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Women’s Prisons in Dire Need of Reform, Says MET Expert

April 5th, 2016 in MET News.


Amid the growing national sentiment that America’s prison system are in drastic need of reform, one area that demands greater attention, according to a Metropolitan College expert, is addressing the unique challenges faced by incarcerated women. Assistant Professor Danielle Rousseau teaches in MET’s criminal justice graduate program, ranked as the top online program of its kind by U.S. News & World Report. A recognized authority on criminology, women’s studies, and justice policy, she believes that despite making up a small percentage of the overall incarcerated population, bad practices in women’s prisons have outsized impacts on their social rehabilitation.

To learn more, read a Q&A with Professor Rousseau here.

MET Biology Teacher Examines the Visualization Process of the Human Mind

April 5th, 2016 in MET News.


Neuroscientist Dr. Andrey Vyshedskiy, who teaches undergraduate biology at MET, is at the head of groundbreaking research into the science of the imagination. His experiments in “mental synthesis,” which have drawn attention worldwide, reveal fresh insights into the neurological mechanisms that allow the human brain to conjure new images.

Read about Dr. Vyshedskiy’s findings at CNN-IBN.

MET Administrative Studies Alum Receives Prestigious Finance Award

April 1st, 2016 in Administrative Sciences, Alumni News, Finance, MET News.

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Daniel Miele (MET’00) has been named a 2016 Five Star Wealth Manager, an honor awarded to those financial advisors that exhibit excellence in their field and meet requisite criteria which includes objective assessments of client retention rates, client assets administered, and a favorable regulatory and complaint history. Miele, an alumnus of Metropolitan College’s Administrative Studies program, serves as a financial advisor with Centinel Financial Group, LLC in Marshfield, Massachusetts. The recognition, which comes from the independent experts at Five Star Professional, was announced in the pages of Boston Magazine’s February issue.

Incarceration Specialist and Criminal Justice Professor Debunks Solitary Myths

April 1st, 2016 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News.

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Solitary confinement for inmates may be a controversial practice, as the phrase can conjure images of borderline cruel and unusual isolation, but according to MET professor and incarceration authority Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, the way prisons actually utilize “solitary” is essential, and greatly misunderstood. “Restrictive housing is a necessity in correctional facilities,” she wrote in a recent BU Today op-ed, noting that it is often used to protect prisoners that would otherwise be endangered.

Mastrorilli, who also serves as faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—rated as the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—added, “The problem occurs when it is the placement of first resort rather than last.”

Read the rest of Dr. Mastrorilli’s “POV” op-ed at BU Today.

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.


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.