Today, I would like to talk to you about the rise of nontraditional learners in higher education. These nontraditional learners—part-time learners, mid-career professionals, adult learners, lifelong learners—are spurring major changes to higher education, both in the United States and around the world.
In higher education in the United States, 85 percent of undergraduates are nontraditional. This is quite important because their expectations are very different from the expectations of students who are more traditional. What do these non-traditional learners want? They want to choose programs with a strong value proposition and very solid outcomes. They ask, “Will these programs get me jobs?”
Last weekend, we were very excited to welcome to campus our first cohort of candidates for our Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. Approximately thirty students from four states make up this cohort with backgrounds in education, engineering, business entrepreneurship, counseling, nursing and more.
They began their studies online in early July, leading up to the past weekend as their first of four residencies. The residency weekends involve two 8-hour days of class. This quarter, the two classes in which this cohort is enrolled are: Introduction to Doctoral Studies taught by Joseph McNabb, Ph.D. and Transforming Human Systems taught by Chris Unger, Ed.D.
A group of Seattle-area educators and electronic-game developers have started working on a game to keep teenage girls engaged in math and science.
Consider, for a moment, the possibility of a completely addictive electronic game that had a more noble objective than destroying pigs with slingshot-flung birds or traveling through post-apocalyptic wastelands.
What about a game that was geared toward teen girls — a free game that kept them engrossed in math and science, nudging them toward careers in those fields, at that very time in their lives when they start to lose interest?
Northeastern University – Seattle to host national interactive event building a game for girls to close the gender gap in STEM
100+ leaders in tech, games, education and research don their wizard caps to come together Friday, June 28 to kick off GAMES (Girls Advancing in Math Engineering and Science)
Seattle, Wash – June 26, 2013 – What do wizards, academics, non-profits and modern tech gurus have in common? This Friday, June 28 from noon-2pm leaders in game development, education and research will come together at Northeastern University’s South Lake Union campus to take part in an interactive game-based event. This event will formalize a collaborative group to eventually develop a game that engages young girls in STEM.
The event is cohosted by the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) – a non-profit working with a practitioner network serving more than 7 million girls. NGCP shares sponsorship with the Institute of Systems Biology (ISB). The event also includes groups at Northeastern’s Boston and Charlotte campuses who are joining by video.
On Tuesday, June 11, Justine Siegal, Director of Sports Partnerships at Sport in Society, was on the panel at the Mariner’s Sports Career Night in partnership with Teamwork Online. Justine spoke about her career path in the sports industry including coaching at the collegiate level, starting her own baseball foundation, Baseball For All, and her record of being the only woman to ever pitch during batting practice for Major League Baseball.
After her speech the attendees had an opportunity to ask Justine how to get started on their own career paths in sports. Justine led the conversation by highlighting the Master of Science in Sports Leadership program offered at the Northeastern University – Seattle campus and online.
To learn more about the Sports Leadership program, click here.
To learn more about Justine’s career, click here.
On-line learning is a great option for working adults who want a high quality program with flexibility. If you cannot attend courses regularly or in a traditional time or format, on-line courses could be for you. Students who might be new to on-line learning may believe that taking an on-line class is less time consuming than a traditional on-ground course. Most of my students would tell you the opposite is true. However, many students prefer on-line learning because of the flexibility in time and coursework they experience.
In order to take advantage of the flexibility of an on-line course, you as a student must be good at your own time management. You must also be disciplined to work many hours on-line outside of class times that might be set for the course. You will experience both collaborative and individualized learning activities designed to promote learning in your course. As an adult learner, you have many demands on your time and life. On-line learning (and possibly some hybrid learning) may be for you. If you are dedicated and committed to furthering your education, and can make time for learning (outside your normal working and “life’ hours), then a program at Northeastern Seattle is for you. Northeastern Seattle’s offers both on-line only and hybrid courses depending on the specific program of study. Please check out the academic degrees offered at the Seattle Graduate Campus or contact Dr. Walmsley at email@example.com for further information.
Blair Butterworth passed away recently. As is reflected in his last article below, he was involved in many of this region’s major steps forward. I had the opportunity to work with Blair on some of the campaigns he refers to. His last article gives an eloquent overview of what makes Seattle special, and the work we have to focus on now in the all-important area of Education.
- Tayloe Washburn
“I was powerfully struck by the sheer physical beauty of our state. So many wonderful natural attractions, such a variety of outdoor activities. In the wake of the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle was also a vibrant model of civic achievement. But it was more than these things.
Beyond what lay all around me as I explored every corner of Seattle and our state, was what I found within the people here. I was welcomed, included and accepted. Me, an East Coast nomad who’d never known any other permanent address besides “c/o.” I was finally and unequivocally home.
Here I found a remarkable, open-minded diversity of thought, interests and people. A rich environment for meaningful civic dialogue. A conviction that such meaningful dialogue is both precursor to and stimulus for action and progress. Here I found a generosity of spirit, where I would be judged not as an outsider, but by my competence, merit, work and humanity. I knew this was where I belonged.”
The Seattle campus welcomed Mike Pollastri Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Jim Aggen, Associate Professor, Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry, from the Boston campus last week.
Their research program focuses on the chemistry and drug discovery side of medicine, while other institutions focus on the delivery methods. “The laboratory’s overarching goal is to apply current state-of-the-art drug discovery techniques to find cures for debilitating neglected diseases, which affect over a billion of the world’s poorest people.”
In conjunction with Northeastern University’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health, they currently have a minor program for current students, and are working towards consolidating a list of co-op employers for students interested in pursuing the global health field.
In Seattle, they met with members of the Institute for Systems Biology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Biomed to discuss research collaboration for various infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and the sleeping sickness.
To read more about the Integrated Initiative for Global Health, click here.
To learn more about Professor Pollastri’s research, click here.
Why has Northeastern University opened two campuses in recent years far from its namesake geographic region?
What would drive a well-regarded school in Boston to open branches in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) and the South (Charlotte, N.C.)?
The incredible talent that the University of Washington pumps out every year was on display during Tuesday’s Seattle Tech Meetup, as five startups with UW ties gave five-minute pitches to the crowd at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.
But unfortunately for the state, the UW is one of the few bright spots amidst an otherwise struggling education system with regard to producing tech talent. While Washington ranks fourth in the nation for tech-related companies, the state comes in a disappointing 46th for participation in science and engineering graduate programs.
And that’s exactly why Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the UW, stood at the podium as the final speaker on Tuesday and implored the crowd to start supporting education in Washington.