La Salle News


March 14, 2017

business-school-building-20160727-09La Salle University’s School of Business has been named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools, specifically to the Best Part-Time MBA Programs. The ranking is based on five criteria: average peer assessment score; average GMAT score and GRE scores of part-time MBA students entering in the fall of 2016; average undergraduate GPA; average number of years of work experience; and the percentage of the fall 2016 total MBA program enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program.

“We are proud to be included in this U.S. News and World Report ranking, as it validates the quality of our part-time MBA program and its students,” said Interim Dean MarySheila McDonald, J.D. “Since 1976, La Salle University’s School of Business has offered an MBA to working adults throughout the region, and it has continuously adapted its curriculum and course delivery to prepare students for the ever-changing business landscape. The part-time MBA’s recent shift from a traditional face-to-face format to a hybrid program, blending classroom experience with online coursework, reflects our commitment to meeting students where they are and leveraging the virtual classroom. It’s also no mistake that we modeled this program based on how business is conducted worldwide—blending human interaction with the use of technology.”

La Salle University’s Part-Time Hybrid MBA program is tailored to fit the needs of the working adult. Classes are offered in three locations: Philadelphia, Newtown, and Plymouth Meeting, PA. With the hybrid format, students have the opportunity to interact face-to-face with professors and foster personal, mentoring relationships, while also having the convenience of virtual classes that are accessible from anywhere. This approach allows students to earn their degree in a program that suits their schedules with the benefit of engaging, collaborative relationships that are the hallmark of the La Salle experience. In addition, MBA students are drawn from a range of business professionals in both the private and public sectors, providing meaningful networking opportunities for students.

The average peer assessment score for the U.S. News and World Report ranking was calculated from a fall 2016 survey that asked business school deans and MBA program directors at each of the nation’s 360 part-time MBA programs to rate the other part-time programs on a five-point scale, from marginal to outstanding. To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program had to be accredited by the As­sociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

La Salle University’s School of Business was most recently named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017 and is AACSB accredited. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. Less than 5 percent of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation.

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for providing a great value to its students, by Money magazine (5th on the 2016 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”), Forbes (“America’s Best Value College” list), and The Economist (“Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value”). The University has received additional value and excellence citations from the Brookings Institute, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and The New York Times.


February 24, 2017


La Salle University is the recipient of five awards from the 32nd Annual Educational Advertising Awards for its work on two dedicated campaigns. Explorers are Never Lost, La Salle’s refreshed brand campaign, earned bronze awards for its manifesto video, viewbook, integrated marketing campaign, and t-shirt design. An Affordable Path For All, a college affordability initiative, earned a silver award for its dedicated microsite featuring a program video that was viewed over 140,000 times in its first day online.

A national panel of industry specialists selected each winner, judging on each project’s creativity, marketing execution, and message impact. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest, oldest, and most respected educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, more than 2,250 entries were received from over 1,000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

“La Salle’s Explorers are Never Lost campaign presents the University’s brand promise of encouraging and supporting our students as they blaze their own trail on campus and wherever their journey takes them,” said La Salle University Chief Marketing and Chief Communications Officer Jaine Lucas. “La Salle provides an education nationally recognized for its value, and combined with reduced tuition, a transformative Lasallian education is even more accessible and affordable.”

On September 27, 2016, La Salle University announced the cost of its undergraduate tuition would significantly decrease from $40,400 to $28,800 beginning in the 2017-18 school year. An Affordable Path For All builds on La Salle’s long-standing commitment to affordability, and provides more transparency in financing a college education.

Also in September 2016, La Salle launched its refreshed brand campaign, Explorers are Never Lost. The campaign meets students where they are—on mobile devices—and has helped fuel the highest applications to La Salle in 20 years. It has additionally expanded the University’s reach to 30 high schools whose students had never before applied to La Salle.

La Salle University partnered with Allen & Gerritsen for its brand refresh. For a full list of the 32nd Annual Educational Advertising Awards click here.


February 22, 2017

Announcement marks the first university-rideshare partnership in Philadelphia

Students gain access to $1.99 flat fares to and from nearby Olney SEPTA Station


PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 22, 2017)—La Salle University’s School of Business and Uber, the popular ridesharing app, will partner beginning in the Spring 2017 semester to provide an affordable transportation option to and from La Salle’s campus. To kick off the initiative and provide an easy first/last mile linkage from public transit to the campus, students will have access to $1.99 uberPOOL flat fares to and from the Olney SEPTA Station through March 7.

