Seattle Campus News

Seattle Campus News | February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Event Recap: The Center for Women and Democracy: February Food For Thought

On Thursday, February 21, Dr. Walmsley spoke to approximately 40 women as part of an education panel that was organized by the Center for Women and Democracy.  Anne Luce spoke about K-12 policy as it relates to the Washington state legislature; Dr. Ana Mari Cauce spoke about state funding issues and the University of Washington; and Dr. Angela Walmsley spoke about graduate programs, the adult learner, and the opening and programs at Northeastern University – Seattle.  The panel concluded by taking questions from the audience.  Some of the questions/discussion were around teacher training, vocational or professional training, state funding as it splits to K-12, community college, and state colleges needs; and graduated tuition rates dependent on degree.  For many, it was their first introduction to Northeastern University – Seattle including co-op; the hybrid model; and programs designed exclusively for working professionals.

To learn more about the Center for Women and Democracy, click here.

Seattle Campus News | February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

President Aoun Visits Seattle Campus

On Tuesday, February 19, Northeastern University – Seattle held it’s third and final event marking the opening of its new campus.  Hosted by the Institute of Systems Biology, senior science researchers and executives from the area attended an intimate reception with President Joseph Aoun.  Led by Dr. Leroy Hood from the Institute of Systems Biology, various members of the community spoke to welcome Northeastern to Seattle.  Speeches began with an address by Senator Patty Murray; followed by remarks by King County Executive Dow Constantine.  Tayloe Washburn, Dean of Northeastern-University Seattle, spoke about the reason for Northeastern opening a graduate campus in this area and the industry needs of the region that Northeastern can help address. Ken Stuart, PhD (’63) President Emeritus & Founder of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute; Jim Hendricks, PhD President of Seattle Children’s Research Institute; and Larry Corey, MD, President and Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center all spoke briefly about Northeastern’s potential partnerships in research.  The final speech was an address by President Aoun who expressed his gratitude for welcoming Northeastern to Seattle and the important work that can be completed in collaboration between the university and the region.  Dr. Hood ended the program with a toast to “Collaboration in Science and Education.”  Attendees then continued enjoying the reception while exploring the campus space.  The Seattle campus team were pleased with the success of this event, in addition to the “Building Your Talent Pipeline” employer outreach breakfast held in December; and the Open House held in January, which also marked the opening of the campus to the public.

The Seattle Team with President Aoun.

President Aoun gives his speech.

Dr. Leroy Hood proposing a toast to President Aoun.

Tayloe Washburn makes opening remarks.

King County Executive Dow Constantine addresses the crowd.

Seattle Campus News | February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Five Factors to Consider When Designing Programming for Adult Learners

Adult learners are typically individuals who are older than the traditional 18 to 22 age range of college students.  They often have life experiences that affect their approach to education, and they often juggle family and work schedules to attend college. Designing a program for adult learners can be quite different than doing the same for a typical undergraduate program or course. 

Teaching adult learners can be very different than teaching traditional undergrads because of the maturity evident in classrooms and interactions, so educators and administrators may need to adjust their traditional approaches to this group of wonderful students.

Read the entire article via evolllution here.

Seattle Campus News | February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Institute for Systems Biology Leading the Way to Help Make Medical Care More Predictive and Personalized

P4 Medicine is a concept created by Dr. Leroy Hood and his team at the Institute of Systems Biology (ISB).  It represents one of the leading global efforts to transform how we carry out medicine in a manner that is predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory  (P4).  P4 holds out the promise of reducing the cost of health care and increasing its efficacy for patients.  

The Local Leaders Global Impact initial speaker series event on March 22 from 12-1 at the Northeastern University – Seattle campus, you are welcome to come learn more about the coming transformation in preventive medicine and how our existing health care systems can rapidly adapt to it.  Dr. Hood will lead this panel discussion, and panelists will include Dr. Terry Fullmer, Dean of Northeastern’s Bouve College of Health Sciences, and a nationally-recognized expert of aging and acute care of the elderly, and specifically edler abuse and neglect.  Come join us for a cutting-edge and very timely discussion about this exciting transformation of health care.

Seattle Campus News | February 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

From the Academic Dean: Non-Profit vs. For-Profit

When researching graduate degree programs, it’s crucial that you look and understand the profit status of a university.  For-profit universities are essentially businesses that provide educational opportunities with the intent to grow and make money.  Non-profit universities are educational institutions that foster educational growth without the intent to make money.   While both non-profit and for-profit do make money to operate, the difference is that the money in a non-profit goes back into the school, and the money for a for-profit goes to investors.  The differences in the environment and offerings can also vary.  Traditionally, for-profit universities targeted working adults offering on-line courses and flexibility mainly in technical or vocational fields while non-profit universities offered a more traditional college experience focused on academic or research courses.  While there is crossover today in both models, it’s crucial that a student look at the value of their degree and reputation of their university.  Also, with more and more on-line offerings, it’s important to distinguish that on-line is no longer analogous to for-profit (as it once was). Accreditation status is one indicator that can help a prospective student assess whether the university they are looking at has high quality standards.  Qualifications of the faculty are another way a prospective student can assess the quality of the degree or university.   In general, for-profit schools can sometimes have a negative image as is referenced in this article in Time magazine:

Before deciding on the degree and university, take a close look at the profit status and assess if the college you are considering will offer you a high quality education for the cost associated.

