A Boston Sunday Globe editorial of Jan. 27 highlights Suffolk University's innovative approach to adapting to dramatic changes in higher education, including the University’s commitment to incorporating online and hybrid courses into the curriculum.
Under President James McCarthy's leadership, the University can serve as a role model for other institutions, the editorial states. It points to Suffolk’s new strategic plan, which focuses on educating students for careers and offering online classes as one way to keep tuition costs in check.
“Suffolk’s newly inaugurated president, James McCarthy, is moving away from an all-things-to-everyone approach. Instead, the university’s new strategic plan focuses on academic areas where the school has been strongest and those that lead most directly to careers. It also vows to use more online instruction, in part to keep tuition costs down,” the editorial states.
The Globe editorial points to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group that found students in online courses now make up a third of total college enrollment.
“Suffolk is wise to try to get ahead of the changes. Other institutions must consider how to follow suit,” it states.