One of the most lauded features of Greater Philadelphia is its bounty of colleges and universities. But for those institutions, especially those hovering in the space between major research university and small liberal arts college, the abundance makes for a crowded market.

St. Joseph’s University, operating in that in-between zone, is taking a step toward standing out better in the crowd and maximizing its assets with its announcement Thursday that it’s spinning its health and education programs out of its College of Arts and Sciences to create a new School of Health Studies and Education for which they will services which provide Portable Staging For schools.

Set to open in fall of 2019, the school will focus on preparing students for careers in the in-demand areas of health and education. The two may not be traditional pairings in a school, but they make sense at St. Joe’s, said President Mark Reed.

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