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Seattle Campus News | October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

October Events Spotlight

During October, Northeastern University – Seattle will be hosting a series of events featuring special faculty guests. All of these events are program specific. You will have the opportunity to discuss in depth, particulars about many programs.
Featured programs include: Masters and Doctorate of Education, Energy Systems, Engineering Management, Sports Leadership, Health Informatics, and Biotechnology. See below for more information about these sessions.

October 3 & 4: Master of Education and Doctor of Education

On Thursday, October 3, Northeastern University will be holding a reception on our Seattle campus at which you will have the opportunity to hear about our Master of Education and Doctor of Education programs.

The following day, Friday, October 4, we will be hosting a networking and discussion session about leading change specific to the region.

Both of these sessions will be hosted by Dr. Chris Unger, senior fellow and faculty member in the EdD program at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies.

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October 15: MS Energy Systems, MS Engineering Management

Join us for a luncheon for prospective students interested in programs offered through Northeastern’s prestigious College of Engineering.  Conversation will be led by Dr. Tristan Johnson, Director of Online Education whose work in the college includes course development and industry partnerships.  The College of Engineering is home to numerous leading-edge projects and initiatives that advance discovery and new knowledge in health, technology, sustainability, and security.  Dr. Johnson will be introducing the Seattle campus’ two College of Engineering programs, Master of Science in Energy Systems &  Master of Science in Engineering Management. Dr. Johnson will be leading a program discussion and analysis for prospective students. 

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October 16: MS Sports Leadership

Join us for a dinner for prospective Master of Sports Leadership students with conversation to be led by faculty member, Dr. Robert Prior. Dr. Prior has served as Director of Media Relations for the Boston Celtics, Director of Information & New Media for Major League Soccer, and the Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator for the Atlanta Braves. Dr. Prior later spent six years working in collegiate athletics at Nova Southeastern University, where he was Associate Director of Athletics Communications & External Operations.

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October 22: MS Health Informatics

Dan Feinberg, Director of the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program of Northeastern University’s College of Computer & Information Science will be visiting the Seattle Campus. Prospective students will have to opportunity for a special session.

Event details are being confirmed; Check back for more information

October 30: MS Biotechnology Launch Event 

Jim Leung, Aca­d­emic Director of the Professional Science Masters Program in Biotech­nology Pro­gram of Northeastern University’s College of Science will be visiting the Seattle Campus to help launch the new MS Biotechnology program. 

Event details are being confirmed; Check back for more information



Media Coverage | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Campus View: Rethinking Higher Ed Reform Through Co-ops

by Melanie Dostis

USA Today, September 26, 2013

For the longest time, I had no idea when I would be graduating.

I had no clue what year I was in and at times I wasn’t sure if classes were even part of my plan.

What I do know is that in the gloomy job market college graduates face, I have a chance to avoid the typical employment woes of many grads.

I am part of the co-operative (or “co-op”) education world, an increasingly sought-out solution in higher education to transition students to the workplace. In it, students alternate between the classroom and the workplace.

>> Read the full article here 


Seattle Campus News | September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Event Recap: Matching Industry Growth with Sustainable Development, The New Tech Challenge

On Wednesday, September 25th the Seattle Campus hosted a presentation as part of our Local Leaders, Global Impact speaker series. The topic of the event was “Matching Industry Growth with Sustainable Development: The New Tech Challenge”. Some back round on the topic:

“The Puget Sound tech sector is exploding. Since the ‘90s, our information technology sector created two-thirds of Washington’s job growth, which now represents 27 percent of all jobs in the state, mostly in the Puget Sound area. At the same time, cities are striving to achieve aggressive sustainability goals. With this growth driving our real estate market, are our developments and land use policies meeting the demands of this vital sector in ways that help us achieve our climate goals?”

The presentation featured four panelists representing academia, the public and private sector. The moderator for the event was Dr. Joan Fitzgerald. Dr. Fitzgerald is professor and interim dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts. 

