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U.S. News Ranks Bay Path Among Most Innovative Colleges

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Longmeadow, MA—   U.S. News and World Report has recognized Bay Path University as one of the most innovative colleges in the Regional Universities North area. This ranking, based strictly on peer review and nomination, highlights colleges making promising changes on campus by investing in innovative improvements including curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

In its over 120-year history, Bay Path has been providing innovative, career-focused educational programs that have evolved in response to changing economic, cultural, and technological influences. This growth includes the introduction of the One Day a Week Saturday program and the launch of the country’s first women-only online college, The American Women’s College, both focused on helping non-traditional adult women students earn their degrees; Bay Path’s award-winning Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL) platform, which pairs highly innovative learning analytics with personalized instruction and support services; and Bay Path’s signature Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) program, designed to help undergraduate students discern and articulate their goals in life and give them the confidence, skills and knowledge to achieve those goals successfully.

Bay Path has also focused their growth on innovative degree programs, offering cutting edge graduate programs like the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics, Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, the first online hybrid program of its kind in the country, a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and two online doctoral programs in occupational therapy and nursing. For those looking to continue their education outside of a degree program, Bay Path launched Strategic Alliances, a collaborative program that offers relevant, affordable, and convenient certificates, online certifications, and professional workshops for individuals, local businesses, and municipalities, and non-profits.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among other great institutions in our area,” Bay Path’s President Dr. Carol A. Leary stated. “In order to best support our community and our students, we have to be innovative with not only the academic programs we offer, but in how we deliver them. We are preparing our students to flourish in a constantly changing world, and that means we can’t rest on the work we’ve done. We always have to be thinking about what’s next.”

 To obtain these rankings, U.S. News asked college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans to nominate up to 15 colleges or universities in their U.S. News Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements. To be listed, a school had to receive seven or more nominations.

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