“Our partnership with Uber aligns beautifully with La Salle’s mission and tradition of blending innovation with the practical needs of students,” said School of Business Interim Dean MarySheila E. McDonald. “Meeting students where they are has been a Lasallian maxim for over 300 years, and this partnership provides an affordable, convenient, and reliable transportation option for undergraduate and graduate students to take full advantage of everything the City of Philadelphia has to offer; including co-ops, internships, job interviews, and more.”

Students using Uber for the first time are eligible to receive $15 off their first ride requested through the Uber app, and a dedicated pickup and drop-off location will be at the corner of Penn Boulevard and Chew Avenue, with a custom app integration that makes the pickup easier for riders and drivers.

“Uber is proud to work with La Salle on this first-of-a-kind partnership in Philadelphia,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager for Uber Philadelphia. “Whether you’re getting from the train station to class, or looking for a safe way home late at night, students, faculty, and staff can count on Uber to connect them with a reliable, affordable ride.”


February 8, 2017

updated 3/14/17, 3:00 p.m.

La Salle University will be open tomorrow, March 15, and all classes will be held at their regularly scheduled time. Please exercise caution in your travels.

La Salle University is closed today, March 14, and on-campus day and evening classes are cancelled. Online classes will be held as scheduled.

Please note the following:

  • The Connelly Library will remain open.
  • Blue & Gold, Treetops, and the Market at B&G will be open.
  • The Michael J. Kerlin Memorial Lecture has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Our Community Development staff, including RA’s and Residence Coordinators, will be available tomorrow to assist students, and can be accessed via the duty phone and in the offices located in each of the residential areas on campus.
  • Shuttle service will be suspended tonight at midnight until further notice. Emergency escorts are available. Service will resume when weather permits.
  • The University plans to operate as scheduled on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

If there is any change, or further information, you will be updated through email and the emergency text message system. Also, information will be posted on the University’s homepage, lasalle.edu, and on the University’s portal.



February 2, 2017

Patrick Harker

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker at La Salle University’s 16th annual Economic Outlook forum on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at noon at the Union League of Philadelphia.

“After a long recovery, the economic data point to a U.S. economy that is more or less back to full health,” said Harker. “But that’s an average of a vast and diverse nation. There are hot markets in some areas of the country and pockets of others where good fortune has yet to take hold. Here in the Third District–which consists of eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware–our successes, challenges, and opportunities are as unique as the people who make up this exceptional part of the country.”

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation’s monetary policy. Harker previously served as the 26th president of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the university’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in civil and urban engineering, an M.A. in economics, and an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in civil engineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

La Salle President Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., will also be in attendance and address attendees.

For more information, and to register for the Economic Outlook, click here.


February 1, 2017

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at La Salle University is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Wyss Center for Innovation. The funding supports expanding the University’s Mature Health Connections program of the Neighborhood Nursing Center. Since the fall of 2011, Mature Health Connections has reached nearly 8,000 adults in underserved communities through education, screening, and immunization activities. The Neighborhood Nursing Center is a community-based wellness center managed by La Salle staff and faculty, with services implemented by undergraduate and graduate student nurses. The Center has a 25-year history of providing public health nursing and social services to at-risk, low-income populations.

“Through expanding the Mature Health Connections program, we hope to build on the successes and increase the impact of the Neighborhood Nursing Center to reach even more vulnerable mature and older adults,” said Denise Nagle Bailey, Ed.D., M.Ed., MSN, RN, CSN, director of the La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center at La Salle University. “Northwest Philadelphia and its surrounding suburban neighborhoods have a higher percentage of older adults, many of whom are underinsured. By increasing our presence in these locations, we hope to better serve those communities by providing essential public health services.”

Kathleen Czekanski, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, added: “We are grateful to the Wyss Center for Innovation for recognizing the impact the program can have on these lives.”

The overall goals of Mature Health Connections are: to educate residents about their health risks and benefits with health education and health promotion that promotes self-care; provide screenings to guide individuals in their community toward timely follow-up care; and connect individuals and families with medical and other health resources in their community.

The Wyss Center for Innovation was established by Hansjörg Wyss and is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting innovative lasting solutions that improve lives and empower communities.


January 29, 2017


On Friday, January 27, an Executive Order on Immigration was issued that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days. The order also suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.

According to news agencies, some individuals in flight to the U.S. from these countries were detained at airports across our nation, while others in the seven countries listed above with valid paperwork and tickets were prevented from boarding planes scheduled to arrive in U.S. airports. On Saturday, January 30 a federal judge granted an emergency stay for people who arrived in the United States as well as those en route, but it is unclear if the stay will be uniformly implemented or even repealed.

We are advising La Salle students from the affected countries not to make travel plans and to carefully reconsider any travel plans they may have already made in the next 90 days to other countries, including Canada, as re-entry into the U.S. is no longer a certainty, even with a green card or visa.  

