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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 21 comments on BU Joins Association of American Universities

  1. Way to go BU! You’re steadily rising into the ranks of the country’s greatest universities. Congratulations to Bob Brown, faculty, students and alumni.

  2. The next generation of challenges for BU will be how to be great without walls. How to develop and build a sustainable world-class university that relies on the web, more than buildings, that assesses itself not on concrete and glass but on learning innovation.

    1. Can I politely disagree with your comment? I’ve taken online classes, hybrid classes, and traditional in-person classes, and without a doubt, the traditional classes are where I’ve learned the most – by a wide margin. The same learning experience cannot be replicated through an online class for a host of reasons. Additionally, there is no way to control cheating in an online class, which of course, makes the degree worth less. Anyway, just my two cents!

      1. I am a graduate of an online program at BU and I can tell you that it was tougher than a face to face program! The learning I found in my online experience was more robust. It all depends on how aggressive you are as a student to learn! I found it rigorous! I considered the information presented to me as the minimum requirement, and I received encouragement to deepen my research. The online sources I used a lot! I must also admit I was comfortable with the technology required for the courses I took which made my learning fascinating.

      2. I agree that BU’s next step is to focus on its academic programs and teaching methods. While research is important, BU has a responsibility to its students as an institute of higher education to serve their academic needs.

        That isn’t to say BU is a doing anything worse than most other schools – lack of innovation in teaching styles is an epidemic in public and private schools at the preparatory and collegiate levels. Different teaching styles work better for different students, which is why the “one size fits all” format of big lectures doesn’t match up to reality.

        On a personal note, I don’t feel that I’ve had a single professor yet who has come close to several of the best teachers I had in high school. I’ve still got a couple of years of school left, so that could change, but public high school also doesn’t charge $50,000 a year. I don’t know what the solution to this is. However, I strongly feel that for the price of tuition, students are owed competent teachers and mentors – just because someone is an expert in their field does not mean they are good at teaching.

  3. Not sure of the value of this except for the snob factor in higher education. My local state university is a member and frankly I would not encourage an undergraduate education there as some freshman classes are taught in huge lecture halls by TA’s with hundreds of students. The case that great research budgets trickles down to help the quality of undergraduate education is iffy at best.

      1. At the very least, membership into the AAU recognizes a high level of quality research. This point ignores benefits that membership brings, such as research collaboration opportunities that benefit a wide audience.

        Are you arguing that accolades are pointless? Should we get rid of olympic meadles? Perhaps we should banish the Medal of Honor for military heroes? Maybe honor students shouldn’t get an honor because it would only be given for the snob factor?

        I have a different opinion. I believe that honors and accolades should be given because it encourages everyone to do their best. To BU, Bob Brown, and the many professors that conduct research, I say congratulations. Your hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

    1. It never fails. No matter what good happens at BU, some members of the BU community have to belittle it. I have never seen a university with so many negative people.

  4. Congratulations to the vision of the leaders at BU, the facility and the students. As a parent of BU student, I am excited to hear about the progress BU is making. Until recently, BU was a well kept secret. It was always good, it is getting better.

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