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January 12, 2016
U.S. News & World Report has announced the nationís Best Online Programs, placing three Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) programs in the top six and naming their Master of Criminal Justice the #1 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program, out of the 55 programs assessed.
"We are honored to be ranked the number one online criminal justice masterís program," says Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Applied Social Sciences Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, who is faculty coordinator for the online Master of Criminal Justice. "This distinction serves as a validation of our commitment to providing an excellent academic experience for each of our students."
ďCongratulations are due to our dedicated students and the remarkable team at MET," says Professor Dan LeClair, chair of Applied Social Sciences. "Our success is a result of strong collaboration among faculty, facilitators, and administrators within the Department of Applied Social Sciences, the office of Distance Education, and MET as a whole."
The 2016 U.S. News rankings also included MET's fully online master's in Computer Information Systems—solid for the second year at #3 among Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, out of 48 listed schools—and master's degree programs in management, which advanced to the #6 position out of 130 schools listed for Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBAs).
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June 25, 2015
U.S. News & World Report has named several Metropolitan College online graduate programs among the top choices for military veterans and active service members. BUís top performers and their category rankings: Master of Criminal Justice (#2), Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (#3), and the masterís degree programs in management (#7).
Source: USNews.com 05.19.15
In conjunction with its 2015 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented Boston University with the Platinum Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming. The award recognized the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science online course Quantitative Methods for Information Systems. Developed by Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Science Anatoly Temkin and Distance Education Assistant Director of Instructional Design Daniel Hillman, the course is part of MET’s online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, which ranked #3 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programsby U.S. News & World Report this year.
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January 7, 2015
U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 comparison of the nationís Best Online Programs, and ranked the Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) Master of Criminal Justice program #2; the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems #3; and the masterís degree programs in management #9.
This is the publisherís first-ever ranking of Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs, and METís fully online Master of Criminal Justice was among 55 graduate programs listed, tying for the number two spot with Arizona State University and Pace University, and preceded only by University of CaliforniaóIrvine. Robert Morse, U.S. News & World Reportís chief data strategist, explained that the study of criminal justice was included because, ďaccording to the National Center for Education Statistics and other sources, it is one of the most popular and fastest-growing disciplines on which U.S. News was not already collecting data.Ē
In a comparison of the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, METís fully online masterís in Computer Information Systems placed within the top three for the second year in a row out of the 42 schools listed, preceded only by the University of Southern California and Virginia Tech.
Out of the Best Online Graduate Business Programs, METís masterís degree programs in managementóalso fully onlineótied for ninth with University of San Diego among the 127 listed schools.
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July 8, 2014
Boston, Mass. – July 15, 2014 – Dr. Anatoly Temkin, chair of computer science at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and Dr. Daniel Hillman, senior instructional designer in the University’s office of Distance Education, were named winners of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities around the world who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. Not only was the course—Quantitative Methods for Information Systems, taught by Professor Temkin—chosen to receive an Exemplary Course Award, but it was also named a Directors’ Choice for Courses with Distinction, an honor awarded to a select group of courses that stand out even from other winning entries.
Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 200 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 300 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.
The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.
“It’s always gratifying to have colleagues say that you’ve made something special,” says Professor Temkin. “The course itself is a straightforward example of proven distance education practices with many opportunities for student interaction. Dan and I did extend Blackboard’s capabilities with some customized software, but the judges were particularly impressed by a human element of the course. We simply call every student to talk about how things are going. Obviously this takes time, but we think that it is important to form this connection, especially in math, where students are often intimidated by the material.”
“We built a lot of features where students get feedback and guidance through interaction with the content, the professor and facilitators, and each other—and we tried to make interacting with the course itself seamless and easy,” says Dr. Hillman. “Winning an award like this is actually humbling because when you describe the elements that make your course extraordinary, you’re reminded that they come about through the ideas and efforts of a multidisciplinary team.”
“It’s an honor each year to recognize forward-thinking educators who are helping create a world inspired to learn through the work they do every day,” said Jay Bhatt, Blackboard CEO. “We congratulate Catalyst Award winners on their vision and innovative approaches to education, and celebrate their accomplishments with them.”
Professor Temkin and Dr. Hillman of Boston University’s Metropolitan College were honored alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld®, Blackboard’s annual user conference held in Las Vegas, Nev.
Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online.
Professor Temkin’s course, Quantitative Methods for Information Systems, is part of Metropolitan College’s online master’s degree program in Computer Information Systems, ranked #2 among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Information Technology Programs. For more information about Quantitative Methods for Information Systems, see our course listings.
View a complete list of Blackboard Catalyst Award winners.
May 7, 2014
METís online degree concentration in Health Informaticsóone of six concentrations offered through the Collegeís Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) programówas ranked #6 in ďThe 20 Best Online Masterís in Healthcare Informatics Degree ProgramsĒ by TheBestSchools.org. The rankings balance several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, accomplishment of faculty, return on investment, and reputation. Read more.
May 5, 2014
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented the Boston University School of Social Work (SSW) with the Platinum Award in Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming. The USDLA, a nonprofit association founded in 1987 as the nation’s leading distance learning organization, announced its 2014 International Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with its 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
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May 4th, 2011
In conjunction with its 2011 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented Boston University with the 2011 International Distance Learning Award for 21st CenturyBest Practice. USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nationís leading distance learning organization. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.
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