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Grad School: Why Enroll and What to Watch Out For


Students share their experience Making the decision to pursue a graduate degree isn’t easy—nor should it be. The investment is as much emotional as it is financial and will affect the next two to three years of your life. “You need to make it work for you,” said Iona Tice, a Master of Public Administration candidate, on Saturday, March 14, ... Read More »

5 Reasons to Consider an Internship as Part of Your Degree

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As director of cooperative education at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, I work with students to help them secure internships at businesses, nonprofits and government organizations across the United States. I’ve seen firsthand some of the benefits of co-ops and internships, and I encourage all students to explore if an internship is right for them. Here are five reasons ... Read More »

3 Ways Higher Education Can Help You Change Careers


Previous generations went to work each day, assuming they would stay with their current employer for their entire career and then retire. Over the last few decades, there’s been a steady change in this dynamic; most employees no longer spend their careers at one employer or even in one sector. The workforce is currently more mobile, and people change positions more ... Read More »

5 In-Demand Careers in Geographic Information Technology


There has been an explosion of digital information: An incredible 90 percent of the data available in the world today has been created in the past two years. The growing number of ways that we can use Geographic Information Technology (GIT) to maximize this data has led the U.S. Department of Labor to predict that thousands of new GIT-related jobs will open up by ... Read More »

Graduation: 3 Ways to Turn a New Degree into a New Opportunity


To the new graduates, congratulations! Take a deep breath and relish your achievement. Enjoy your success. It’s a major accomplishment, and kudos to you from your family, friends and colleagues. Hopefully this isn’t the first time you’ve considered what’s coming after graduation. You chose a degree program based on the current outlook in your industry, you did the research to ... Read More »

Business vs. Higher Education: The Conundrum We Must Solve

If there was any question about the disengagement between business and higher education – and the critical need for better alignment – the poll, “Innovative Imperative: Enhancing the Talent Pipeline” recently released by Northeastern University confirms it. Employers must have the workforce necessary for continued growth and success and employees must have advancement and careers that are meaningful and financially ... Read More »

Learning Through Experience: A New Surge in Competency-Based Education

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What if students were judged more on their skills than time they spent in the classroom? Competency-based education seeks to do just that. Although the idea has been around for several decades, new research emphasizing the importance of experiential learning in classroom-based and online courses are causing people to revisit the idea that mastering skills are more important than how long ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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