The first presenter was Kathleen Owens, President and General Manager of the Attachmate Business Unit of Attachmate. She discussed her companies recent decision to relocate to a downtown office building. Attachmate is part of a new trend where companies are moving their headquarters to downtown office spaces as opposed to sprawling suburban developments. One of the most unique aspects about the adaptation was managing employee concerns and perspectives. 

The next presenter was Greg Johnson, President of Wright Runstad & Company. Johnson talked about The Spring District, an “ecodistrict” in Bellevue consisting of a mix of commercial and residential properties. From The Spring District website, “We’re creating a neighborhood that draws people in, just to be, sharing space with all the other people who are drawn to it too.” The development will be constructed in three phases with an estimated completion date in 2026. Learn more about The Spring District and watch a great video here.

The final presenter was Hilary Franz, CEO of Futurewise. From their website “Futurewise works with communities across Washington State to save farms and forests, protect rivers and coasts, and build strong cities and towns for all.” Franz talked about sustainable policy and civic engagement. Prior to joining Futurewise, Franz represented local governments, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups on a broad range of land use planning and policy issues.

After the presentation members of the audience asked questions and got into some interesting discussions about sustainable urban development with the panelists. 

To see more pictures from the event, go here.


Seattle Campus News | September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

New Co-op Coordinator and Exciting Events This Week

This week we welcomed an additional staff member to the Seattle Campus, Jennifer Youngblood. 

Jennifer is the faculty Graduate Cooperative Education Coordinator for the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University – Seattle. Her background includes over 15 year of career counseling in higher education and private practice, as well as corporate HR.  Jennifer has a BA and MA in History, a master’s certificate in Computer Programming, and MA coursework in Career Development. She is also MBTI Qualified and is a certified Distance Career Counselor.

We have some very interesting and unique events occurring on the Seattle Campus this week. The first is tomorrow presentation: Matching Industry Growth with Sustainable Development: The New Tech Challenge. This is the continuation of our speakers series: Local Leaders: Global Impact

The Puget Sound tech sector is exploding. Since the ‘90s, our information technology sector created two-thirds of Washington’s job growth, which now represents 27 percent of all jobs in the state, mostly in the Puget Sound area. At the same time, cities are striving to achieve aggressive sustainability goals. With this growth driving our real estate market, are our developments and land use policies meeting the demands of this vital sector in ways that help us achieve our climate goals?The Puget Sound tech sector is exploding. Since the ‘90s, our information technology sector created two-thirds of Washington’s job growth, which now represents 27 percent of all jobs in the state, mostly in the Puget Sound area. At the same time, cities are striving to achieve aggressive sustainability goals. With this growth driving our real estate market, are our developments and land use policies meeting the demands of this vital sector in ways that help us achieve our climate goals?

Here is a special sneak peek at the presentation by Greg Johnson, President of Wright Runstad & Company, about Bellevue’s Spring District which will be used as a real-world case study. 

Check it out here

The Seattle Campus will also be hosting an event on Thursday for the Young Professionals Network (YPN), titled I’M A YP. NOW WHAT?. The YPN is a group coordinated by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. They organize events for professional under 40 to meet and network. This week’s event’s theme is Next Career Steps and Personal Development. 

Find out more about the event and register here.


Media Coverage | September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Co-​​op Fair Highlights Global Learning Experiences

by Joe O’Connell

news@Northeastern: September 24, 2013

The indoor quad at the Curry Stu­dent Center had an inter­na­tional feel on Thursday night as stu­dents who have recently returned from over­seas co-ops con­vened to share their experiences.

Northeastern’s inau­gural Inter­na­tional Co-op Fair gave about 30 co-op stu­dents the chance to tell their sto­ries to peers con­sid­ering expe­ri­en­tial learning in a for­eign country.

As part of its mis­sion to pre­pare stu­dents for future suc­cess, North­eastern com­bines class­room learning with real-world expe­ri­ence in some 93 coun­tries world­wide. About 300 stu­dents are cur­rently on inter­na­tional co-op, a figure that inter­na­tional co-op director Ketty Rosen­feld expects to grow.

