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Steve Pohlen ‘86, Ed.D, Benilde-St. Margaret’s director of curriculum, instruction, and innovation, recently participated in a panel discussion exploring trends in higher education. The conversation is featured in the Nov. 18, 2022 digital and print edition of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal (MSPBJ).
“As society adapts to a post-pandemic world, the needs and expectations for preparing students have evolved over the last two years,” Dr. Pohlen explained, “BSM remains at the forefront of providing families in the Twin Cities with excellent education programs in grades 7-12 preparing their sons and daughters for college and life.”
Joining Dr. Pohlen for the MSPBJ’s Table of Experts conversation were Anthony Niedwiecki, President and Dean, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Michelle Wieser, Dean, School of Business and Technology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Robbyn Wacker, President, Dick Senese, President, Capella University, and Terrance Hopson, Regional Vice President, Western Governors University.
“BSM's holistic approach to education continues to set our school apart from other area college preparatory programs,” said Betsy Van Cleve ‘06, senior high admissions director. “Our approach is grounded in compassionately working with each student in a post-pandemic world, and we're successfully doing it with a heightened focus on value-based learning in an authentic learning environment.”
The panel discussion also explored how the school setting and use of technology impact pathways from graduation into today’s workforce and diverse society.
Dr. Pohlen shared how BSM strives to ensure “students will be better co-workers and leaders if they can develop cultural humility,” noting “BSM’s personalized courses match the diversity and interests of our students.”