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Cody Eichelberger ’15
Marist’s Online MBA, Online
Liberal Studies Bachelor’s Ranked
Top Online Education Programs by
U.S. News &World Report
wo Marist College online degree programs, the master of business
administration (MBA) and the bachelor of arts/bachelor of science in lib-
eral studies, have been named in the first-ever edition of Top Online Education
Program rankings by U.S. News &World Report. USNews considered graduate
online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education, and
computer information technology as well as online bachelor’s degree programs.
Marist’s online MBA was one of only 14 graduate business programs in
the nation named to USNews’s honor roll. USNews considered admissions
selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology,
and teaching practices and student engagement. In the area of admissions
selectivity, Marist ranked fifth, and in faculty credentials, Marist ranked sixth.
Marist launched New York State’s first AACSB-accredited online MBA
program in 1998. It was also one of the first
such programs in the nation. The AACSB is
the premier business school accrediting body.
Also known as the Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business, it accredits fewer than
one third of business programs in the world.
“These rankings confirm the dedication to innova-
tion and quality long associated with Marist College
and our MBA program,” says Elmore Alexander, dean
of the School of Management. “With our emphasis
on selectivity and faculty expertise as well as the new
program emphasizing management in the virtual world,
Marist’s MBA engages the issues that define contem-
porary global management in a world-class online
environment.” Information on the MBA program is
available at
“These rankings
confirm the
dedication to
innovation and
quality long
associated with
Marist College and
our MBA program.”
—Elmore Alexander,
Dean, School of
Marist Continues Development
of High-Performance
Computing Platform
arist College took delivery of two
high-performance IBM z114 mainframes
over the winter break to continue the successful
Marist/IBM Joint Study program and expand its
capacity to undertake new research with other
industry and academic partners.
Thanks to a $678,883 grant from the
National Science Foundation’s Major Research
Instrumentation Program, the School of
Computer Science and Mathematics was able
to purchase a new IBM z114 mainframe with
a zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX),
making Marist the first college or university
in the world to install this combination. The
zBX is new infrastructure that makes it possible
to deploy an integrated hardware platform by
joining mainframe and distributed technologies
together in order to begin replacing individual
islands of computing to reduce complexity,
improve security, and bring applications closer
to the data they need.
Ma r i s t ’s In format ion Technolog y
Department helped install the mainframe and
the zBX in an NSF-sponsored research labo-
ratory in the College’s new Hancock Center.
The lab, funded in part by a $696,931 grant
fromNSF’s Academic Research Infrastructure
Program, is the center of research and related
activities for the School of Computer Science
and Mathematics.
Faculty and students requiring high-per-
formance computational devices, data storage,
network facilities, and access to other research
facilities via Internet2 and the commodity
Internet will be able to conduct research in the
lab and on the new z114 mainframe. Beyond
the Marist community, the mainframe will
provide a platform for the 1,000-plus members
of the global enterprise computing community
to conduct research, develop new technologies,
and train staff.