In her report last week to the Board of Regents, Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Marilyn Reineck noted that this fall Concordia University St. Paul received a number of unsolicited recognitions for the quality of academic programs.
SportsManagementDegreeHub.com ranked our BA in Exercise Science as the #1 online kinesiology bachelor’s degree in the United States.
Washington Monthly ranked Concordia University St. Paul as #4 in the nation in the 2016 Best Colleges for Adult Learners category.
Bestcolleges.com ranks CSP’s masters degree in criminal justice as # 5 in the United States.
Thebestschools.org ranks Concordia St. Paul in the top 50 for best online colleges in the U. S. (Incidentally, number 1 in that ranking was a little school called Penn State University.)
I’m sure there will be more of these types of recognitions to come. They reinforce what people say to me wherever I go. “It’s amazing to see what is going on over at Concordia” is the most frequent comment. Often it is fueled by the publicity we have received through our affordability initiatives. For example, I walked past Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison on the street in Washington D. C. several weeks ago and, once he had recognized me, he said: “You’re doing a great job keeping tuition low over there!” Our value proposition is clearly in the minds of consumers and decision-makers.
Recently, a friend of mine, who is not a CSP grad, said to me (again unsolicited), “Mary [his wife] and I think Concordia St. Paul is the best college in the state.” Naturally I thanked him for his comment. When I asked him to tell me why they thought so, he said: “Because you are doing what colleges should be doing in the 21st century . . . making academic programs relevant, paying attention to affordability, and helping kids successfully complete.” I thought perhaps he had been sneaking a peak at our strategic plan! Instead, though following Concordia from a distance, he has formed these perspectives. He is not alone. And I couldn’t agree with him more.
Thanks for all you are doing to help CSP achieve the recognition we deserve and the student success we desire.
Grace and peace!