La Salle has throughout its history welcomed students from countries around the world, and is deeply concerned with their wellbeing. We encourage students from the seven affected countries to contact the Multicultural and International Center at 215.951.1948 or stop by their offices located at 1900 West Olney Avenue (directly across the street from College Hall) for additional information. They are currently reaching out to each La Salle student affected by the Executive Order on Immigration.

We are following this situation carefully, and will update the community as more information becomes available.


Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.


January 24, 2017

OPEN MINDS 2La Salle University’s third annual OPEN MINDS Innovation Challenge, a marathon-style competition that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and sustainable solutions in the service of a greater good, takes place January 27-29, 2017 on campus at Holroyd Hall. OPEN MINDS is conceived and produced by La Salle’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the La Salle chapter of Enactus, a national organization that empowers students to improve the world through entrepreneurship. This year’s challenge invites La Salle students across all majors to tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Over 80 students form teams to collaborate on creative solutions for issues such as poverty, affordable and clean energy, and hunger, then present the business viability and cost-benefit of their approach.

“OPEN MINDS is another piece of our effort to facilitate a culture of innovation at La Salle where we give students the opportunity to express their creativity while learning the steps to take these and future ideas to market,” said Steven Melick, director of La Salle’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. “Innovation is a driving force in today’s and tomorrow’s economy, and the students who embrace those challenges and have the tools to organize their solutions will flourish in whatever career path they choose across all industries and sectors.”

The judges for the 2017 OPEN MINDS challenge are Pottstown Memorial Medical Center orthopedic surgeon and serial entrepreneur Elliot Menkowitz, M.D., ‘67, Wistar Vice President of Business Development Heather Steinman, and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Patricia Rigby, Ed.D.

OPEN MINDS is in contrast to traditional business plan competitions, as it does not reward students on their ability to compose a detailed business plan, but rather focus on challenging students to find their outer limits of creativity and problem solving skills toward building a business model to capture those concepts and the respective financial and market implications behind their solution. Students are judged on breaking down ideas into key business model assumptions; critically evaluating their solution and testing assumptions with available resources; applying initial Lean Launchpad practices to nail the pain and solution; learning to pivot (change) until arriving at a customer-validated business model.


January 19, 2017

The Department of Education’s Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality grants La Salle, Shippensburg, and Temple more than $3 million


Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera announced that La Salle University is one of three universities to receive federal funding under the Eligible Partnership Grant Program. More than $3 million has been granted to La Salle, Shippensburg, and Temple universities through the Department of Education’s Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, which helps prepare future school principals and supports student performance. La Salle’s Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program, the project selected for $1.27 million in funding, develops leaders that are committed to and focused on utilizing instructional coaching and professional learning communities to leverage change in learning environments for students in Pre-K through fourth grade.

“This grant, led by Dr. Greer Richardson, is emblematic of the University’s core educational values: a practical education, a focus on diverse learners, and a contribution to the common good,” said La Salle University Provost Brian Goldstein, Ph.D. “Most importantly, the result of this grant will be higher educational attainment for Pennsylvania’s children.”

“We are proud to partner with 10 educational stakeholders from higher education institutions, early learning centers, and school districts to develop a collaborative vision for this program,” said Greer M. Richardson, Ph.D., director of graduate programs in education at La Salle University. “Over the next two years, we hope to impact 120 preservice and in-service principals in Pennsylvania. This funding additionally allows us to continue to build upon the relationships that we cultivated through our previous three-year grant, the Greater Philadelphia Instructional Coaching Program, which was also sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. I am grateful for the opportunity to build on past successes as we focus our new endeavor on working with school principals.”

La Salle University’s Education Department acts as the lead institution on the Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program, alongside Cabrini University, Eastern University, Research for Better Schools @ PHMC, The Children’s School at Cabrini University, CORA Early Years at La Salle, Hatboro-Horsham School District, Souderton Charter School Collaborative, Southeast Delco School District, MaST Community Charter School, and the Upper Merion Area School District.

“Since day one of my administration, I have made improving Pennsylvania’s education system a top priority,” said Governor Wolf. “I have invested a historic $640 million additional dollars into our schools and signed a long overdue fair funding formula into law to ensure that all children, despite their zip code, receives the education they deserve. These grants will further strengthen the Commonwealth’s public education system by developing future principals into successful leaders of our schools.”

“Preparing future principals to be strong instructional leaders can positively impact the entire school,” said Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “These grants are a great opportunity for Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education to collaborate with K-12 educators to improve education in our schools.”

During the event held at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg, Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education Dr. Wil del Pilar and Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality Director Terry Barnaby presented the grants to the universities that will help principals close the achievement gap and provide an increased focus on early learning for students.


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