Seattle Campus News | February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Washington State Legislature Considers Bill to Improve Training of Computer Science Workers

The House Higher Education Committee recently heard Northeastern University – Seattle Dean and CEO Tayloe Washburn and Chairman and Wissner-Slivka Chair in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, Hank Levy, talk about the urgent needs for Washington State to ramp up its investment in K-12 and higher education computer science programs.  At present, the workforce needs of the technology companies in Washington far outstrip the ability of all Washington State educational institutions to provide qualified workers. The state’s ability to grow jobs and keep the companies presently in Washington is at risk, making this an essential public policy priority to take action to narrow this technology talent gap.  

Rep. Drew Hansen of Kitsap County is a member of the committee who heard Washburn and Levy speak.  Rep. Hansen’s bill (HB 1472) takes a step in remedying this major policy challenge for the state. HB 1472 would require school boards to approve AP Computer Science as equivalent to high school science as well as math, and to denote on a student’s transcript that it qualifies as a math-based quantitative course for students who take it in their senior year.  It would also create a competitive Grant Fund made up of two parts: one part to support professionals co-teaching computer science, and one part to support upgrades in technology, curriculum, and teacher knowledge and skills in computer science. Finally, it would put in place a State Computer Science Professional Shortage Task Force to examine strategic opportunities for public and private investment in increasing computer science education, including employer co-investment.   The purpose of the task force is to develop a strategic plan with specific short and longer-term strategies to increase the number of graduates from high schools, community and technical colleges, and four-year colleges and universities who are prepared to enter the workforce or continue their education in computer science.

Both Dean Washburn and the members of the Washington State Technology Industry Association are actively involved in suggesting refinements to this legislation and moving the bill forward.  If you have any questions, ideas or want to be involved, please contact Dean Washburn at:  A link to the proposed Substitute HB 1472 is here.  You can contact Rep. Hansen directly at:

Seattle Campus News | February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

From the Academic Dean: Networked For Life

What does this mean?  Networked for life means that you, as a Northeastern University – Seattle student will be networked to others locally, regionally, nationally, and possibly even internationally during your program and after, as an alumni.  Since Northeastern University has many high quality on-line and hybrid programs, it is quite likely that you will be “in class” with students from all over the United States and sometimes the Globe. You are networking from day one of your program, and your network as a NU alumni is vast after you graduate.  With such a large alumni basis, you will be forever connected to other NU alumni throughout the world. 

Furthermore, since the faculty and students at Northeastern are connected to real-life situations and engage with hundreds of companies and businesses, the students and faculty are networked!  You truly will be networked for life as you call on professors and students during your program, and colleagues, friends, and other alumni throughout your career.

We invite you to come and visit our new campus, and consider the programs we offer so that you can become networked for life!

Seattle Campus News | February 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hamomi Children’s Centre’s Fourth Annual Dinner and Auction

Claire Lewis and Stephanie Pure represented Northeastern- Seattle at the Hamomi Children’s Centre’s Fourth Annual Dinner and Auction held at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on February 2nd. Packed with 400 friends and supporters of the organization, it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about Hamomi and support our three Northeastern co-op students and international affairs majors, Anna Bornstein (who created this co-op opportunity in 2012), Shivangi Shah and Sarah Whetstone, who all flew out from Boston to help make the night a huge success!

Hamomi Children’s Centre is a nonprofit organization located in Nairobi, Kenya. Hamomi, a localized word meaning “harmony,” was founded in 1999 and functions as a primary school and center for children in the Kangemi slum.  Over the years, Hamomi Children’s Centre has become more than just a school. Hamomi believes in order for children to get the most out of an education, their basic needs must first be met.  This is why Hamomi also provides its students with basic needs such as food, clothing, and placement with guardians.

The program featured performances by the children of the MLK Community Center, an array of local and African auction items, and a traditional Kenyan family-style dinner were an unforgettable part of the evening; however, the highlight of the evening was learning that of Hamomi’s graduating 8th grade class, ALL the students passed the required exams necessary to enter high school.

Another great moment of the evening was when Hamomi USA Executive Director Susie Marks recognized the hard work and dedication of the Northeastern co-ops who were boarding a red-eye flight the next day in order to be back for class in Boston on Monday morning.  Our table captain, Kathy Fisher, Hamomi volunteer and supporter has attended each annual event and remarked that “The co-op students have been invaluable to [the event’s] success.” Hamomi USA has worked tirelessly over the past four years in order to help the Hamomi school in Nairobi become self-sustainable.  Hopefully Northeastern co-ops will continue to be a part of this amazing organization and beautiful vision for the future!

To learn more about how a Northeastern co-op student can make a difference in your organization, visit

Or contact Stephanie Pure: | (206) 467-5484. 

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