SAU Ranks in Top Tier of Midwest Universities; Top 10 in U.S. DBA Programs


National ranking publications continue to list St. Ambrose University (SAU) among the top universities in the Midwest region, including U.S. News and World Report, which recently released its 2019 rankings of Best Colleges.

In addition, one graduate program was recognized with an exceptional national honor: the SAU Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program was recently ranked in the top 10 in the United States, an honor it shares with Harvard, Creighton, and Washington University in St. Louis.

SAU was ranked No. 9 Best DBA Program by Rankings were based on quality, reputation, affordability, value, and satisfaction.

"We are thrilled," said DBA Program Director Monica Forret, PhD. "This is a recognition of all of the hard work of our students and faculty, and the care and attention to detail that has been a hallmark of the program since it started," she said.

SAU offered one of the first DBA programs in the country, launched in 1998 and catered specifically to working professionals. The 48-credit hour program in management focuses on evidence-based practice and enables students to apply scientific research to better their organizations. All courses are taught face-to-face and offered in the evening, which was noted in the ranking. "This allows our students to create relationships with each other, and they gain a support group and build a network as they make their way through their doctoral studies," Forret said.

"Our students and faculty are very invested in one another, and we want to see one another succeed, which is one reason for the high completion rate. For those students who hit the dissertation phase, 95 percent finish," she said.

"One of the most rewarding aspects is seeing our students complete the applied dissertation and take their research further through presenting at conferences and publishing in academic journals," Forret said. "In addition, it has been extremely rewarding to see how the DBA program has helped students to progress in their careers and to open up new opportunities for them."

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Additional rankings and honors for St. Ambrose include:

U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report recently released its 2019 online edition of Best Colleges and ranked SAU 38th (tie) in its list of Regional Universities-Midwest.

The publication noted "robust academic and co-curricular programs are offered in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, the health sciences, and increasingly in STEM fields," as well as the personal attention students receive and service opportunities. "Fundamental to an Ambrose education, students learn how to make a difference in the community and beyond, becoming positive agents of change."

In addition, this was the fourth year the publication designated St. Ambrose as a Best College for Veterans. SAU was ranked 23rd (tie) out of the 52 Midwestern regional universities that made the list.

These select universities are recognized for offering the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program to veterans, for being well-situated to support enrolled service members and veterans.

College Consensus

SAU was ranked No. 5 in College Consensus' inaugural survey of Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa for 2018, and 13th in the category Best Regional Universities-Midwest, based on an average of published rankings and student reviews.

College Consensus noted SAU's lower-than-average student-to-faculty ratio allows for personal attention and guidance; high-quality graduate programs; student diversity; and several programs with specialized accreditation, including engineering and nursing

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