MET’s Online Programs in Computer Information Systems and Management Rank #2 and #8 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs
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Metropolitan College’s Online Master’s Programs in Computer Information Systems and Management Rank #2 and #8 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs
January 8, 2014, Boston—Two Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) graduate programs placed in the top ten Best Online Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. Both rankings demonstrate improvement over last year.
In a comparison of the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, MET’s fully online master’s in Computer Information Systems ascended 12 positions to the second-highest ranking of the 34 schools listed, preceded only by the University of Southern California and tying with Virginia Tech. Out of the Best Online Graduate Business Programs, MET’s six master’s degree programs in management—also fully online—made a significant jump in rank to place eighth among the 239 listed schools. The ranking assessed U.S. schools, and took into account a variety of factors.
“The rankings reflect and affirm the excellence and dedication of MET students, alumni, faculty, facilitators, and staff,” observes MET Dean ad interim Tanya Zlateva. “The underlying methodology takes into consideration many data points under key categories, including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity.”
Zlateva underscores one factor in particular: “At the heart of every MET academic activity is the quality of our students. Their commendable motivation—along with their professional credentials, academic contributions, and dedication—continues to make MET a unique and vibrant academic community.”
Since 2001, Boston University has pioneered a trusted model of digital learning unparalleled in American higher education. The University’s distinguished faculty and office of Distance Education work in close partnership to design BU’s 35 online programs, bringing the University’s groundbreaking research, academic innovation, and internationally renowned faculty to students around the globe. Metropolitan College alone accounts for over twenty online degree and certificate programs—and roughly 40 percent of the College’s enrollments are in online programs.
“We take a tremendous amount of pride in our work to create outstanding experiences for online students that are built on a quality, pedagogically sound foundation,” says Director of Distance Education Nancy Coleman. Boston University has been recognized with an array of honors and awards for its online programming, including the 2010 Sloan Consortium award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education and the 2011 U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA) award for 21st Century Best Practices.
One of the first departments at MET to introduce a fully online degree program, the Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and now offers 17 degrees and certificates. With degree programs certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), the department was instrumental in BU’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The Computer Information Systems program is also accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Programs (GAC).
The high quality of MET’s Administrative Sciences programs is underscored by accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS) and the GAC—as well as BU’s membership in AACSB International. The department offers 20 degree and certificate programs, including the six online degrees in management (introduced in 2005).
“The rankings of MET’s online programs place Boston University at the very top in the highly competitive field of professional graduate online education,” concludes Dean Zlateva. “It is another affirmation of the overall excellence of Boston University, and its increasingly high standing across academic disciplines.”
U.S. News currently ranks Boston University 41st among national universities.
About Boston University’s Metropolitan College
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.
As one of the University’s 16 degree-granting bodies, Metropolitan College offers over 60 part-time undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, providing a flexible learning environment that supports the academic, professional, and intellectual needs of working adults. Along with convenient evening classes, Metropolitan College also offers a variety of high-quality online and blended-format programs. For more information, visit bu.edu/met.
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(Boston) — Boston University’s Executive MBA Program has been ranked number one in New England and 20th globally according to The Wall Street Journal’s 2010 survey of top EMBA Programs.
The 2010 Wall Street Journal ranking of Executive MBA programs was compiled by surveying thousands of students and hundreds of companies about the quality of EMBA programs and how well they deliver on improving management and leadership skills.
The rankings are based on three components: a survey of recent EMBA graduates (BU 14th); a survey of companies familiar with EMBA programs (BU 27th); and surveys of recent graduates and companies to determine how well schools impart crucial management and leadership skills (BU 18th).
The BU EMBA program placed in the top third of reported survey elements, including program quality, faculty quality, classmate quality, and immediately applicable coursework. It also had the sixth lowest total program cost overall and the lowest tuition of all U.S. private universities listed.
“We are proud to offer a very high quality, economical Executive MBA Program for our students, and heartened by the satisfaction of our EMBA alumni,” said Kenneth W. Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of Boston University School of Management.
