Northeastern is bringing $9 million in government and philanthropic funding to their Lowell Institute’s degree-completion STEM program. The Lowell Institute School serves working adults through a first-in-the-nation opportunity. With college credit or an associate’s degree, students can attend the College of Professional Studies’ Lowell Institute and finish that degree or further their education. The Lowell Institute Innovation Incubator is the lab where students are served through innovative teaching methods and opportunities for experiential learning in relation to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- We have recently secured articulation agreements with Roxbury Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Quincy College, and Holyoke Community College.
- We station admissions representatives on campuses.
- We are currently working on a joint admissions program with Quincy College specifically for international students.
- We have developed a Career Conversation series to introduce students to the variety of occupations and careers available to them in STEM fields. Topics include Service Members and Veterans in STEM, Exploring Career Opportunities in Health Management, Women in STEM, and Cyber Security Careers.
- We have developed and piloted the first modules of career-focused seminar to support self-understanding, career exploration, and professional development.
- We have received a BHEF/NSF sub-grant to improve the student experience and graduation success of students transferring from community colleges and 2-Year institutions pursuing BSIT programs with a focus on Cyber security.
- Develop an industry-informed curriculum in Information Technology (with a focus on cybersecurity) responsive to workforce needs that supports industry engagement with students.
- Establish an IT-Cybersecurity Advisory Board to include representation from Northeastern, community college, non-profit two-year college, and industry partners. The initial charge is to identify the characteristics of the “Ideal Candidate in Cyber” using the BHEF candidate profile instrument with the results being used to inform appropriate curricular changes.
- Align key gateway courses in technology and logic to support student readiness for and success in NEU’s BSIT degree completion program.
- Establish a Cross-Institutional Curricular/Instructional Planning Team comprised of faculty members from institutional partners and chaired by the lead faculty member in IT in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. The charge is to refine curricula to support seamless transfer into the BSIT program in key gateway courses and explore innovative pedagogies that incorporate high impact practices into instruction.
- Incorporate high impact practices into instruction and support systems to improve retention, graduation, and career placement rates of BSIT students.
- Create a working group with representatives from all partners to focus on incorporating high impact practices and personalizing the student experience.
- Develop a three-tiered mentoring program that engages current students, alumni, and industry partners to support student learning and career success.
- Design an array of experiential learning opportunities in formats and timeframes that are responsive to the needs of working adults.