Posts Tagged: Shoshana Akins

Game Over? Degree Programs in Video Game Design Growing Across U.S.

The number of U.S. colleges and art and trade schools offering degree programs in video game design will reach 300 nationally this fall—a nearly 20% increase in degrees offered in the field over last academic year, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).Twenty of the programs are offered at New England colleges.Vermont's Champlain College, an early pioneer in the field, ...

BFIT Sees Green in NSF Grant for Alternative Fuel Vehicle, Sustainable Automotive Programs

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) was awarded a grant of more than $360,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to introduce new two-year programs in Alternative Fuel Vehicle Operations and Maintenance and a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Automotive Business Practices.The programs aim to train and retrain technicians for hybrid vehicles, making BFIT the only provider ...

Presidents Setting Precedent for Haiti Reconstruction

After the January 2010 earthquake that shook Haiti, President Barack Obama asked former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead a fundraising effort to assist the Haitian people. Their response, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF), helps people and small and medium-sized enterprises in Haiti access the formal business sector and promotes job creation, especially jobs with a direct so...

Bunker Hill Serves as Beacon Still: Latest Project for Largest Mass. Community College Is in a Project

Bunker Hill Community College received a $23,000 grant from the housing authority in nearby Somerville to support development of a learning community within the Boston suburb's Mystic housing project.Known as SomerPromise, the learning community will kick off this fall, providing about 25 students who are residents of the project in nearby Somerville with faculty/staff and peer support for their ...

RI, Mass. Among Finalists in Signature Ed Reform Initiative

The U.S. Department of Education named Massachusetts and Rhode Island among 19 finalists in the national Race to the Top competition.The competition rewards states that adopt standards and assessments to prepare students for college and career success, build data systems that measure  success, recruit effective teachers and principals and "turn around" low-achieving schools. In the first rou...

Brandeis, UConn Among NE Campuses Making Prez Moves

Brandeis University trustees named George Washington University Law School dean Frederick M. Lawrence to succeed Jehuda Reinharz as Brandeis president, beginning after Jan. 1, 2011. Lawrence became dean of the GWU Law School in 2005, after nearly two decades teaching at the Boston University School of Law.University of Connecticut trustees appointed Philip E. Austin to serve as interim president...

SHEEO Conference in Providence to Feature Martha Kanter, Higher Ed Leaders

Martha Kanter, under secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, and dozens of higher education leaders will speak at the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) annual conference to be held at The Westin Providence in Providence, R.I., from Tuesday, Aug. 10 through Friday, August 13. Speakers will include: Spencer Foundation President Michael S. McPherson; Complete College America...

Biotech Firms Still Brewing Work in Cambridge, Mass.

Cambridge, Mass., dominates the list of biotechnology firms with the most employees in New England—accounting for seven of the top 10 providers of biotech jobs in the region, reports the specialty newspaper Mass High Tech.With  12,000 total employees, Genzyme Corp. employed nearly 5,000 in New England and recently announced 502 job openings in Massachusetts. The second largest employer...

MCPHS Announces Expansion in Worcester, Mass.

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services announced it will buy the property of the former Crowne Plaza Hotel in Worcester, Mass., to meet the demands of increasing enrollment and new undergraduate and graduate programs.Like the college's other recent projects in Worcester, the former hotel site at 10 Lincoln Square will be converted into academic and student space. As the Worcest...

Higher Ed Continues to Outpace Biz in Use of Social Media

Colleges and universities outpaced both the Fortune 500 and the Inc. 500 in adoption of social media in each of the past three years, according to a study by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research.More than half of colleges and universities have blogs, compared with 22% of Fortune 500 and 42% of Inc. 500 fast-growing companies, according to the center's study.This...