“Students are able to provide immediate value to their organizations by being exposed to a rich management curriculum specifically designed for executives, while gaining perspective from classmates in diverse industries,” said Janice Dolnick, Director of BU’s Executive MBA Program.
For additional information about the BU Executive MBA Program, please visit www.discoverBUEMBA.com.
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(Boston) — Boston University’s Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) announced the appointment of Paul McManus as managing director. McManus was previously director of International Programs for the Institute.
“With his depth of experience and dedication to innovation and entrepreneurship, we are delighted to have Paul step into the leadership role at ITEC,” said Lou Lataif, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of BU School of Management.
McManus has nearly 30 years of experience in building, advising, and investing in high-growth ventures within the high technology and venture capital industries. Since 2006, he has been a full-time executive-in-residence at the Boston University School of Management, teaching in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive programs. He was voted Faculty of the Year by the MBA class of 2009 and received the Broderick Award in 2010 for Service to the Graduate Programs.
“Research universities play a vital role in scientific discovery and knowledge creation that fuels entrepreneurial innovation, economic growth, and improvement of the human condition,” said McManus. “I look forward to building on ITEC’s current success and will continue to support Boston University’s many research initiatives, entrepreneurial programs, and commercialization activities.”
Jonathan Rosen, ITEC’s outgoing executive director, will assume a newly created, cross-college position as Special Assistant to the Office of the Provost that will be dedicated to promoting entrepreneurial studies across the disciplines, with an immediate focus on projects in the College of Engineering and the College of Fine Arts. He will also continue his association with ITEC as Senior Research Fellow for Entrepreneurial Studies.
The Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) serves as the center of entrepreneurship studies and programs at the Boston University School of Management. The Institute supports the practice of entrepreneurship as a catalyst in the design and development of innovative new ventures that address important global needs in healthcare, clean energy, information systems, and other technology sectors. ITEC’s team serves faculty, students, and alumni across Boston University and the community at large through one-on-one advising, workshops, on-line/on-campus certificate programs, for-credit courses, and executive programs while cultivating an international network of academic, government, and industry partners around its vision of global entrepreneurship and sustainable development.
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(Boston) – Karen Engelbourg has been appointed to the position of assistant dean of development at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).
In this role, Engelbourg will be responsible for the fundraising programs of the School.
Engelbourg, a veteran development professional with 20 years experience in the field, previously served as assistant vice president at Brandeis University. Prior to that, she served for five years at Children’s Hospital as the director of donor relations and principal gifts officer. Engelbourg was also the director of major gifts at Harvard Medical School. A graduate of Brandeis University, Engelbourg has also held development positions at Lawrence University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University.
“Karen’s extensive development experience will be a major asset to BUSM. She will strategically escalate our development efforts to support the missions of the School of Medicine”, said Karen Antman, MD, Dean of BUSM.
BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Receives Five Year $4 Million Grant for the Seventh Consecutive Time
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(Boston) – The Boston University (BU) Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation recently received a five year, $4 million federal grant for its work as a research and training center (RTC) on improved employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Co-funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, this grant focuses on 11 proposed research and training projects, addressing aspects of employment for individuals living with psychiatric disabilities.
Managed by Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Marianne Farkas and E. Sally Rogers, projects activities continue efforts to develop and test adaptations of evidence-based employment interventions particularly for traditionally underserved groups. This is the seventh consecutive award cycle that the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has received this grant, marking this the thirtieth year of funding as an RTC.
The mission of the Center is to increase knowledge in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation by developing and testing new services and interventions, to apply this body of knowledge to train treatment personnel, and to assist in organizing both personnel and programs into efficient and coordinated service delivery systems. The Center is affiliated with the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sconces: Sargent College at Boston University.
Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is an institution of higher education, research and clinical centers whose leading academic programs prepare dynamic health professionals to best serve the healthcare needs of society. As reported by US News and World Report, its graduate programs are ranked within the top 15% in the country. For more information and to learn about degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, language and hearing sciences, health science, athletic training, and nutrition, visit www.bu.edu/sargent.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.
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To the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate:
As economists, we write to support the plan before Congress dealing with the financial crisis. We are well aware that the proposed intervention entails very large sums and considerable risk for American taxpayers, albeit upside as well as downside risk.
