master’s degrees it offers grows to 11 with the addition of the new M.A. in English that features a track for educators and another for those interested in focusing on Literary and Cultural Studies. In addition, the Education Department will offer a new certificate in Classroom Management, Student Resilience and Independence designed to meet one of the most pressing challenges faced by today’s teachers.
The School of Business proudly boasts that it offers the most venues possible for obtaining the 150 credit hours required to qualify for the CPA Exam through its four-year BS/MBA, four-year BS/150 hours and five-year BS/MBA programs. The school has established an Institute for Entrepreneurship that will soon offer a certificate program to all students enrolled at the university. A Sports Management certificate and a lecture series on Business Ethics are in the offing.
The School of Nursing and Health Sciences’ new Doctor of Nursing Practice will build on the school’s strength in clinical practice by preparing students for careers as expert nurse clinicians. The new Master of Public Health degree will enable students to collaborate with professionals and community members to address long-standing public health issues.
The College of Professional and Continuing Studies continues to expand our outreach through innovative programs such as the Master of Science degrees in Instructional Technology and Human Capital Development. The undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership is the first to be offered exclusively online. Additional certificate programs for working professionals are being developed.
We are renewing our commitment to individuals serving in the military by expanding our offerings for those currently serving, their dependents and veterans through our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Dedicated space, advising and counseling services will soon be available for students in this program on the West Campus facility.
The university continues to expand its international offerings and now provides degree programs in Switzerland, Greece, the Czech Republic and Spain. Opportunities for our students to study abroad abound as we develop new partnerships and relationships with foreign educational institutions and our faculty incorporate international travel into their course offerings.
Even as we grow and expand our offerings, traditional programs remain strong. The natural sciences, nursing and health sciences programs are flourishing in new facilities and are employing state of the art technologies. The School of Business is the focus of our next major initiative and continues to provide the local business community with skilled leaders, affirming our commitment that “La Salle Means Business.”
As you can see, it is an exciting time to be a part of the La Salle community.
I invite you to join us in exploring and expanding the possibilities.
Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.