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Dr. John LaBrie is the dean of Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, which offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a wide variety of disciplines. Dean LaBrie was an adult learner, earning his bachelor’s degree in French part-time from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He then went on to earn an MSA in management from Saint Michael’s College and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Courting the international student in a fast-spinning world


In the past several decades, the world has experienced an explosion of student mobility that transcends domestic borders. The United States has benefited greatly from this trend—there were a record 765,000 international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2011-12 academic year—but this is changing, and quickly. China is spending a quarter trillion dollars a year on its ... Read More »

The key to thriving in higher ed today? Flexibility


To look at the data and read stories in the media, post-secondary education is in trouble. According to the Council of Graduate Schools, enrollments dipped at U.S. graduate schools for both the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years (the last two years for which there is data). Business and law degrees—those stalwarts of higher ed—have had decreases in applications in recent ... Read More »

An idea whose time has come: online experiential learning


The romantic notion that adults come back to higher education for personal enrichment and self-directed intellectual pursuits does not hold water. After nearly 25 years working with adult students, I have met only a very small number who are pursuing a degree for the pure satisfaction of it. Instead, the vast majority are in it for a better life, which ... Read More »

In Search of Employability: Curricula of the Future, Meet Business


You hear the word “employability” everywhere you go these days, which is no surprise when domestic and international unemployment rates are what they are. Inevitably, the discussion about workers’ readiness for real and beneficial work inevitably turns to the relationship between education and economic development. And although this relationship gets periodically debated, most of the developed and developing world has ... Read More »

Why graduation matters


It was a very strange and difficult week here in Boston last week. The bombings at the Boston Marathon, the ensuing anxiety of the search for the culprits, and the final, surreal climax that brought an entire metropolitan area to a standstill were like nothing we’ve ever experienced—and left us all feeling like something fundamental had changed in our lives. ... Read More »

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