Community colleges, FSU officials agree to transfer credits

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By Alana Melanson | Sentinel and Enterprise | October 10, 2012

Thanks to agreements signed Tuesday morning, students interested in earning advanced manufacturing degrees will easily be able to transfer their credits between local community colleges and Fitchburg State University.

A bevy of state and local government and education officials crowded into FSU’s Mazzaferro Center on Tuesday to celebrate the landmark collaboration, which will allow a more seamless transfer of credits between Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Quinsigmond Community College in Worcester and FSU, as students and manufacturing-industry employees seek to further their education and their careers.

The collaboration also involves the state Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which identifies and implements growth opportunities for small and medium-size manufacturers through advanced manufacturing technologies and training, among other means. Read More

A Future for Public Unions? Part II

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By Barry Bluestone | Boston.com | June 11, 2012

Nearly three years ago, the Boston Globe published an OpEd I had written about public sector unions. In that piece, I asked whether these unions would suffer the same fate of lost membership and diminished political clout to which my old union, the UAW, had succumbed. What happened in Wisconsin, San Diego, and San Jose last week seems to make that 2009 article more prescient than ever. Read More

A Winning School: Lessons from a Highly Successful Massachusetts High School

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By Barry Bluestone | Boston.com | May 29, 2012

One of Massachusetts’ public high schools has a 97 percent graduation rate and a dropout rate of less than .02 percent (3 out of 1,323 students). It ranks among the highest percentage of students scoring advanced or proficient in the 2011 MCAS assessments (97% in Language Skills; 85% in Math; and 91% in Science.) The school valedictorian is headed to M.I.T. this fall and over 70% of the senior class is on its way to college.

Weston? Wellesley? Brookline High? Newton North? Read More

Food & American Society: An Urban Perspective

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The Open Classroom Series topic for Spring Semester 2012 will be “Food & American Society: An Urban Perspective: What we eat, why, where it comes from, and how it all matters, everyday.”

Each semester we select one graduate-level seminar and open it up to the public each semester. Each week we feature prominent guest lecturers with real-world expertise and experience.

Every Wednesday evening from January 11th through April 18th. 6:00 to 8:00pm in West Village F, Room 20.

For more information or to RSVP, click here >>

Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs

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The School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs is pleased to host the Boston-area Information Session for the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.   Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Stearns Hall, Room 12 Open to the public | Not limited to NU students/alumni. RSVP   Find out more about the Coro Fellows […]

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