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Seattle Campus News | August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Leading Change in Seattle

Faculty in Northeastern Seattle’s Doctor of Education program help students tackle regional education issues through key partnerships, collaborations 

Northeastern University has one of the largest Doctor of Education programs in the nation. The Seattle Campus recently launched it’s own cohort of nearly 30 students. For the first wave of students who recently began their studies in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program, the quality and rigor of the Northeastern’s EdD program will remain the same, but students in Seattle will effect change in a geographically focused way through a unique cohort model addressing regional and local needs. 

Dr. Angela Walmsley, Associate Dean, speaking to the first Doctor of Education cohort

“Through this cohort model, our students will get to know one another very well, working and collaborating together on problems and issues with the intent to be change agents,” said Dr. Chris Unger, who teaches one of the foundation courses, Transforming Human Systems, which focuses on investigating issues in the work setting with a researcher’s mindset. Along with a faculty appointment, Unger is the regional mentor for the Seattle EdD program.The EdD cohort in Seattle will complete the program’s first four foundation classes, which will take approximately six months, together. These 30 students from around the Seattle region (and some beyond) have backgrounds in K-12 and higher education, engineering, business entrepreneurship, counseling, and nursing, among others.  

As regional mentor, Unger helps address Seattle’s education issues through the program’s cohort by: supporting students’ progress and journey through the program; making sure they stay connected so that they can learn from one another; and accessing and making connections with other individuals and organizations in the region who are trying make an impact in education.

Having worked with Seattle public schools for three years on high school improvement and redesign efforts, Unger has been able to build and maintain connections while understanding the education issues of that particular region.  

To build and recruit the first cohort, Unger, along with other EdD faculty members and senior program staff at the College, made several visits to Seattle to meet with leadership members at community colleges, administration officials at other colleges and universities, as well as with prospective students participating in the Seattle campus’ roundtable information sessions.

The contacts that Unger built over the years while working in Seattle came in handy when launching the first cohort; during one visit, Unger and Dr. Mya Mangawang, senior assistant dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs and director of the Graduate School of Education at the College, met with leaders in Washington’s State Department of Education, various school districts, schools, and other organizations and groups who are stakeholders in the state’s education decisions to inform them of the College’s intent to contribute to effective change in the region. Mangawang is and continues to be an instrumental leader in the direction and vision of the EdD program. Additionally, Dr. Joseph McNabb traveled out to Seattle to teach the first set of classes for the cohort, specifically the foundation course Introduction to Doctoral Studies, which lays the groundwork for developing students’ understanding of the complex relationship that exists between research and innovation in the practice setting.

“The point was to let them know that we’ve started a new doctoral program in education in Seattle and that we are looking to develop partnerships and collaborations with them,” explained Unger. “Additionally, we wanted them to know that we were recruiting for our program that we knew was either of interest to them or to their colleagues.” 

After the doctoral students finish their four foundation courses together they will go on to pursue their concentration classes where they interact with and learn from students all over the world.“The more partnerships and collaborations that result between our students and other people and organizations who have a vested interest in education, the more likely it will be that our students will have an impact, with the shared intent of having an overall impact on the region’s education systems,” Unger continued. “Our program connects locally to other initiatives, organizations, and movements so that our students can be part of that activity.”

Students from the first Doctor of Education cohort in Seattle

“When students are learning in these intensive courses in a hybrid fashion, they are making connections with people from various fields such as K-12, higher education, and human resource management,” said Unger.

As students progress through the program, Unger, as regional mentor, will create ways to stay in touch with them and vice versa. For example, in the future, all students in the Seattle EdD program will convene either virtually or face-to-face to touch base and reconnect. In the meantime, the program’s faculty and staff are working on developing many ways for the students to stay in touch and expand their learning with all of the other doctoral students nationally and internationally.

“The excitement and enthusiasm of these students and of the administration at the Seattle campus is absolutely infectious,” said McNabb. “We all have benefited from a new, developing sense of collegiality with this group of committed and engaged educators.” 

Soon, a similar framework for the newly established EdD program at Northeastern’s Charlotte, NC, campus will come into effect, where Dr. Karen Reiss Medwed will act as the regional mentor. The program, whose first cohort will begin this winter, will also take on regional issues, such as rural education, which Unger notes is a challenging issue in that region.

“The point of the EdD program is to develop our students into scholar-practitioners who can use their knowledge and skills to better support and engender change in their organizations for the better,” said Unger.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a comprehensive, global research university. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 165 graduate programs, ranging from professional master’s degrees to interdisciplinary PhD programs. Northeastern’s research enterprise is aligned with three national imperatives: health, security and sustainability. Northeastern students participate in co-op and other forms of experiential learning in 90 countries on all seven continents.

Seattle Campus News | August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Review: Lunch & Learn: Information Assurance and Cyber Security – The Security Risk Management Challenge

On August 14th Dr. Themis Papageorge, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Northeastern University’s Graduate Information Assurance Program, gave a presentation at the Northeastern University – Seattle campus with over 20 people attending. The topic for his presentation was “Information Assurance and Cyber Security – The Security Risk Management Challenge”.

