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Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University

If you are an adult learner looking to finish what you started by completing your bachelor’s degree or going on to obtain your master's or doctorate, Metropolitan State University should be your choice! Founded in 1971, the university is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and is the only state university in the Twin Cities. With a strong tradition of individualized educational programs, we are fully committed to high-quality, affordable education for working adults. Faculty, staff and more than 11,000 full- and part-time students reflect the area’s rich diversity, provide a highly student-centered environment and demonstrate unwavering commitment to civic engagement. Look around our website. You’ll discover that Metropolitan State University is also exciting—and just the place for you to choose to launch you into a bright new future.

  • Brahma Dathan
Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College

Today, more than 174,000 students attend Miami Dade College, a state-supported college with eight campuses and numerous outreach centers. They are the largest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the most highly regarded colleges in the nation. Each of their campuses has its own distinct identity and specialties. But, they also offer a broad base of general education courses, allowing you to take first-year classes at any of our campuses (except the Medical Campus). That means you get to decide what campus you want to attend. Take all of your first-year classes at one campus, or follow the path of some of our working students and take morning classes near your home and evening and weekend classes near your place of work. As you begin to take more advanced courses, you may need to focus your studies at a specific campus where your program is offered.

  • Lennie Cooper

Miami University

Computer and Information TechnologyInformation Systems and Analytics

Miami University, a student-centered public university founded in 1809, has built its success through an unwavering commitment to liberal arts undergraduate education and the active engagement of its students in both curricular and co-curricular life. It is deeply committed to student success, builds great student and alumni loyalty, and empowers its students, faculty, and staff to become engaged citizens who use their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society.

 

  • Kris Ghosh,
  • Jeffrey Merhout,
  • Laurie Werner
Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways. Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research. We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs. The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

  • Daina Briedis,
  • Judith Cordes,
  • Alejandro Diaz,
  • Laura Dillon,
  • Timothy Grotjohn,
  • Andrew Kim,
  • Matt Mutka,
  • Teresa VanderSloot,
  • Elaine Yakura
Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University

For more than 125 years, Michigan Tech faculty have explored the boundaries of knowledge while teaching students to become citizens who contribute to the sustainability of our world. In 1885, the University was founded as the Michigan Mining School, specializing in training for mining engineers. During the period of 1887 to 1898, student and faculty numbers increased, and the School was moved to its present location. By the time the institution became officially known as Michigan Technological University in 1964, several programs had been added to the curriculum: chemical, electrical, civil, mechanical, and geological engineering. Under the leadership of J. Robert Van Pelt, from 1956 to 1964, the University's long-dormant PhD programs were revived and an aggressive research initiative began. Between 1964 and present time, the University has grown into a leading public research university and a key educational partner within the state of Michigan, the nation, and beyond.

  • Mari Buche,
  • Linda Ott,
  • Bruce Seely
Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research collaborates openly with colleges and universities worldwide to broadly advance the field of computer science. Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing technologies. Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Researchers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and collaborate with leading academic, government and industry researchers to advance the state of the art. Microsoft Research has expanded over the years to thirteen labs worldwide and a number of collaborative projects that bring together the best minds in computer science to advance a research agenda based on their unique talents and interests.

  • Rane Johnson-Stempson,
  • Marina Shabin,
  • Krysta Svore,
  • Roy Zimmermann

Middlebury College

Computers and algorithmic problem solving have revolutionized the 20th and 21st centuries.

Fields ranging from physics, chemistry, and biology to psychology, economics, and the arts not only increasingly utilize computational devices, but are also being transformed by computational thinking and algorithmic problem solving.

Computer science has been, and will continue to be, behind many of these advances. It is a rich and dynamic discipline that incorporates elements of mathematics, natural science, engineering, and philosophy, while simultaneously contributing back to all of these fields.

Pursuing a major or minor in computer science will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in these exciting advances, and to be not only an observer, but a player in this "digital age."

  • Amy Briggs,
  • Ananya Christman

Milwaukee Area Technical College

MATC is a premier, comprehensive technical college that provides excellence in education to enrich, empower and transform lives in our community.

As a public, two-year comprehensive technical college, MATC offers quality educational and training opportunities and services to its diverse, metropolitan community by collaborating with partners to advance the lives of its students. 

  • Mercedes Fisher

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

MCTC's vision is to be an institution that transforms the community by educating students who are globally aware, engaged citizens, skillful at their work and lifelong learners.

The college mission is to make individual dreams achievable by providing access to learning opportunities that prepare students to live and work in a democratic society within a global community. The college fulfills this mission through:

  • General education
  • Liberal education
  • Technical education
  • Baccalaureate transfer education
  • Workforce development
  • Developmental education
  • English language learning
  • Continuing education
  • Clara James
Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is a public, land-grant university whose mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state's diverse population, as well as from other states and countries, and to offer excellent programs of teaching, research, and service. Enhancing its historic strengths in agriculture, natural resources, engineering, mathematics, and natural and physical sciences, Mississippi State offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs; these include architecture, the fine arts, business, education, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and veterinary medicine. The university embraces its role as a major contributor to the economic development of the state through targeted research and the transfer of ideas and technology to the public, supported by faculty and staff relationships with industry, community organizations, and government entities. Mississippi State is committed to its tradition of instilling among its students and alumni ideals of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service.

  • David Dampier,
  • Lisa Henderson,
  • Sarah Lee,
  • Donna Reese,
  • Tommy Stevenson

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