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Based on analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews, Niche.com has recognized Albright College as one of the Top 12 Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania and one of the Top 88 Best Value Colleges in the state, as part of its 2020 Best College rankings. The college search site also nationally ranked Albright highly for both categories.
Under the direction of English lecturer Marian Frances Wolbers, more than a dozen Albright adult and undergraduate students, alongside alumni and staff members, penned 35 winning Best of Berks business profiles for Berks County Living magazine’s December 2019 issue. In addition, Albright fashion alumna Juli Cleaver ’01 was featured for earning a second Lifetime Best Award as owner of Bella Jules Fashion Boutique, in West Reading.
Albright music industry study students, Jessica Mack ’21 and Patrick Sporrer ’21, earned President’s Innovation Awards from the National Association of Music Merchants. The awards honor college students who demonstrate excellence in the field of music who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry.
Sport management is now available as a track of Albright’s robust bachelor’s degree in business administration program, joining five other established tracks that include economics, finance, international business, management and marketing. The college also offers an interdisciplinary major in accounting, economics and finance with tracks that focus on accounting or financial analysis.
Interest in sport management (a $200-billion-per-year-industry in the United States alone) is high — especially among the 30 percent of Albright students who are varsity athletes.
“Knowledge of the sports industry enables students to pursue a commercial interest in athletics,” says Richard P. Schott, MBA. “At Albright, they’ll learn to think critically about the industry, make effective decisions and collaborate with people of like experience around the world.”
After growing 817 percent over five years, the Science Research Institute (SRI) at Conrad Weiser is expanding to Albright College, allowing SRI to continue growing, and offering Berks County middle and high school students and parents an additional, more-centralized location for state-of-the-art scientific summer and after-school programming. Programming at Albright will begin this summer, followed by after-school programs in the fall. Dual enrollment will also be available for 11th and 12th graders.
At its core, SRI is a framework for integrating research-based learning into all disciplines. Participants learn to function in a high-level scientific research setting while preparing for college and graduate-level research. They are encouraged to create research projects in the biomedical, genetic, environmental, agricultural, biotechnology and materials sciences as well as dance, art, music, the humanities, culinary arts and fashion. Currently, more than 80 organizations partner with SRI — spanning businesses, scientific industry groups, higher education, professional organizations and foundations.
“This is a fabulous opportunity for Albright,” says President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82. “It brings a highly recognized program to Albright, which will be important in our community. Our local school district superintendents are enthused that Albright SRI is much closer for their students, and we will be bringing high quality high school students to our campus, preparing them for the intense STEM work they will go on to do in college and in the workplace.”
Learn more at Albright.edu/sri.