Dr. Papageorge started with a definition of Information Assurance (IA) as a “set of measures that protect and defend information and information systems”. The five metrics that IA is based upon are confidentiality, integrity, authentication, availability, and non-reputiation. Dr. Papageorge gave a background on some notable IA breaches including the TJX credit card scandal in which nearly 130 million credit card numbers and $100 million were stolen. He also touched upon the recent Edward Snowden NSA and CIA breach where Snowden leaked information to the press about U.S. and U.K. governmental mass surveillance programs. 

The amount of attention in congress and the news has exponentially increased recently. The amount of act/laws passed in the last 10 years exceeds the amount of acts that occurred in the past 40 years. This is due to the larger amount of attacks that have occurred. There are two types of IA threats:

  • Natural
    • Hurricane, power shortage, sprinkler failure
  • Man made (malicous) 
    • State sponsored, personal, terrorists, commercial groups

Northeastern University is a national leader in IA. It has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security as one of four universities in the nation as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. Northeastern’s program allows much flexibility for students to customize courses to ensure that  they and/or their employer gets exactly what are looking for in the curriculum.

To learn more about Northeastern University – Seattle’s Information Assurance program and to request information click here.

Media Coverage | August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

What Really Helps in Today’s Job Market

By Elizabeth Gehrman
The Boston Globe: August 11, 2013


Despite some improvement in job growth for recent college grads, many are still trying to adjust to post-Great Recession life. They’re out of work, working part time, or cobbling together some kind of living by walking dogs, cutting lawns, and painting houses while volunteering in their preferred fields and living in their parents’ basements.

But some of those with bachelor’s degrees, both new to the workforce and not, are coming to a perhaps counterintuitive solution: They’re spending more money, not less, banking their futures on further schooling in the form of master’s degrees, professional certificates, and non-matriculating adult education.

Read the full article here>>

Media Coverage | August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Graduation Rates Among African-American Students on the Rise at Northeastern, Study Says

By Katherine Landergan August 5, 2013

Graduation rates among black students at Northeastern University are on the rise, according to a study by The Education Trust.

According to the report, in the past decade, the graduation rate among African-American students at Northeastern has grown 27.4 percentage points — from 42.1 percent in 2002 to 69.5 percent in 2011. From 2010 to 2011 alone, the graduation rate for blacks rose 4.8 percentage points.

The Education Trust’s mission is to “close the gaps in opportunity and achievement” among low-income families and minorities.

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Seattle Campus News | August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Homeland Security & Information Assurance at Northeastern University – Seattle

Northeastern University is a world leader in Homeland Security and Information Assurance. In 2008, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity (DHS) selected North­eastern as one of 11 uni­ver­si­ties nation­wide for a DHS Center of Excel­lence. The $10 mil­lion grant estab­lished the Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) center at North­eastern. Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Research Center in Nahant, Mass., is devel­oping robotic tech­nology to detect under­water mines and other coastal threats.

In 2011 Northeastern University established the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity Research. The Kostas Insti­tute gave North­eastern the capacity and clear­ances to con­duct secure research within a restricted envi­ron­ment in areas ranging from cyber secu­rity to explo­sives detec­tion, mit­i­ga­tion and response to terror attacks.

The Pacific Northwest is also a leader in Homeland Security and Defense. Washington houses one of the largest military bases in the United States, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The facility is an amalgamation of the United States Army’s Fort Lewis and the United States Air Force’s McChord Air Force Base. JBLM houses a large-scale airspace protection program. They process over 12,000 air tracks a day. 

Seattle is also the location where Boeing started in 1916. Boeing is a world leader in defense and commercial air travel. 

Dr. Themis Papageorge

Over the week of August 11th Dr. Themis Papageorge, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Northeastern University’s Graduate Information Assurance Program will be in Seattle for a series of meeting and a presentation on campus. His presentation topic is “Information Assurance and Cyber Security – The Security Risk Management Challenge“.

To learn more about Northeastern University – Seattle’s Information Assurance program and to request information click here.


Seattle Campus News | August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Northeastern University – Seattle Ping Pong Table is Unveiled at City Hall

Dean Washburn vs. City Councilmember Licata

This week there was a different kind of launch for Northeastern University – Seattle, which took place in Seattle’s City Hall at high noon before several TV stations and members of the public.  The City of Seattle’s Deputy Mayor and City Council President first thanked Northeastern for providing a creative and magnificent addition to a lovely public space in City Hall – a Ping Pong Table!   

The gift of this Ping Pong table was very intentional and mindful of the global and local role Ping Pong has played. Pong brings people and nations together, having fun.  It was Ping Pong Diplomacy back in 1971 that led to normalization of relations between China and US, a milestone that allowed Seattle in subsequent years to serve as a Gateway to China. Even today, Seattle has one of its local leaders, former Governor Gary Locke, serving as the US Ambassador to China. Here in the Puget Sound region today, startups, tech companies, gamers and researchers of all types all turn to Ping Pong to relieve stress and generate creativity.  Given our growing ties with all these companies and love for the game, it was only natural for Northeastern to enter a fun and creative public-private partnership with the City of Seattle.  In coming years the Northeastern University – Seattle Ping Pong table in City Hall will allow residents, policymakers and the general public to come together, relax and have good old plain fun in the magnificent setting at City Hall. If YOU want to play, bring a friend and check in at the 5th Floor entrance, where you will get a ball and paddles.

