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Metropolitan College Senior Instructional Designer Fawn Thompson received an Effective Practices Award from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional online learning collaborative devoted the advancement of high-quality, innovative digital educational experiences.
The award recognized Ms. Thompson’s peer review method to course design approaches, an initiative that was adopted by the entire instructional design team in MET’s Office of Distance Education. The method provides MET’s instructional design professionals with an opportunity to meet challenges, improve accessibility, promote collaboration, and expand expertise in online course design.
Ms. Thompson accepted her award at the OLC Innovate Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Read more about the award here.
In a promising development for public relations professionals seeking entry into high-growth health-related fields, Boston University’s Metropolitan College will now waive two required courses in the Master of Science in Health Communication (MSHC) program for admitted students bearing the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential.
With the waiver, which grants accredited MSHC candidates exemptions from Contemporary Public Relations (MET HC 756) and Media Relations for Health Communicators (MET HC 758), students can earn their master’s degree in as few as 14 months and save an estimated 20 percent in projected tuition costs. APR-holding applicants may also forgo the admissions essays normally required and instead submit a brief professional statement. The dispensation comes in recognition of the expertise in strategic communication and ethical standards achieved by those holding the APR.
Boston University’s Metropolitan College is well represented at this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as hockey defenseman Matt Gilroy (MET’09) is suiting up for Team USA.
Gilroy, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Studies at MET, earned the 2009 Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey after leading the Terriers to the 2008–2009 NCAA championship, and was named to the BU Athletic Hall of Fame last summer.
Read more about Team USA’s BU connections in BU Today.
As the trade of goods throughout the world evolves, thanks to shifting markets and technologies, so too do the professional opportunities. A recent report from MHI/Deloitte surveyed 1,100 supply chain and manufacturing leaders, and 63 percent said the biggest challenge they face is hiring and retaining a skilled workforce able to take advantage of the landscape’s emerging technology. In an interview featured in Fortune magazine, Associate Professor John Sullivan, who serves as chair of the MET Department of Administrative Sciences, expressed his belief that the field only stands to become more essential to the health of enterprises. “Supply chain management in most industries is going to be a critical component to survival, because if you have any disruption in your supply chain, you die,” he said.
Assistant Professor Canan Gunes Corlu, who teaches as part of the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management degree program, added that MET’s supply chain curriculum qualifies its graduates to meet these needs. “The commitment is to provide our students with knowledge and skills in the areas of highest demand by the industry,” she said
Read more here.
As the founder, chairman, and CEO of CyberArk, a leading information security firm, Udi Mokady (MET’09) has seen the growth of the cybersecurity industry in recent years. Mr. Mokady charted his company’s rise to prominence, and discussed the impact of his Metropolitan College education, as the keynote speaker of last month’s 2017 Boston University Metropolitan College Distinguished Lecture, The CyberArk Story: From Startup to IPO and Beyond.
Mr. Mokady described how his field has become more prominent since founding his company. “In the information security space at the time, the initial adopters and prospective customers were in the financial services—the banks,” Mokady said of his company’s clientele in its early days. “Fast-forward to 2017, it’s not the case. We see every single vertical that you can think of worry about information security. You’ll find health care, manufacturing, education, telecommunication, and the list goes on,” he explained.
MET provides multiple avenues to gain entry into the professional field of cybersecurity, including the Master of Criminal Justice with concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, the Master of Science in Computer Science with concentration in Security, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with concentration in Security, and the Master of Science in Telecommunication with concentration in Security. The MS information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems.
Watch a video of Mr. Mokady’s lecture on our website.
A degree from BU can provide a real workplace edge. That’s according to Times Higher Education, whose latest rankings assess Boston University graduates to be the fifth-most employable in the country, and sixth-most employable in the world. Determined through international surveys of management-level recruiters and executives, BU’s placement in the Times Higher Education list was up from last year, when the University was ranked seventh for employability nationally and eleventh internationally.
Read more at BU Today.
On Monday, October 30, BU Today featured a Q&A with Boston University alumnus Ralph H. Groce III (Questrom’82, MET’84), who is senior vice president and chief information officer at Everest Reinsurance and recipient of MET’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. In the Q&A, part of BU Today’s “Jump-start Your Job Search” series, Groce shares valuable career insight and perspective about success and failure. This past May, he also addressed graduating MET students and their families with a galvanizing Convocation speech.
Read the full Q&A in BU Today.
On September 29, 2017, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities welcomed Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19th Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States, to speak on the topic of Urbanization in Ghana. In a visit facilitated by Kwabena Kyei-Aboagye—Metropolitan College professor and alumnus of the Master of City Planning program—the Ambassador addressed an audience that included students and faculty of MET’s City Planning and Urban Affairs programs, discussing sustainable development in rapidly growing urban centers such as Accra and Kumasi.
A pair of Boston University Distance Education teaching professionals have been recognized for the success of an innovative new course in the Health Communication program by this year’s Blackboard Catalyst Awards.
Instructor Alane Bearder and Senior Instructional Designer Elena Garofoli are the recipients of the 2017 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching & Learning, bestowed for their work on MET HC 762 Visual Communication in the Digital Health Age, the first course to be developed as part of the Graduate Certificate in Visual & Digital Health Communication program. The award is conferred upon those who have positively impacted the educational experience through the adoption of flexible, distance, and online delivery.
“We’re proud to keep Boston University on the vanguard of higher education for professional health communicators with this, and other innovative learning experiences still ahead,” Health Communication Program Director Leigh Curtin-Wilding said of the award.
Dr. Vijay Kanabar, associate professor and director of project management programs at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, has received the Project Management Institute’s new Teaching Excellence Award.
The PMI® Teaching Excellence Award recognizes and honors an individual faculty member for outstanding teaching practices in project management; it also commends the recipient for a strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education. “This is the ‘Oscar’ of project management,” asserts Dr. Kanabar’s colleague, Associate Professor Roger D. H. Warburton, academic coordinator for project management programs. The award was presented on June 14, 2017, at the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) conference, which was hosted by MET and attended by guests from more than 35 countries.
A certified Project Management Professional with expertise in business practices and computer science, Professor Kanabar is recognized as an authority on IT project management, electronic commerce, and information security. As director of MET’s long-running Project Management master’s degree and graduate certificate, he has ensured that MET’s project management programs—which also include an IT Project Management master’s concentration and graduate certificate—represent the vanguard of formalized training in the profession.
“Vijay is the first recipient of this new award, and the competitive field of candidates was drawn from all over the world,” says Dr. Warburton. “No one deserves it more than Vijay.”