Category: Featured News Post

Prisoner Safety a Human Rights Issue, Says MET Corrections Authority

March 21st, 2017 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Featured News Post, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News, Programs

Prisoner Safety a Human Rights Issue, Says MET Corrections Authority

According to Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli—MET professor, recognized incarceration authority, and faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—prisoner’s rights issues as they relate to sexual assault must be treated as human rights issues, and protecting them is a key tenet to ethical leadership.

In an essay featured in the March/April issue of American Jails magazine, Dr. Mastrorilli explores the ways leadership practices—like those taught in the MET’s Master of Criminal Justice with a concentration in Strategic Management program—can be best integrated into the corrections system.

Read more in American Jails magazine.

No Timetable for Certified Financial Planners at CPE

March 3rd, 2017 in Featured News Post, Financial Planning, MET News, Programs

Financial Planner

Becoming a Financial Planner through Boston University’s Center for Professional Education can take time. In fact, for financial journalist Robert Powell (COM’90), a 20-year hiatus was just a speed-bump between beginning the Financial Planning program and resuming his studies in preparation for the CFP® exam.

Powell shared with MarketWatch readers that though professional obligations had interrupted his original plans in the program, he is now completing his CPE studies in pursuit of the highly respected CFP certification, which the experienced financial expert calls “the ‘gold standard’ in the financial planning profession.”

Read more in MarketWatch.

Food Business is Booming, Says Gastronomy Alum

February 15th, 2017 in Alumni News, Featured News Post, Gastronomy, MET News

Food Buisiness Gastronomy Alum

The food industry is growing in rapid and innovative ways, according to one MET alum, who says some businesses are even turning down opportunities for funding. After earning the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from BU, Natalie Shmulik (MLA’13) now serves a food business consultant at a Chicago-based food incubator, and she spoke with Forbes magazine about the many ways people are finding funding in food.

Read more of Shmulik’s advice to aspiring food entrepreneurs in Forbes.

MET Fundraising Expert Cautions Activists

February 10th, 2017 in Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News, Programs

Fundraising Expert Cautions Activists

Social activism is on the upswing, but a MET authority on high-end fundraising is urging advocates to be circumspect in the stands they take on where money-raising events should be held. Mary Simboski, who teaches in the Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate program, warned that once expensive venues have been booked to host charitable events, attempts to reschedule them or change locations can prove costly and ultimately hurt the causes they seek to advance.

Read more in The Big Story, from the Associated Press.

MET Alum Offers Advice to Developing Professionals

February 7th, 2017 in Alumni News, BU Today Features, Featured News Post, MET News

Michael Mccabe advice to developing professionals

Michael McCabe (MET’86,’87) knows how essential lifelong learning is to a flourishing career. McCabe, who sits on the Metropolitan College Dean’s Advisory Board, transitioned from a career in engineering to one in computer science after getting his education at BU. Now a managing director at the world’s largest professional services firm, where he regularly hires fellow BU alums, McCabe spoke with BU Today to share his professional insights for graduates who are just getting started in their careers.

Read more in BU Today.

MET Offers New Master’s Degree in Software Development

September 27th, 2016 in Computer Science and Information Technology, Featured News Post, MET News, Press Releases


MET’s Department of Computer Science has introduced a new master’s degree in Software Development. Available to students on campus and online, the Master of Science in Software Development (MSSD) is one of the few such graduate degrees in the United States. “Software developer” is ranked #2 on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Technology Jobs for 2016.

Read the full Press Release

With a Changing Field, MET Prescribes All-New Visual & Digital Health Communication Certificate

July 6th, 2016 in Featured News Post, Health Communication, MET News, Programs


Storytelling and service delivery in the health care field are changing, and so is the Health Communication program at Metropolitan College. A new online, four-course, 16-credit Graduate Certificate in Visual & Digital Health Communication program has been announced for this fall, designed to prepare students for the evolving health communication landscape, which has been beset by changes that are “fueled largely by technology and our consumer-driven health economy,” according to program director Leigh Curtin-Wilding. Read more about the Visual & Digital Health Communication graduate certificate here.

Read the full Press Release

MET Food & Wine Master and Wife Pen Chianti Tome

June 17th, 2016 in Faculty News, Featured News Post, Food & Wine, Gastronomy, MET News, William Nesto


William Nesto—a senior lecturer in MET’s Food & Wine program and one of only 312 certified Masters of Wine in the world—has co-authored a new book with his wife, Frances Di Savino, which celebrates the history of the modern wine appellation known as Chianti Classico. Their book, “Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine,” published by University of California Press, is due in stores September 20, 2016, just in time to accompany the Level 1 course for the four-part Wine Studies certificate program in which Nesto is an instructor.

Boston University Honored by USDLA for Best Practices in Distance Learning

May 18th, 2016 in Featured News Post, MET News


On May 11, 2016, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented Boston University with a 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning. Founded as a nonprofit association in 1987, the USDLA is the nation’s leading distance learning organization. The USDLA International Distance Learning Awards are presented annually during the National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, toacknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.”

Learn more about Boston University’s award-winning online programs.

Speaker Announced for MET Commencement 2016

May 2nd, 2016 in Alumni News, Commencement, Featured News Post, MET News

Ira CohenIra D. Cohen (MET’07) will be the speaker at the 2016 Commencement ceremony for Boston University Metropolitan College. Mr. Cohen is a managing director and board member of Signal Hill Capital, the largest investment-banking firm in the U.S. that focuses on technology, media, and telecom for growth companies.

Respected as one of the foremost experts in merger and acquisitions issues surrounding IT firms, Mr. Cohen is the former managing partner, cofounder, and president of Updata Advisors, Inc., a leading IT boutique investment banking firm. In August 2010, he led the merger of Updata into Signal Hill.

Mr. Cohen, who is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), has served on the Board of Advisors of Boston University Metropolitan College since 2012 and is a current part-time faculty member in Administrative Sciences at MET. He has a bachelor’s in accounting from the City University of New York–Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, and earned his master’s in Banking & Financial Services Management online from BU’s Metropolitan College.