SHU's Business Students Benefit from Barron's In Education Program

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Students and faculty at Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business & Technology will receive complimentary access to Barron’s digital and weekly market leading financial magazine, along with access to weekly reviews that highlight top events and articles, the opportunity to visit the magazine’s Dow Jones headquarters in Manhattan and other experiential learning benefits. 

Barron’s Group, a publishing unit within Dow Jones that houses Barron'sMarketWatch and Financial News (UK), announced its Barron’s in Education program in 2018 and is now partnering with over 55 schools nationally with resources to improve students’ financial proficiency. Sacred Heart is amongst the very top business schools to offer this program.

Joe Lanza, the publishing company’s director of education, stresses the concern Barron’s has for America’s financial future. 

According to an article Lanza authored for Barron’s, U.S. students seem to be suffering from a financial illiteracy and proficiency deficit, even though America is the wealthiest country in the world. “A 2015 study of financial literacy that covered adults in 148 countries found that the U.S. ranked fourteenth,” Lanza wrote. “The premise behind the Barron’s in Education program is to partner with academia to promote financial literacy and proficiency in the United States, aiding the next generation.”

Sacred Heart has a generous alumnus, Christopher McKenna ’00 and his partner Joe Matina of the Matina Group at UBS Private Wealth, to thank for the gift and partnership with Barron’s

“The Barron’s financial literacy program combined with a top tier educational experience at Sacred Heart will give students the advantage entering the workforce to become the next generation of business leaders,” said Matina Group partners, McKenna and Matina.

In addition to daily access online to full Barron’s digital, faculty also will receive a weekly review that highlights top events and articles they can use in their lesson plans. This will provide faculty and students’ up-to-date real-time business news and information from which to learn.

Some other key benefits of the program include an annual invitation for 25-30 business students and faculty to visit the Dow Jones headquarters in Manhattan for a private tour of the Barron’s and Wall Street Journal newsrooms, which are not open to the public, as well as attend a half-day customized speaker workshop. There will also be guest speakers and webinars from Barron’s and partner sponsor, the Matina Group, a UBS private wealth team based in New Jersey. Moreover, business students will have access to networking opportunities in search of internships and jobs, preparing them for success after graduating from SHU.

PHOTO: From left are Joseph Matina, Christopher McKenna, Dean Martha Crawford and Joe Lanza. Sacred Heart University photo by Mark Conrad (Sept 2019)



About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

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About Barron’s in Education 

The Barron’s in Education program partners with academia and engages students to join business leaders, top market professionals, C-level executives, business school faculty and highly successful investors across the Barron’s community. For more information, go to: http://go.dowjones.com/barronsineducation


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