The Beat Goes On | City of Ideas

Posted 01/05/2017 by James Burnett, Director of Public Relations & Social Media, The Boston Foundation

No worries, though. I won't rehash everything they said. If you want that, here is the complete video of this morning's forum, including the panel discussion with these presenters, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley, and Anthony Benoit, President of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

I will tell you that as each educator shared hopeful statistics from dramatically increased retention and graduation rates, especially among the most challenged students, to improved hiring rates for recent graduates, there was a common denominator: All of them said their success was rooted in collaborative teaching and learning models. Bunker Hill works with Roxbury to bring joint lessons to their students. Both campuses work with UMass Boston to ensure that students who want certain four-year degrees - nursing, for example - can transition smoothly to the university. BFIT works with area employers so that students can get practical "real world" lessons in the subjects they're studying.

Again, watch the video if you want a full grasp of these unique collaborative efforts. But when you do, go with an open mind, remembering that "stronger together" is more than a campaign slogan. Greater Boston's colleges are proving it as a modern day team of rivals.


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