>> Read the full article here 


Seattle Campus News | September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Young Professionals (YP) Network Event: I’M A YP. NOW WHAT?

It’s important to stay on top of your professional game to navigate the Seattle business world. Join us for a discussion at the new Northeastern-Seattle campus where our panelists will offer up advice for your next career steps.

At this event we will:

  • Discuss your options for career development
  • Learn how to be the employee that gets the promotion
  • Meet with other YPs while you enjoy drinks and appetizers
  • Check out Northeastern’s new facility
  • Enter to win great prizes
Why get involved with YPN?

  • Exposure to what is going on in Seattle
  • To build your business network with other young professionals
  • Unique access to regional business leaders and political figures
 
Chamber Members: $20 pre-paid ($25 after 9/24)
Non-Chamber Members: $20 pre-paid ($25 after 9/24)
 

When:

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013
5:30-7:30 PM Pacific Time

Where: 

Northeastern University – Seattle Campus
401 Terry Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109
(In South Lake Union)

Suggested parking is at the 321 Terry Ave N and 320 Westlake garages, which can be accessed from between Harrison St and Thomas St. 

To learn more about our event and to register, click here!

There are no membership fees or any application process to attend The Young Professionals Network events. If you are not a Chamber member, register online under the nonmember registration button. Learn more about Chamber membership.


Seattle Campus News | September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Seattle Campus is Hosting WTIA’s TechNW This Fall

Northeastern University – Seattle is very excitied to be partnering with the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) to host a series of panel discussions and presentations, called TechNW. The WTIA is the largest statewide association of technology companies and executives in the nation. This year, TechNW will be a 3-part event series featuring two panels focused on different sectors and a reception at each event. Each event has two theme; click below for more information on each:

We hope to see you are one of these events. For more information about TechNW and the WTIA click here.


Seattle Campus News | September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Event Recap: Employer Branding, What it is and How to Develop Your Employer Value Proposition

Stephanie Pure, Maria Stein, Kortney Kutsop, and David Lee

On Tuesday, September 10 Northeastern welcomed employers to campus for a presentation and discussion on Employer Branding. Representatives from a variety of organizations attended the event such as CH2M Hill, Seattle City Light, and Fluke. Employer branding is the process of establishing an organization as a great place to work. The goal of employer branding is to attract, engage and retain talented candidates and employees. Employee turnover is becoming increasingly expensive and retention can reduce costs. The importance of Employer Branding started in the 90’s, but had become more relevant about 15 years ago, and now it is a key component of any organizations Human Resources and employee communications functions.

There were two presentations, one given by Kortney Kutsop, the Senior Account Director of Universum. Kortney gave some compelling statistics about what current students and what potential employees are looking for in an employer from the 2013 America’s Ideal Employers Survey. Employees are looking for stability within their position. This data marked a large change from previous years where characteristics such as challenging, unique and enjoyable ranked higher. 

David Lee, Global Employer Brand Leader at Amazon and former consultant talked about the use of games to recruit employees; games get people excited and encourages involvement. Lee used games as part of the Go Army campaign by the U.S. Army. The campaign heavily utilized social media and advertising to encourage people to join the Army. Lee even played a few games with the audience and it was clear that is was effective at engaging participants. Lee also spoke about the benefits of differentiation between employer branding and consumer branding. 

One participant J. Paul Blake, Senior Management Consultant at CH2M Hill, found the presentation very informative and interesting, he “enjoyed the various ways that employees and potential employees learn about companies via their website, social media, and through the rest of their online presence” 

Want to learn more about Employer Branding? Click here 


Seattle Campus News | September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Welcoming Fall Students/Orientation

Students learn about health plan options from Northeastern’s University Health and Counseling Services

The Seattle Campus is running hybrid classes this fall for our MS Computer Science and MS Computer Science ALIGN students. Last week we welcomed new and returning students to a series of social events and orientation presentations. Over 40 students attended all the events in total.

