An analysis of where University of St. Thomas evening M.B.A. students live and work, along with the goal of having more professional and technologically advanced facilities, led the Opus College of Business to change some of its satellite classroom locations in the Twin Cities. The changes went into effect this semester.
“We completed a review and analysis of our seven satellite locations in Minnesota,” said Deborah Battis, director of administrative support services for the Opus College of Business. “The research was conducted with the help of St. Thomas’ Geography Department and included a study of enrollment patterns at the various classroom sites and the work and home locations of our students.”
Of the satellite locations, the Mall of America and Anoka sites were relocated, and the Woodbury site was closed. The Eagan, Chaska, Owatonna and Rochester sites remain the same.
The south metro site that had been at the Mall of America for many years was moved to two state-of-the art classrooms in Suite 505 in the New France Place office building, located on the northeast corner of Interstate 494 and France Avenue in Bloomington. The building offers more than 800 free parking spaces. There are vending services inthe building as well as nearby dining options. The new classrooms can accommodate more students, and will be equipped more like those in Schulze Hall in Minneapolis and McNeely Hall in St. Paul.
The northwest metro facility, which was located at the Greenhaven Golf Course in Anoka, moved to Suite 235 of the new Bell Tower South office building at 7365 Kirkwood Court in Maple Grove. Located near the southwest corner of Interstate 94 and Hemlock Lane, the site has vending services and parking for several hundred vehicles. Numerous dining options are available in the nearby Arbor Lakes shopping area.
The change from Anoka to Maple Grove reflects the growing population along the Interstate 94 corridor from Minneapolis to St. Cloud.
Both sites offer Evening UST MBA core courses Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.