Published 07/27/17


"As the Grand Prize winner of last year’s CP&M Education Design Showcase, Bryant University’s Academic Innovation Center in Smithfield, RI, is ground-breaking, forward-facing and evocative." – College Planning & Management, Innovative Spaces issue, March 1, 2017

Bryant University is Making News

With the opening of the Academic Innovation Center, advancements in the Capital Campaign, marking five years of IDEA, world-class faculty experts weighing in on global markets, and visits from an Apple Computer co-founder, a renowned global CEO, a Nobel Laureate, and an Oscar-winning actor, Bryant is making news. Here are the latest highlights. 

Bryant Rises in USA Today/College Factual Rankings 

August 30, 2017 – Bryant’s innovative education continues to climb in national rankings, and the University has most recently been ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities in the  2018  USA Today /College Factual  rankings. Bryant’s prestigious programs in Business, International Business, and Marketing are each ranked at no. 3, with Accounting at no. 4. in the country. Read more >

EDUCAUSE:  Six Steps to Innovation

July 3, 2017 – While all leaders recognize the need for innovation in product, process, and services, the word innovation has many meanings. It is perhaps the most ubiquitous word in both business and higher education lexicons today, yet there is seldom a common meaning of the term. Everyone wants an "innovative business model," but what exactly does that mean? Read more >

AACSB BizEd Magazine :    Cultivating Campus Cultures of Teaching.  Ways to encourage faculty to  innovate in the classroom.

July/August 2017 – How can a business school encourage faculty to refresh and rethink their teaching practices? Put systems in place that make it easier for faculty to adopt pedagogical innovation. At Bryant University, a management-focused institution in Smithfield, Rhode Island, administrators and faculty have implemented initiatives to create a culture of teaching innovation. Read more >

Times Higher Ed (UK):  Trust academics to design classrooms of future, says president

June 14, 2017 – How do you create a university building that will encourage outstanding innovative teaching? That question has vexed architects, educationalists and higher education leaders throughout the world for years despite billions of pounds being poured into flashy campus facilities. However, one U.S. University believes that it has found a relatively simple answer: ask academics to design their own classrooms. Read more >

Inc. Magazine:  22 Books to Help You Get Ahead in Business and Life

June 3, 2017 – President Ronald K. Machtley was one of 22 top CEOs (the only university president) to give book recommendations. “Isaacson explains that innovation is a lengthy process; it takes a long time to go from an innovative idea to full discovery and the successful culmination of a concept.” Read more >

Providence Journal:   GE Chairman to Bryant Grads, “Go do things. Don’t tweet so darn much.”

May 20, 2017 – With a tip of the hat to other college graduation speakers this season — from rocker Stevie Van Zandt to Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, Jeffrey R. Immelt looked out over the Bryant University Class of 2017 and said: “A lot of you wish you could have had a rock star, somebody more exciting than a business stiff.” But “I’m the only person up here today that could actually give you a job,” the chairman and chief executive of GE said to laughter, cheers and applause from the 870-plus graduating seniors and their families gathered on Bryant’s campus, in a state where GE Digital is just starting to gain a toehold. Read more >

Providence Journal:   Wozniak Formula for Success? Direction, Engineering, Marketing + Video

April 6, 2017 –   One of the founders of Apple, Steve Wozniak, spoke Thursday afternoon at Bryant University, describing the early days of the computer giant and passing lessons along to a largely student audience. Wozniak told a large gathering of students and guests that his path to designing the first Apple computer started with mathematics, in third grade.  Read more >

EdSurge.com:  A New Architecture for the University Campus of the Future

March 22, 2017 – As schools innovate and transform what teaching and learning look like on their campuses, the design of academic buildings is likely to change in dramatic ways as well...Bryant University, a private university located in Smithfield, Rhode Island with academic programs that integrate business and the arts and sciences with a global perspective, offers a glimpse of what the future of campus design could look like. Read more >

Providence Journal: Nobel Laureate, Oscar-winning actor urge global women’s empowerment

