Dear MET Alumni,
What has given me greatest satisfaction over the course of my deanship is meeting students who have benefited from our programs—and sharing their sense of personal accomplishment. The majority of MET’s students are in programs that didn’t even exist when I took on this role a dozen years ago. Throughout this time, Metropolitan College raised its academic standards, extended its reach nationally and internationally, and honed its entrepreneurial and idealistic spirit to create exciting new opportunities for students.
MET was transformed from a predominately local and undergraduate evening college to a national model for adult learning—through on-campus, online, and on-site programs, now with a far greater emphasis on graduate and professional education. We elevated the student profile and public reputation of MET by emphasizing the academic value of our programs and serving the educational needs of highly motivated students far beyond the Boston metropolitan area. We developed a premier, nationally recognized distance learning operation, which now supports almost 10 percent of BU’s total student population—from every state and over thirty nations.
Over just a decade, nine new degrees, twenty-nine new academic and professional certificates, and eleven more concentrations were added. We brought twelve master’s degrees and one undergraduate degree fully online. Globally, we developed partnerships and outreach opportunities with dozens of companies and academic institutions. Locally, MET deepened its commitment to multigenerational programs, scholarships, and community service. Within Boston University, the College has served as an institutional voice for academic innovation—promoting a generosity of spirit in partnering with other BU colleges to foster technological and pedagogical initiative and experimentation. Within MET itself, we built a powerful infrastructure to provide quality communications, financial, IT, and student service support to our community of students and faculty.
We grew the size, diversity, and caliber of our full-time faculty—placing a far greater emphasis on their scholarship, innovation, and service. MET’s faculty often would share with me how they have “the best gig in the world.” I have decided it is now time to join them. I want to participate more deeply in programs I helped to build. I will be assisting in the leadership transition and then moving to full-time faculty status: a plan and a dream that I have had for quite some time. I will be leaving the deanship of a college with a now-far-larger student population in a much richer array of programs, and joining a faculty deeply committed to innovative teaching.
Even though Metropolitan College has been in business for 47 years, more than a third of MET’s 26,000 alumni were students during my deanship. I have had the privilege of handing you your diplomas on the commencement stage, visiting your classes, meeting you at receptions, reading your course evaluations, and corresponding with you over the years. You taught me about your experiences and expectations, and shared your satisfactions and occasional criticisms. This served as the foundation for our aspirations over the course of the decade.
As I think about the many, many thank-yous a departing dean owes, my gratitude for those who gave us their confidence and commitment as students is, by far, the most profound. We could not have done what we did without you. I hope you are as proud of this enterprise as I am.
Jay A. Halfond
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Dean’s Advisory Board
Advisory Board members convened during the Campaign for Boston University kickoff event, held over alumni weekend in September. Left to right: Dr. Andrew Morgenstern (MET’94); Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences Roger Warburton; Linda McCutcheon (DGE’75, MET’77); Kimberly Grant (MET’10); Dean Halfond; Ira Cohen (MET’07); Michael McCabe (MET’87); Brian Inselberg (CGS’83, MET’85); and Howard Williams (MET’86, SED’89).