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Last year was one of tremendous growth at Becker and it has motivated us all to push for 2017 to be even more fruitful for the College and the students we educate. The College is poised to continue its trajectory to new heights.
The Class of 2016 was our largest ever graduating class. These students accomplished impressive feats during their time on campus and have set a high standard for the upcoming 2017 graduates, who are now entering their final semester at Becker.
As we begin 2017, we enter a year that is emblematic of the rapid change reshaping our world. Economics, politics, and society are all undergoing major transformations which means there has never been a better time to focus on empathy, divergent thinking, social and emotional intelligence, and an entrepreneurial outlook – the key tenets of the Agile Mindset. I recently gave an interview on the Agile Mindset and I invite you to take a look and see how Becker is leading the way in futureproofing students and established professionals. The Agile Mindset has always been about preparing for the future, but as we flip pages on our calendars, we must realize that the future is now and we must adapt in order to thrive.
In early 2017, I will hold Campus Conversations to speak, and to listen, about how we as an institution can find pathways to imbue all our actions with an Agile Mindset. The new year looks to be one of profound transformation and we must meet this challenge with purpose, whether it is within our personal, academic, or professional lives. We will accomplish these feats by navigating disruption and finding opportunities to create new value and have social impact. By rising to the challenge, we will all grow in the new year.
Becker College is Flourishing
Fall 2016 represents six consecutive years of enrollment growth. We had the largest enrollment in the College’s 232-year history—2,189 students from across the nation and around the globe. As we prepare students for the world of the future—for jobs that do not yet exist and to solve problems we have yet to identify—we continue our work of cultivating adaptive learners with Agile Mindsets to succeed in a future that will be profoundly different from the past.
2016 also saw Becker selected for the fifth consecutive year as a “Best College” for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. Our game design program was ranked #5 in the world by The Princeton Review and has been top-ranked now for the seventh consecutive year—the only institution on the East Coast to maintain this longstanding distinction. I am pleased to announce that in May we graduated our first student from the first-in-the-nation Global Citizenship baccalaureate program. We also launched a master’s program in mental health counseling, and our master of science in nursing (MSN) has begun enrolling students. Our newly revitalized business program is focusing on educating future entrepreneurs and industry disruptors. We are also one of only a few institutions that offer on-campus teaching clinics to provide real-world, hands-on experience for our students, including a crime scene lab, health sciences SIM lab, and an animal clinic and mental health counseling clinic serving the public.
In fall 2017, we plan to open the Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Leadership. This Center serves as a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, learning agility, leadership, and problem-solving to educate the next generation of students. Towards this end, the Center will house a number of new initiatives including the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute’s (MassDiGI) New Ventures Center (NVC) and the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College (YSBC @ BC).
We are proud of our transformational growth—and equally proud of the dedication of our students, faculty, and staff to making a difference in the lives of others—from our local neighbors to communities around the world. I encourage you to learn more about Becker, visit our campus, talk to our faculty, and discover for yourself why Becker is considered among the best institutions of higher education.
Read more about Becker in the 2016 President’s Report, “Progress to Powerful Possibilities.” Our achievements show the unity of our community, and our strong belief in the value of delivering to the world highly educated, responsible, global citizens.
Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.
President, Becker College