Ours is a mixed, private-public economic system. Even in normal times, our government is heavily involved in the economy and holds a considerable claim on the private sector via the tax system. That said, none of us would counsel government arrangements of the proposed type in normal times. Today’s situation is far from normal. Nor, unfortunately, is it unprecedented.
Our country has weathered significant financial crises over the years. It will weather this one as well. The main lesson learned from prior crises is that timely and aggressive government intervention can restore confidence and galvanize the private sector to take mutually reinforcing and economically beneficial actions. This ability of the government to set the economy on a healthy path makes the proposed intervention much less risky than would otherwise seem to be the case.
We call upon all members of Congress to support this important legislation knowing full well that doing so is neither easy nor guaranteed of success.*
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(Boston) — Boston University’s International Incubator Program, blending academics with business development, has won the National Business Incubation Association’s coveted seal of approval recommending it to international companies looking to expand to the United States. Of the 2,100 U.S. business incubators, BU’s is the fifth to earn the endorsement, one of 12 globally, and the first in the Northeast.
“This designation is good for Boston University and it’s good for the city of Boston and the state,” said BU President Robert A. Brown. “Given our leadership role in the life sciences, our experience in incubating new businesses, and our international focus, we are especially well-positioned to help foreign companies that are interested in developing emerging technologies in the American market. We can assist them in building local capacity, while they in turn provide opportunities to our faculty and students and also help strengthen the regional economy with new business and new jobs.”
The 2-year NBIA “Soft Landings International Incubator” designation recognizes those especially capable at helping overseas companies enter the domestic market. BU was selected because of its business services and academic offerings, and proven success in helping firms enter the U.S. market, said NBIA spokesman Randy Morris. Thanks to the NBIA nod, the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI) now recommends BU as a first stop for international firms exploring U.S. expansion.
“The designation of Boston University’s International Incubator Program as an official Soft Landings Incubator is great news for both BU and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Christa Bleyleben, MOITI executive director. “As one of only five in the United States to have achieved this distinction, BU’s program will be especially beneficial to innovation-driven businesses from around the world that are looking to explore partnerships with Massachusetts. We look forward to working closely with the Boston University team and to the opportunity to create new jobs in Massachusetts.”
BU’s application for the NIBA status demonstrated a mix of both academic resources and traditional business incubator services available for foreign firms. They include translation services, language training, market research, customized facilities, engineering assistance, and entrepreneurial-management coursework, along with help with intellectual property protection, government regulation, and import/export law. MBA students, for their coursework, can be assigned to help foreign firms determine their needs.
The resources available from BU’s International Incubator Program are centered around its traditional business incubator system — which includes the Business Incubator on the Charles River campus and the BioSquare Discovery and Innovation Center on the Medical School campus — and the education, training and facilitation services available across BU’s spectrum of colleges through the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) based in the School of Management.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.
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BU International Incubator Program, www.bu.edu/iip/
NBIA Soft Landings Program, www.nbia.org/member_services/soft_landings/details.php
Mass. Office of Trade & Investment, www.moiti.org/
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Boston – 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus will give a lecture entitled The End of Poverty: Because Poverty Is the Absence of Every Human Right on Saturday, October 13 at Boston University. One of the most prominent world leaders and activists for peace and the end of poverty, Dr. Yunus is founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and a leader in microfinance.
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2007
Time: 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: GSU Metcalf Hall, 775 Commonwealth Avenue (2nd Floor)
Admission: Free, Open to the Public
The lecture will focus on the ongoing War on Poverty and how micro-lending can be instituted to liberate the poor worldwide. Dr. Yunus will discuss his vision to start a bank that provides credit to impoverished people in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral, for the purpose of starting small businesses. A question-and-answer session led by the audience will follow the lecture.
The event is co-sponsored by the BU Bangladeshi Students’ Association, Office of the Dean of Students, BU International Students’ Consortium, BU Student Union, ONE at BU and the MIT Bangladeshi Students’ Association.
