The EvoLLLution: Illustrating the Value of Education to Prospective Students

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  With the disruption of the pandemic, students are questioning the value of education, and institutions need to step up and show them its importance, especially now. In this interview, Joe Sallustio and Elizabeth Leiba talk to Irma Becerra about how Marymount University shifted their strategic plans in light of the pandemic, how to help students see […]

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Washington Business Journal: Marymount University is restructuring its academics – with help from these business leaders

Washington Business Journal: Doubling Pell Grant max is a wise investment for the future

  With the new year will come a smaller, tighter academic structure for Marymount University, which has been tapping business leaders to help devise the new strategy that’s also meant to reduce its annual costs. The small, private Arlington university plans to go from four academic schools and roughly two-dozen departments to three colleges and […]

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WDVM: Only 86 positive coronavirus cases: How Marymount University has kept students safe this past semester

  Four thousand students, faculty, and staff, but only 86 positive coronavirus cases. Marymount University has kept their COVID-19 numbers low since students returned to campus back in August. At the height of the pandemic, the college made the decision to hold their spring 2020 classes completely virtual, but the feedback they received from students […]

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U.S. News & World Report: Hispanic Serving Institutions: What to Know

  The growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S. has boomed in recent decades, and Hispanics now make up the largest racial or ethnic minority in the country, per U.S. Census data. With that growth has come the emergence of Hispanic Serving Institutions. By definition, Hispanic Serving Institutions – or HSIs – are colleges or universities where […]

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The ACCU Blog on Leadership: Irma Becerra

  Position: Irma Becerra, Ph.D., is the seventh president of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, a position she has held since 2018. Career highlights: Provost and chief academic officer at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens from 2014 to 2018; vice president, vice provost, entrepreneurship center director and professor at Florida International University from 1996 to 2014. Becerra founded […]

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ARLnow.com: Marymount University calls fall semester a success

  Despite the pandemic, and dozens of COVID-19 cases, Arlington-based Marymount University says the fall semester — conducted with a mix of in-person and virtual classes — was largely a success. “In what has been perhaps the most challenging semester for U.S. higher educational institutions in recent memory, Marymount University has successfully navigated the Fall […]

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WDVM: Marymount University first in state to be designated as Hispanic-serving

  Marymount University is the first higher education institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Its Hispanic population makes up over 25 percent of the undergraduate student body. When she took office as university president in 2018, Dr. Irma Becerra says Marymount’s Hispanic population was 17 percent of the […]

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Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: Marymount University becomes Virginia’s first HSI

  With 25.1% of its undergraduate population identifying as Hispanic, Marymount University became the first Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) in Virginia. Currently, 308 institutions qualify as an HSI, which must enroll at least 25% Hispanic students, according to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Overall, among the undergraduate and graduate populations combined, Hispanic students make […]

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The Arlington Catholic Herald: Marymount University emphasizes service on Charter Day

Since 1950, Marymount University in Arlington has emphasized three core values – one of them being “service to others.” As the community marked the day of the institution’s founding 70 years ago, its members proved that service is not just something they talk about – it’s evident in their actions. The university’s charter day celebration […]

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