Northeastern University – Seattle will launch it’s first classes on January 7, 2013.
Beginning this January, 28 master and doctoral degrees from seven of Northeastern’s colleges and schools will be offered through the Seattle Graduate Campus. The majority of courses will be offered in hybrid format, providing students the flexibility of partially asynchronous learning partnered with on-campus class sessions. Some courses will be offered completely online; students taking courses 100% online have access to and are encouraged to utilize all Graduate Campus resources.
For assistance in course registration, please contact your Academic Advisor or Gina Takasugi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions for January 2013 enrollment are closed; we are now taking applications for Spring and Summer admissions.
I often find when talking with prospective students about graduate school, that they wonder what it is like and if it might be right for them as their next step. Many applicants to a graduate program are basing their decision to attend grad school on their undergraduate experience. While some elements are similar, many are not. For example, a student attending graduate school should expect to be very self-motivated and driven because much of the requirements set out by the professor will involve individual learning often determined by individual research interests or projects. Professors expect a high level of thought, writing ability, and critical thinking in any graduate program. My experiences show that most graduate students who enroll complete the program successfully as they are motivated in their particular field of interest.
There are many types of graduate programs; hence, a prospective student must research multiple programs of interest to know what best fits their interests and lifestyle. For example, a student wanting a very traditional graduate program, often leading to the Ph.D., might want to consider a conventional program where they often take classes during the day and work at a university as a research assistant or teaching assistant. Other programs are less traditional and offer classes in the late afternoon, evenings, and on weekends for working adults. Others are fully on-line programs, and still others are a mixture of on-line and on-ground designed for working adults. In addition, a prospective student should always look at the program in terms of whether it offers the types of courses and requirements he or she is interested in – as well as the quality and reputation of the department and university. Depending on a prospective student’s personal life and working life, it’s crucial he or she chooses the program that meets his or her needs and fits his or her lifestyle.
Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D., Associate Dean – Academic
The largest challenge facing the Seattle region’s technology companies is the difficulty in getting the talented workforce they need to grow and prosper. The success of the region in attracting companies is also its greatest challenge, as it creates a large demand for qualified workers in computer science, engineering and other areas. Microsoft, for example, currently has 6,000 job openings nationwide, 3,400 of which are for software engineers, developers, programmers, and the like. The same is true for other small, medium, and large companies as well as startups. The Washington Technology Industrial Association (WTIA), with over 600 technology company members, has taken on this challenge and set forth a key Strategic Initiative on workforce development. WTIA asked Northeastern-Seattle Dean Tayloe Washburn to chair its new Workforce Development Committee (WFD Committee). The committee has regional leaders in academia, an array of technology companies and representatives from workforce nonprofits.
The WFD Committee first hosted a meeting of higher education institutions in the state, which included the University of Washington, Washington State University, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Bellevue College and Western Washington University. In recent weeks many other institutions have agreed to help inform this advisory group of higher ed institutions, including Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University, and subsequently crafted a 12-18 month strategy to implement this initiative. The WTIA Board of Directors last week met and approved the WFD Strategy. It calls for 1) documenting the technology industry talent gap with precision, so all are working off the same data; 2) inventorying academic resources and identify possible gaps, areas for improvement or filling gaps, and identifying best practices which effectively address tech talent; and 3) inventorying and identifying the best practices of employers in this region in tackling the tech talent gap.
Other economic development groups, public officials and stakeholders in the region see this WFD Strategy as a key means to tackle this regional problem. EnterpriseSeattle will kick off its 2013 Economic Forecast Conference by showcasing this iniative in January, and we will also involve the Technology Alliance in helping document the talent gap. Those interested in more information and who would like to participate should contact the WFD Committee Chair, Tayloe Washburn of Northeastern University-Seattle at email@example.com or 206.419.3878.