Lasallian education strives to make quality education accessible and reach students where they are. At Saint Mary’s, that’s lived out through flexible programs such as the Doctor of Education in Leadership. Offered through the Graduate School of Education, the three-year program (not including dissertation) is offered in a traditional face-to-face format and in a blended online format. Learners in the blended cohort follow the same curricular path as those in the more traditional model, but the majority of the coursework is completed online. More than 35 students in the program gathered July 9-19 on the Twin Cities Campus for an eight-day residency, an opportunity for students to be immersed in leadership, research, and dialogue. Three cohorts of students, almost all of whom are in the online program, spent time together building community while participating in activities such as classwork, social gatherings, networking, and dissertation-writing workshops. The annual residency helps build stronger relationships among peers, faculty, and advisers which informs their work when they return online for the rest of the year.

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