January 13, 2018

The Quad [Jan. 13-20]: Four things to know from Clark, Becker, QCC and Anna Maria

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Kiplinger’s cites Clark’s quality, affordability on annual ‘best values’ list

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Clark University on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. This annual list ranks 100 private universities, 100 public schools and 100 liberal arts colleges. Clark appears at number 33 on the ranking of best values in private universities for 2018.

All of the schools in the 2018 lists provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. Kiplinger’s restricts its analysis to measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. The 300 ranked schools are chosen from a field of 1,200.

“Selecting a college and deciding how to pay for it have become high-stakes financial decisions,” writes Kaitlin Pitsker of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “Over the past 20 years, tuition, fees, and room and board, adjusted for inflation, have increased by 59 percent at private, nonprofit four-year colleges and by a whopping 82 percent for in-state students attending public four-year colleges, according to the College Board. … What hasn’t changed is Kiplinger’s definition of value: a high-quality education at an affordable price.”

Donald Honeman, Clark University dean of admissions and financial aid, said: “Our continued inclusion in the Kiplinger’s rankings reflects how effectively Clark has responded to the challenge of affordability while offering a higher education experience that ensures a strong return on families’ education investment. Clark offers a generous set of financial aid and scholarship options, an Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree program with the fifth year tuition-free for strong undergraduate students, and a remarkably affordable room and board program — an appealing combination for students and their families.”

Becker signs transfer agreement for QCC business, media grads

Becker College has entered into an articulation agreement with Quinsigamond Community College that will enable a smooth transfer of QCC graduates to Becker.

QCC’s Business Administration Associate in Science degree program will be accepted toward all concentrations of the Bachelor of Science in Business at Becker.

Similarly, the Interactive Media Design-Game Design Associate in Science degree at QCC can be applied toward Becker’s Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Design in the following concentrations: Game Development and Programming, Game Design, Game Production and Management, and Game Art.

“This a great new program that makes the transfer process seamless for QCC’s most talented graduates,” said Alan Ritacco, dean of the School of Design and Technology at Becker.  “It will allow students to focus on excelling in their studies and advancing their careers in the highly competitive fields of business administration and interactive media design.”

Participants of this program must meet Becker’s undergraduate studies criteria and matriculation requirements. To learn more about the program, visit: www.becker.edu.

Becker has been consistently ranked by The Princeton Review as a top undergraduate school for studying game design, and since 2016 has been ranked fifth in the world. U.S. News and World Report has called Becker “a destination for game designers.”

Becker to hold Interactive Media information session Jan. 25

Learn more about Becker College’s newly launched Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media degree. The School of Design and Technology will host a Q&A session for interested applicants on Jan. 25.

The 60-credit MFA program provides designers, programmers, artists and producers the opportunity to work within our innovative studio classrooms to develop fully realized projects. Students will graduate with an industry standard portfolio and will gain valuable team management skills as they take on leadership roles in our existing undergraduate Game and Live studios.

Meet the faculty and learn more about the program from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Boutin Student Center, Trustee’s Room, 44 West St., Worcester. Classes begin in the fall. To learn more about Becker’s Interactive Media MFA, visit: www.becker.edu.

Anna Maria to hold MSW information sessions

Anna Maria College’s Master of Social Work program will be hosting information sessions to help prospective students learn more about program opportunities in the MSW field. The information sessions include opportunities to learn more about the MSW program along with admission financial aid.

All information sessions will be held in the Welcome Center in Foundress Hall beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21 and April 25. Light refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by clicking here.

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