The Battle for Seattle between Councilmember  Nick “The Shark” Licata and Tayloe “Big Daddy Ping” Washburn served as the opening match.  It was a lot of fun and very challenging for The Shark and Big D, as both players had excellent paddles, a spectacular setting at City Hall, and a table that had never been played on.

Media Coverage | August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Coolest Kids on the Block? City Hall Now Has a Ping-Pong table

By sh Keletey

Fifth Avenue Seattle: August 6, 2013

City hall is now sporting the entertaining new attribute of a Ping-Pong table, available for public use, and to put a cherry on top Councilmember Nick Licata and Northeastern University Dean Tayloe Washburn will go head-to-head in the table’s first match.

In a gesture of generosity and partnership, Northeastern University practically donated the Ping-Pong table, paddles, and balls to the city for a humble cost of one dollar. Northeastern is a private non-profit research university that has a campus in South Lake Union, and apparently like to throw down on the green court.

Read the full article on Fifth Avenue Seattle  

Seattle Campus News | August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Review: MS in Bioinformatics Virtual Roundtable Information Session

We welcomed students to campus to discuss an exciting degree in Bioinformatics. The session was hosted by Dr. Steve Vollmer, Director of the MS in Bioinformatics program, who teleconferenced in from Boston. Dr. Vollmer discussed specifics of the program including course and career options. 

Vollmer noted that over 80% of students take jobs in the Bioinformatics field. The most popular industry is pharmaceuticals. So far in Seattle, Bioinformatics students have the option to perform their cooperative education (co-op) experiences at organizations such as Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Benaroya Research Institute. We will continue to add additional co-op opportunities in the Pacific Northwest for students of Bioinformatics and other areas of studies. 

This informal information session allowed Dr. Vollmer to answer questions and discuss various elements of the program, including the option for Bioinformatics students to take Computer Science classes for topics in overlapping fields.

To learn more about Northeastern University – Seattle’s Master of Science in Bioinformatics degree and to request more information click here

Seattle Campus News | July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

HIMSS Summer Extravaganza @ The Woodland Park Zoo

Buddy, The Jaguar

Northeastern University – Seattle is proud to be an Elite Annual Sponsor of the Washington chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). HIMMS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access, through the best use of information technology and management systems.

On Thursday, July 25th, HIMSS hosted their annual Summer Extravaganza. This event brings together the Society for a fun night of networking. This year the event occurred in Jaguar Cove at the Woodland Park Zoo. Northeastern University – Seattle had a table directly in front of Buddy, a recent father of three Jaguar cubs. 

Dan Feinberg, the director of Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program, attended the event. Feinberg is a past president of the New England HIMSS chapter. While in Seattle, he met with local leaders in the Health Informatics industry.  The next day, Feinberg hosted an information session at Northeastern University – Seattle’s campus in South Lake Union, presenting on “How the Affordable Care Act Makes Health Data the Future” which focused on the changing Healthcare landscape in the United States. 

To learn more about Northeastern University – Seattle’s Health Informatics graduate degree program and to request more info click here.

Seattle Campus News | July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

From the Academic Dean: What is Hybrid Learning?

Learning in a hybrid fashion is learning in a mixture of traditional classes (typically called on-ground courses) and on-line courses.  There are multiple ways to run a hybrid program: 

    1. An individual course can be hybrid where students meet on-ground a few times a semester while the remainder of the course is completed on-line.
    2. An individual course can be hybrid where students meet on-ground as many as half the typical number of times a course meets with alternating weeks on-line.
    3. A full program can be considered hybrid where some of the courses meet on-ground and other courses are completely on-line or some courses are a mixture of both.
    4. A full program can also be considered hybrid when most of the coursework is on-line for each individual course, but students have access to faculty seminars and lectures as needed (maybe one or two times a semester or year) throughout a full program.

The reason hybrid is not strictly defined at Northeastern University-Seattle is because we know faculty and colleges from the Boston-based campus will create the most suitable and academically appropriate format of hybrid for their particular class and program.  While Northeastern will offer hybrid classes in many of their programs, some may remain as on-line only depending on program and professor preference.  In addition, hybrid programs are preferred by students and hybrid programs have lower drop out rates than online-only offerings. 

As an instructor of hybrid learning, I appreciate the flexibility and convenience of a hybrid program without any reduction in the quality of the course.  Hybrid learning could quite possibly be the future of learning!

Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D.
Associate Dean – Academic
Northeastern University-Seattle
(206) 732-1385
Dr. Walmsley is the Associate Academic Dean for Northeastern Seattle; she focuses on the academic programs offered a the Graduate Campus.  As a former professor in research methods and education, Dr. Walmsley focuses on high quality graduate programming for working adults pursuing a higher degree.