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Collin Tong, Crosscut News
In a state that lags far behind the rest of the nation in the production of science and engineering graduates, Northeastern University’s entry into Washington’s higher education marketplace should be welcome news. However, some in the field worry that the Boston-based school’s arrival might give Washingtonians a false sense of security about the future of higher education.
The private research university opened its Seattle satellite campus last January in South Lake Union. The campus occupies a sleek warren of offices nestled in a building it shares with the Institute for Systems Biology. (ISB’s President is former University of Washington Professor of Molecular Biotechnology Leroy Hood.)
Throughout the years I have worked with thousands of clients and students on developing careers that are meaningful, rewarding, and unique. One of the constants I have seen over and over in those that are most successful in their career development is the ability to set SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that helps test a goal to make it more concrete and actionable.
M – Measurable. Goals need to be quantifiable so that you can see when you hit your target and celebrate your success!
A – Achievable. Ask yourself if the goal you are considering is within reach based on your current situation. Sometimes you will need to set goals that are small enough to get you to bigger goals you have for your future.
R – Realistic. Do you have the time, talent, and commitment it takes to reach your goal?
T – Time Framed. Is your goal something you can note on your calendar? If not, you may find a lack of motivation to get started achieving it.
By creating goals you can have a tremendous impact on where your career can take you. Whether you define career success as a corner office or the flexibility to spend time with your kids, goals help you figure out what you need to do to get there. Assess your goals regularly to make sure they are aligned with your longer-term objectives. And test them against this SMART formula to start taking steps towards your career success today!
~Jennifer Youngblood, Faculty Co-op Coordinator
The expression “flipped classroom” is becoming a popular topic around education circles. A flipped classroom in a traditional school is one where students listen to lectures and learn content outside of the classroom (at home via technology) and then use actual class time for involvement with the teacher, working on problems, interacting in discussion with each other, or completing labs. Essentially what happens in a flipped classroom is that traditional teaching methods are moved to delivering instruction online and “homework” or activities are moved into the classroom when students and teachers come together. This is a “flipped” or inverted model to what traditional education has been which is lecture based during class time.
The hybrid concept at Northeastern – Seattle is a graduate level model of the “flipped classroom.” Students learn much of the content of a course on-line that was traditionally lecture driven in a classroom. Students and the instructor meet on-ground in the hybrid model a few times a semester to work through problems, be involved in experiential exercises, and have group discussion that may be better face to face than on-line.
A benefit of the flipped classroom which includes on-line learning in a hybrid context is that students are able to watch content multiple times before meeting together on-ground. This makes their time face to face more meaningful because the time can be used to maximize their learning.
Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D., Associate Dean – Academic
Did you miss the beginning of Northeastern’s State of the University address? The Seattle Campus was featured. Check out the video below!
Conversation will be led by Daniel Feinberg, Director of Northeastern University’s Health Informatics Graduate Program. The MS in Health informatics degree draws on the expertise of both the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
Help celebrate the launch of our new MS Biotechnology degree. Remarks will be by Northeastern’s Dr. Jim Leung, Academic Director of Biotechnology programs, and by the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA).
☐ Tue, Nov 11, 5:30 pm | MS Bioinformatics Information Session
Conversation will be led by Dr. Steve Vollmer, Director of Northeastern University’s Bionformatics Graduate Program. The MS in Bioinformatics degree is non-thesis professional degree with an interdisciplinary curriculum combining bioinformatics computational methods, programming and statistics with graduate electives for graduate to obtain a broader knowledge in both life sciences and computer science.
☐ Week of Nov 11, 5:30 pm | MS Regulatory Affairs Information Session
Conversation will be led by Dr. Eric Kupferberg, Director of Northeastern University’s Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices Program. This unique graduate degree is designed to deepen your understanding of current regulations and their practical application in the development and commercialization of drugs, biologics, and medical device products.
Our traditional semester students are half way through and that means midterm time. Other students will be starting a new session in a couple weeks. All Washington region students are starting to think about the next steps in their professional life. Northeastern Seattle is there to help show students their options for graduate education. We have been and will continue to be making stops at many graduate education fairs in the Puget Sound area. See and click below for locations, dates and more:
We hope to see some of you there!
The College Success Foundation (CSF) hosted a Graduate Education Fair at the University of Washington’s Multicultural Center on Saturday, October 5. Northeastern University was one of the eight local universities invited to attend. The College Success Foundation was established in the spring of 2000 by Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. The event was attended by over 100 CSF Scholars who are either currently enrolled in college or have graduated in the last 8 years. This was the 7th annual Graduate Education Institute. Attendees went through a series of workshops on how to prepare, select, apply, and pay for grad school.
Claire Lewis, an admission recruiter at the Seattle Campus led a workshop titled, “Discerning: When to Go, Where to Go, What to Study” on the graduate education process. Over 25 Scholars attended the presentation.
When to go: The question here is should I go right from undergraduate or get work experience first? There are some benefits of going straight from undergraduate. These include a smooth transition from undergraduate to graduate school, likely possessing fewer responsibilities than the future may hold and, more likely confident in your life goals and desired career path. There are also benefits of getting experience first. These would include getting more professional experience, more time to save for tuition and expenses and, the ability to look for an employer who will pay for graduate school. It is also important to maintain a work/life balance. If you have less time to devote to studies it may be beneficial to wait until more time frees up.
Where to go: One of the key points to consider when choosing the right school for you is school/program fit. It is important to find a program that is right for you but you also need to find a school that is going to match up with your development goals. Some characterizes to consider are faculty, delivery method, location, costs/financial aid, culture, size and resources. You should not make a decision on rankings/reputation alone. Many statistics for schools are based off undergraduate programs and can vary for the same schools graduate programs.
A good characteristic in any program is Experiential Learning. This is the process of learning by doing real-world and applied activities. Examples of this type of learning would be internships, capstone projects and self-directed studies.
What to study: This is the most important question because what you are studying and what you hope to get out of the degree must be aligned. You should find something that you are passionate about, don’t be swayed by booming industries or the latest news statistic. Some good questions to ask yourself are “What do you want to be an expert in?” or “What is your dream job?” Do not assume that your undergraduate studies have to relate to your graduate studies. Combining two different but complementary areas of study can lead to unique career paths. Make sure you are talking to professionals in their field! Try informational interviewing, job shadowing, and attending networking events.
Work-life balance? Now I’m thinking about adding school into the mix? What can I do?
I am an engineer, I travel a lot with my work, I coach my son’s baseball team….how will I have time for a higher degree?
The answer: Northeastern Seattle
With Northeastern Seattle’s focus on on-line and hybrid graduate education, busy adults who have a desire or need to pursue a higher education degree can be successful. With high quality programs that provide flexibility in scheduling and learning, you can do it. Need to jump start your career or want to move in a different direction? Northeastern Seattle is making it a possibility with high quality, flexible, and convenient programs.
Still worried about the challenges of juggling it all?
Try these four steps to balancing work and graduate school, according to Forbes on-line:
1) Get Prepared
2) Research Financial Options
3) Add Some Strategy
4) Don’t Forget Yourself
Work smarter by choosing a program that complements your job or can enhance your job opportunities; or even one where you can solve problems or complete tasks within your job with school opportunities.
And remember the motto, “if you need something done, ask a busy person.” The motivated student is often the busy professional, parent, and volunteer.
Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D., Associate Dean – Academic