March 18, 2017 –  Leymah Gbowee and Geena Davis speak forcefully at Bryant Women’s Summit.  A Nobel Peace Prize laureate and an Academy Award-winning actor and advocate made powerful arguments for gender equality and elimination of pervasive barriers facing girls and women around the world during Bryant University’s 20th annual  Women’s Summit,  which drew a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000 Friday. Read more >

Providence Business News:  Women seeking mentors, support and inspiration flock each year to Bryant's campus for summit

March 17, 2017 – Almost 20 years ago, when Anne Szostak led what was then Fleet Bank Rhode Island, she had the demanding career of an executive and a family that included two children. Over time, she came to view the pursuit of a work-life balance as an illusion. Read more >

College Planning & Management Magazine :    Future Focused, Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center

March 1, 2017 – As the Grand Prize winner of last year’s CP&M Education Design Showcase, Bryant University’s Academic Innovation Center in Smithfield, RI, is ground-breaking, forward-facing and evocative. Its more than 48,000 square feet holds a variety of teaching spaces calculated to accommodate multimodal presentations and learning. Read more >

University Business : Bryant IDEA Marks Five Years Teaching Design Thinking Methods 

January 20, 2017 – Bryant’s Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA) is new way of teaching and learning that has catalyzed a movement at Bryant. Now in its 5 th  year, IDEA has evolved to far more than a design thinking course for students. It’s part of a larger institutional initiative to reimagine higher education through design thinking and innovation.  Read more >

The Hill:  Exploring the post-election market rally 

December 13, 2016 – The incoming administration’s unique ability to make major policy shifts without so much as a blink is turning out to be both a source of uncertainty and reassurance at the same time...Call it quantum politics if you like, but we seem to have gone through the looking glass and discovered that we like it there. Read more >

International Business Times : Fed moves affect homeowners, young people

December 13, 2016 – Professor Peter Nigro: That upward trend is  already well underway . Interest rates on various forms of debt have sprung up "dramatically" since Donald Trump's Nov. 8 election upset, as higher demand for U.S. government bonds has pushed up their yield, said Peter Nigro, a Bryant University School of Business professor and former senior financial economist at the Office of the Comptroller of Currency.  Read more >

Providence Journal : Alpert Foundation grant to further Bryant’s health sciences programs

December 9, 2016 –  The Warren Alpert Foundation has given Bryant University a $2.5-million “challenge grant” to support its School of Health Sciences, which was established two years ago and continues to grow, according to the university. Read more >

College Planning & Management Education Design Showcase  Grand Prize: Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center

December 1, 2017 – Bryant University has a 153-year tradition of innovation – anticipating and adapting to changes in the world to prepare students for success. Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center (AIC) is the pinnacle achievement in a 20-year period of unprecedented growth, innovation, and transformation at Bryant University. Read more >

University Business:   Bryant Builds initiative culminates with two cornerstone projects

September 28, 2016 – Two premier projects of the historic Bryant Builds initiative, which has already generated record philanthropic support and resulted in the completion of more than 250,000 square feet of new facilities, will be celebrated and dedicated on September 23-24, Bryant’s homecoming weekend. Under the leadership of Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley, in his 21st year at the University, Bryant Builds is the largest and most transformative facilities initiative since Bryant’s move from Providence to Smithfield 45 years ago.  Read more (registration required)  >

Forbes.com: How to Invest in Q4 2016: The Best Ideas from 5 Stock Market Pros

September 29, 2016 –  Professor David Louton: It has become increasingly clear that monetary intervention alone will not be sufficient to put us back on a healthy path, during this extended era of recovery from the financial crisis, featuring modest growth that never really matures into a robust economic expansion.  Read more >

Providence Journal:  Bryant ready to show off its Academic Innovation Center

September 18, 2016 –  The days of using the lecture-hall-style classroom may be fading...This traditional format is shifting at least at Bryant University, now that it has launched its new Academic Innovation Center, or AIC. The spacious, light-filled and mostly-glass building has all the trappings worthy of a high-tech Silicon Valley office — mobile workstations, multiple remote monitors, glass rooms and whiteboards galore. Read more >