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Virginia State University

Virginia State University

Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. With a current student population of 5,300, the University sits atop a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River with expansive views of Petersburg. VSU offers 55 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and three certificates within five schools. They also offer a bachelor of individualized studies degree program, which is a non-traditional program designed primarily for working adults. As a cornerstone of their community, they pride themselves on their commitment to empowering people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. They are committed to building a better world through challenging academic programs, diverse student organizations and exciting extracurricular activities.

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis

Situated at the confluence of two great North American rivers - the Mississippi and the Missouri - the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward "Corps of Discovery" here in 1804. Today, the pioneers of St. Louis are the engineers, scientists, business leaders, educators, artists and other innovative and creative professionals who are working at the forefront of a multitude of fields and endeavors. Thanks in large part to Washington University, other regional universities and key Fortune 500 corporations, St. Louis has developed into a national hub for important research and business development, especially in the fields of biotechnology and plant science. Consistently ranked among the nation's most affordable and best places to live and raise families, the St. Louis region offers many opportunities to watch or participate in a wide range of sports, recreational activities and cultural events.

  • Anne Bracy
Waukesha County Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College is the leader in workforce development, preparing learners for success within the regional and global economy. WCTC provides accessible career and technical education to strengthen their community through life-long learning. The WCTC Business & IT Center of Excellence offers student's paths to careers that are as diverse as the options of employers. The need for highly skilled specialists in areas such as computer technologies, marketing and management, and general business is pervasive through all industries. WCTC attracts and retains diverse students with a range of talents and needs by offering services and educational opportunities focused on student learning. WCTC provides skilled, flexible, conscientious and employable graduates by maintaining high standards and offering a variety of courses within future-focused programs that prepare learners for the changing labor market. WCTC provides a dynamic learning and work environment that is inviting, safe and flexible.

  • Kim Ehlert
Wayne State University

Wayne State University

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan’s public universities. As an urban research university, our mission is to discover, examine, transmit and apply knowledge that contributes to the positive development and well-being of individuals, organizations and society. Wayne State University is a national research institution dedicated to preparing students to excel in an increasingly advanced and interconnected global society.

  • Monica Brockmeyer, Sally Roberts, Monika Witoslawski
Wellesley College

Wellesley College

Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years—women who are committed to making a difference. The CS department is made up of faculty with a range of research interests and a dedication to teaching undergraduates. They have developed a broad and complete curriculum that covers the "big ideas" of computer science from hardware to software and from application to theory. Their goal is not to teach students how to use current computer applications, but rather to educate them so that they understand how these applications work and can design and build the computer applications of the future.

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth Institute of Technology

With fifty colleges in fifty square miles, Boston has the highest concentration of students in the world, along with all the conveniences of a major metropolitan area. The city provides an ideal setting for learning and living, serving as an extended classroom for the beginning of lifelong education. As a modern hub for design, technology, construction, business, medicine, and engineering, Boston offers career and co-op opportunities that students just don't find elsewhere. At Wentworth, students enjoy the best of both worlds: small college comforts and big city excitement. Boston provides Wentworth with an expanded learning laboratory. Engineering and construction students engage with the city's sophisticated culture of technology and its infrastructure. The campus is only steps away from one of the world's most important medical research centers, the Longwood Medical Area. At Wentworth, students will be encouraged to learn from all Boston has to offer.

  • Karina Assiter

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. About 2,900 undergraduates—and some 200 graduate students—from around the world pursue their classroom studies, research projects, and co-curricular interests in ways that are demanding and intensely rewarding. Here, on a beautiful campus overlooking the Connecticut River, students learn to do productive and innovative work that makes a positive difference in the world—that’s what Wesleyan is about. Wesleyan University is dedicated to providing an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit.

West Texas A&M University

Guided by its pioneering spirit, West Texas A&M University will be recognized for its excellence in teaching and learning, with a strong focus on engaging students in challenging and meaningful experiences that aid in their intellectual and personal development. WTAMU alumni will be scholar-leaders empowered to advance their chosen field, to impact their communities, and to pursue excellence.
The mission of the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering is to provide excellence in teaching, research, and professional service in the major areas we serve and, ultimately, to prepare students for employment by providing them with a skill set that will make them successful now and into the future, regardless of their chosen path.

Western Michigan University

The Department of Computer Science has as its primary mission the advancement of the field of computer science through teaching, research, and service. The Department recognizes the ongoing importance of computer and information technology and the need for developing professional researchers and practitioners in computer science. To remain recognized and actively engaged in its mission, the Department offers high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs, produces graduates who are professional and prepared to be productive in the field, promotes a high standard of ethics among its graduates, conducts research in the field of computer science, participates in developing computer literacy among students at the University, encourages collaborative research with other disciplines within the University, seeks to develop mutually beneficial relationships with business and industry.

Western New England University

Western New England University

Western New England University, a comprehensive private institution with a tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship and a commitment to service, awards undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in various departments from among their Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and School of Law. One of only a few U.S. comprehensive institutions enrolling under 5,000 students recognized with national and international accreditations at the highest levels in law, business, engineering, and social work, they serve students predominantly from the northeastern U.S., but enroll students from across the country and around the world. The vast majority of undergraduate students reside on campus. Their 215-acre campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, is remarkable for its beauty, security, and meticulous upkeep.

  • Heidi J. C. Ellis

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