Category: Jay Halfond

Former MET Dean Says BU’s Top Marks on Federal Test Prove School to be “Financially Solid”

April 1st, 2016 in Faculty News, Finance, Jay Halfond, MET News

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Boston University has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a model of financial responsibility, receiving a perfect score in a recent survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The study examined the way both for-profit and not-for-profit private institutions of higher education allocate federal funds and student aid, and according to BU Distance Education professor and former MET dean Jay Halfond, the report indicates that “It is clear that BU is financially solid based on its savings, equity and income.”

Read more about The Chronicle of Higher Education’s report and grading process at The Daily Free Press.

Continuing Education Essential to Evolving Universities, Says Former Dean

February 16th, 2016 in Administrative Sciences, Jay Halfond, MET News

Continuing Education Essential to Evolving Universities, Says Former Dean

Continuing education serves a key role for universities seeking to adapt to the evolving professional landscape, according to former MET dean and current Professor of the Practice Jay Halfond.

In an interview with The evoLLLution about challenges facing the higher education leadership of today, Halfond advocates for the importance of foundational learning like liberal arts studies, and for schools like Metropolitan College, which serve as the vital outreach arm of many universities.

“Continuing educators are in a unique position to bring greater student access to their institutions—by enhancing the generational, geographic, ethnic, international, and socio-economic mix of students,” he says.

Read more of Professor Halfond’s insights into the evolving educational landscape in The evoLLLution.

Former MET Dean Blazes Trail Teaching American Culture to International Students

January 11th, 2016 in Jay Halfond, MET News

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Professor of the Practice Jay Halfond believes that most American universities fail to offer their international students as rounded an education as their domestic peers receive, and that the key to remedying this disparity is in offering those who come to the United States for their education a more nuanced perspective on American culture—controversies, conflicts, inconsistencies, and all.

In a recent Huffington Post article, the former Metropolitan College dean, now an instructor in the Administrative Sciences program, makes his case for educating international students in the field of American culture and institutions so that they can better understand the context that their U.S.-born peers might take for granted.

For more on Professor Halfond’s innovative approach, including the way he used Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” ordeal to explain the origins of the culture’s common “-gate” suffix, read his piece at the Huffington Post.

Professor Jay Halfond Speaks to Campus Citizens

June 18th, 2015 in Faculty News, Jay Halfond, MET News

Professor Jay Halfond Speaks to Campus Citizens

Former dean of MET and Professor of the Practice Jay Halfond critiques the view of students as consumers in “Campus Citizens, Not Just Customers,” his most recent Huffington Post blog entry.

“As a teacher and former administrator, I’ve noted a hierarchy in the ways students engage in learning.”

Read more »

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Blogging with Professor Jay Halfond

September 11th, 2014 in Administrative Sciences, Jay Halfond, MET News

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In August, Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences Jay Halfond (former dean of MET) published two posts to his ongoing Huffington Post blog—“An Encore Professor” and “The Innovation Seesaw.” Professor Halfond has been blogging insights on higher education since October 2012—you can read the blog here.

Dr. Jay A. Halfond on Higher Education in Post-Conflict Societies

April 10th, 2014 in Administrative Sciences, Faculty News, Jay Halfond, MET News

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MET’s former dean and current Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences, Jay A. Halfond, wrote an article for New England Journal of Higher Education called “From Arab Spring to Academic Blossoming? Transforming Nations after their Liberation.” The article examines notions of higher education in post-conflict societies such as Libya, and how Western models can serve as positive examples.

Read more at the New England Journal of Higher Education

Dr. Jay A. Halfond on True Distance Learning

February 12th, 2014 in Distance Education, Faculty News, Jay Halfond, MET News

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MET’s former dean and current Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences, Jay A. Halfond, wrote an article for The Huffington Post on the growing popularity of distance learning done completely online. Dr. Halfond states that those most attuned to the advantages of distance learning are “generally older, with careers and families—[who] want control over their education—not to be bound to a location and schedule that dictates their lives… This micro-trend is true distance learning: those students taking complete degrees online, anywhere and anytime.”

Read more at The Huffington Post

MET Professors Pen Op-Ed on Arts in Boston

September 26th, 2013 in Administrative Sciences, Arts Administration, Faculty News, Jay Halfond, MET News, Rich Maloney

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Assistant Professor of Arts Administration Rich Maloney and Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences Jay Halfond co-authored an Op-Ed piece on the role of the arts in Boston, which appeared in the Boston Herald earlier this week. The article cites the strong historical presence of the arts in the city, and examines the advantages this tradition could offer when it intersects with business.

As we move from an information to an innovation age, workers able to harness their creativity to develop new products and processes — and navigate a complex and volatile business environment — will play an increasingly vital role in our economy. A 2010 IBM study of more than 1,500 CEOs found that the most important factor for predicting future organizational success was their ability to infuse creativity throughout their organizations. Boston has more than its share of what urban scholar Richard Florida calls the “creative class.”

Full article: Boston Herald

Photo: flickr/bdamon

MET Dean to Assume New Post

November 2nd, 2012 in Announcements, BU Today Features, Faculty News, Jay Halfond, MET News, Tanya Zlateva

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After nearly a dozen years helming BU’s Metropolitan College, Dean Jay Halfond will step down at the end of the fall semester. He will teach a graduate seminar at the School of Education next semester before taking a yearlong sabbatical, beginning next summer. He plans to teach and conduct research when he returns.

Tanya Zlateva, MET’s associate dean for academic programs and an associate professor of computer science, will become interim dean beginning January 1, 2013.

Learn more about all Dean Halfond has done for BU and Metropolitan College in BU Today’s feature article.

Dean Halfond’s column for New England Journal of Higher Education is picked up by other publications.

June 1st, 2012 in Faculty News, Jay Halfond, MET News

Dean Halfond’s article for the New England Journal of Higher Education talks about the vanishing neighborhood campus. It was picked up by the Providence Journal and subsequently paraphrased in a recent Inside Higher Ed article.

He says:

Higher education thrived in various local settings, especially for adults returning to college on a part-time basis. Much of this has now vanished—though perhaps re-emerging in new forms and for very different purposes.