The orientation activities included:  

  • Video conferences from several Northeastern departments based in Boston such as Student Financial Services, Health Services, IT Services, and Library Resources
  • A special break-out Computer Science Orientation led by Bryan Lackaye, EdD, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, College of Computer and Information Science
  • Advising and faculty meetings

There were also social events that the campus hosted including:

Students and members of the Seattle Team aboard a Duck Boat on Lake Union


Seattle Campus News | August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Student Experience of Online Learning Presented by Kevin Bell

Kevin Bell

Kevin Bell is the Executive Director for Online Curriculum Development and Deployment at the College of Professional Studies (CPS). Bell leads Northeastern University’s efforts toward the goal of high-quality, professional online programs based on industry and academic standards. 

Bell’s heads the team at Northeastern within CPS that aims to make online programs challenging and engaging while increasing the means by which students retain and internalize information and competencies. Bell’s team works with Northeastern faculty and deans to adapt programs to an online format.

Northeastern has been a pioneer in web-based delivery of programs since 1998. Northeastern offers 51 online degree programs across a wide range of disciplines and in 48 states. There are currently 10,000 online and hybrid students across 8 colleges.

The U.S. Department of Education in 2010 completed a study titled “Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online” that combined more than a thousand previous studies into one report. One key finding was the fact that students who took all or part of their course online performed better on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction. As Bell outlined though, thoughtful course design and student focus and effort are still much-needed components.

The Northeastern online model takes into account elements of cognitive science – a field attempting to understand how the human brain assimilates and stores information. Bell’s team’s goal is to develop a model that dramatically increases the efficiency and effectiveness of students’ learning, memory, and application of concepts.

Northeastern is piloting and pioneering innovative work in adaptive learning. Using new technologies and industry partners, the team at Northeastern are leveraging current computing power to adapt the presentation of educational material according to individual student learning needs, as indicated by early responses to questions and tasks. In an adaptive system, learners study carefully sized “chunks” of information before checking their understanding through interactive tests. The pace of a student’s progress through materials can be moderated based on their performance with these low-stress, evaluative but not evaluated tests. Students needing further practice can be directed to specific topics to review – confirming that the solid foundations of knowledge are in place before they progress to the next challenge.

Bell’s team is also using data analytics to improve courses and delivery techniques. Student, and faculty, behavioral data is reviewed and shared in order to propagate and encourage behaviors that are typical of successful participants. Data about the class in general is also sent back to curriculum designers for evaluation and discussion with faculty to in a “continuing improvement” model for materials and course content. Through these means, online education is moving from “One size fits all” to “Individualized Instruction”, with learning captured and confirmed rather than simply assumed based on a form of attendance and persistence beyond course end dates.

Bell’s team is also focused on developing new forms of Online Experiential Learning (OEL), based on the cornerstone of the Northeastern educational model. Most deliverables are real world based, including on occasion efforts to include unique circumstances and environment changes, as might happen in the real world. As Bell explained, often the essential ability gleaned from “experiential” is the experience developed to abstract and reapply knowledge and strategies to many, diverse situations as opposed to rote learning with one fixed set of rules.

Finally the group discussed criteria that promote student success in online learning. The main elements discussed by the group were:

  • Self-Motivation – the will to direct the learning experience, fulfill course requirements, and achieve individual academic success.
  • Independent learning –an understanding of the online environment, how it facilitates learning at an individual pace, and how this pace relieves the stress of feeling pressured thus promoting an enjoyable learning experience.
  • Computer Literacy – while advanced computer skills are typically not necessary, basic knowledge of electronic email, the Internet, and keyboarding skills are needed.
  • Time Management Skills – an ability to organize and plan the best time to learn is needed. Students who are able to organize consistent, regular work sessions tend to have better results than those who fall behind or assume they can put in 12 hour days at some point in the future.
  • Effective Written Communication Skills – since communication with peers and instructors is accomplished via the use of electronic formats, the ability to communicate ideas and assignments clearly and concisely is important to student success.
  • Personal Commitment – sustained success in learning and attaining knowledge and skills via online courses requires a strong commitment to participate, and as much as possible, empathy and support from family, friends and colleagues!