Category: Metropolitan College

From Arab Spring to Academic Blossoming? Transforming Nations after their Liberation

April 9th, 2014 in 2014, Jay Halfond, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Jay Halfond, Metropolitan College

Those nations trying to propel themselves into the global economy face a daunting task. And those emerging from dictatorships, theocracies and bloody revolutions face even greater challenges. Many had been drained of their best minds and most entrepreneurial spirits. Corruption and violence now need to be supplanted by a stable, civil society that can transact business with the rest of the world. This is when the real work of a revolution begins—and gets tested. Universities become both an anachronism of the past and the best catalyst for the future of countries like Libya trying to emerge from lost decades…

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Highland Park Hospital to discontinue outpatient dialysis

April 3rd, 2014 in 2014, John Sullivan, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Sullivan, Metropolitan College

Highland Park Hospital is getting out of the outpatient dialysis business, as fewer hospitals find they can make money treating end-stage renal disease…

Expert quote:

“Hospitals have been shedding this service for years.”

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How the I-81 Replacement Project Might Learn from Boston’s ‘Big Dig’

April 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, Virginia Greiman 0 comments

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Big Dig expert on I-81: Do you want Syracuse to be divided?

April 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, Virginia Greiman 0 comments

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Virginia Greiman, Metropolitan College

Virginia Greiman, who worked on Boston’s Big Dig for nearly a decade, has this advice for Central New Yorkers on the future of Interstate 81 – be patient, get involved and, in the end, be willing to help pay for the best solution for the community…

Expert quote:

“It was the small businesses that really moved this project. Without them, I’m not sure the Big Dig would have even happened.”

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Chefs celebrate BU culinary arts program’s 25th anniversary

March 26th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Boston University’s culinary arts certificate program, a semester-long immersion course in kitchen artistry, celebrated its 25th anniversary Tuesday night with a feast cooked up by several top chefs associated with the program, founded in 1989 by Julia Child,Jacques Pepin, and Rebecca Alssid…

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Distractions, Disruptions, and Distance Learning

February 12th, 2014 in 2014, Huffington Post, Jay Halfond, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Jay Halfond, Metropolitan College

A commonly recognized megatrend across the academic landscape camouflages a perhaps even more important, though often overlooked micro-trend. It is well-know that a significant share of America’s college students are enrolling in something called “online.” Most are doing so as an occasional course within an otherwise on-campus program. Others are sampling something called MOOCs (massive open online courses) on a non-credit basis. This is a big tent of possibilities and activities…

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MET’s Online Programs in Computer Information Systems and Management Rank #2 and #8 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs

January 29th, 2014 in 2014, Business, Metropolitan College, News Releases 0 comments

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240,


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

Future Bernie Madoff, Meet Immanuel Kant

January 6th, 2014 in 2014, Huffington Post, Jay Halfond, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Jay Halfond, Metropolitan College

Roughly every decade, a fresh wave of scandals reignites a spotlight on ethics in business…

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Sonoma, Sicily, South Africa and Beyond

December 13th, 2013 in 2013, Bill Nesto, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers, School of Hospitality Administration 0 comments

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Bill Nesto, Metropolitan College, School of Hospitality Administration

This year’s crop of new books yields compelling titles, from a scratc-and-sniff guide to an updated classic reference…

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Loss of appetite from food photos?

December 10th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Jessica Habalou, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jessica Habalou, Metropolitan College

A steadily growing foodie culture, paired with perpetual access to social media, has given new life to amateur food photography…

Expert quote:

“It does demonstrate how fixated we are on the visual of a plate.”

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