Boston University Establishes The Institute For Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC)
(Boston) – Boston University School of Management announced the creation of the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC). The Institute offers a new model for entrepreneurial research, education and commercialization. ITEC is dedicated to the new entrepreneur interested in the technologies, products, and services that meet pressing global needs in healthcare, life sciences, alternative energy, and other sectors.
To address these needs around the world, ITEC leverages resources from the School of Management and other Schools and Colleges of Boston University, including the Medical School, School of Public Health, the Law School, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering, including biomedical engineering, photonics, and physics.
According to the Dean of Boston University School of Management, Louis Lataif, “ITEC extends Boston University’s strong tradition of entrepreneurship by fostering collaboration among the University’s faculty, students and alumni who have an interest in technology-driven new enterprises.”
ITEC provides entrepreneurial assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students through customized education and training programs offered at the School of Management. These programs help develop and apply new business models. Student intern experiences with local, national, and international for-profit and non-profit corporations further enhance the educational experience.
Explained ITEC’s Executive Director, Jonathan Rosen, “Our goal is to enable these new entrepreneurs to transform their business plans into sustainable enterprises. We are creating a unique channel for entrepreneurial sharing of both education and resources. ITEC is committed to enhancing entrepreneurial education and stimulating the development of viable new businesses dedicated to better serving communities around the world.”
“ITEC’s innovative use of resources from dozens of disciplines is the latest example of how the School of Management at Boston University is fusing the art, science, and technology of business,” said Dean Lataif.
ITEC is located in the School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/itec/
Founded as the College of Business Administration in 1913, Boston University School of Management develops builders and leaders for the networked-era, emphasizing the fusion of the art, science, and technology of business. The School’s holistic approach prepares the next generation of business leaders for a world that values management as a system of interdependent functions, decisions, people, and technologies. It is the worldwide leader in offering a unique MS·MBA program, a rigorous dual degree and next-generation MBA fusing a traditional management education with expertise in the information technologies that are transforming all businesses. The School also offers a full range of graduate and undergraduate management degree programs and executive education. For more information, visit http://management.bu.edu/.
Boston University School of Management Establishes theNorman and Adele Barron Professorship in Management
(Boston) – Boston University School of Management announced the establishment of the Norman and Adele Barron Professorship in Management and named Zvi Bodie, Professor of Finance and Economics, as its first designee. Adele Barron established this professorship in memory of her husband Norman, a 1938 graduate of the School of Management and founder of the Marshall’s department store chain.
Louis E. Lataif, Dean of the School of Management, described the generous gift that endowed this new chair as “a perpetual tribute to Norman’s professional success and to his and Adele’s continued commitment to help educate future generations of builders and leaders.”
Norman Barron enjoyed a successful career as an innovative entrepreneur in the discount clothing industry. He began buying excess war inventory from the government and had several stores by the end of World War II. Then he decided to open a discount clothing store on an empty lot in Beverly, Massachusetts, the town where he and Adele lived. By the time he sold his business in the mid-1970s, there were fifty-five stores. The chain is now owned by TJX Companies.
The designee for the endowed chair, Zvi Bodie, joined the faculty in 1972. He has studied investment strategies for more than 30 years and has written numerous books, his most recent being, “Worry Free Investing,” published in 2003. Zvi has been featured by such notable media as BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, The New York Times, NPR and PBS.
Dr. Bodie earned his BA from Brooklyn College in New York, an MA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his PhD from MIT. His research interests include investment management, pension finance and financial system design. He was a Financial Consultant to Honeywell Corporation from 1980-2000 and has been a Consultant to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation since 1989.
About Boston University School of Management
Founded as the College of Business Administration in 1913, Boston University School of Management develops builders and leaders for the networked-era, emphasizing the fusion of the art, science, and technology of business. The School’s holistic approach prepares the next generation of business leaders for a world that values management as a system of interdependent functions, decisions, people, and technologies. It is the worldwide leader in offering a unique MS•MBA program, a rigorous dual degree and next-generation MBA fusing a traditional management education with expertise in the information technologies that are transforming all businesses. The School also offers a full range of graduate and undergraduate management degree programs and executive education.
The School of Management at Boston University is located at 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. For more information, visit http://management.bu.edu.