Faculty Senate supports New Innovation Graduate Degree

Hugh Courtney, dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, speaks at Wednesday's Faculty Senate meeting in the Raytheon Amphitheater. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

The Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday passed a res­o­lu­tion in favor of estab­lishing a new Master of Sci­ence in Inno­va­tion degree in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness. The degree pro­gram will now go before the North­eastern Board of Trustees for approval.

Hugh Courtney, dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness, said this pro­gram is geared toward working pro­fes­sionals with sci­ence, engi­neering, and tech­nology back­grounds who tend to lead or manage inno­va­tion teams in their organizations. 

“At its heart this is a very expe­ri­en­tial pro­gram that fits the way we want mas­ters stu­dents to have real word projects and real world work expe­ri­ence,” Courtney said. “We found it was time to operate a more focused MS degree plat­form for working pro­fes­sionals who might already have their MBA or plan on get­ting it at some other point.” 

Later, the Senate unan­i­mously passed a res­o­lu­tion in sup­port of estab­lishing a web­site that will “boast” about under­grad­u­ates’ research accom­plish­ments at the uni­ver­sity. It will also have infor­ma­tion on under­grad­uate research oppor­tu­ni­ties in each col­lege, funding resources, and co-​​op opportunities. 

Also on Wednesday, uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tors, fac­ulty, and mem­bers of the under­grad­uate stu­dent group Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine briefly addressed the Senate regarding SJP’s tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion for a series of vio­la­tions of uni­ver­sity policy over an extended period of time. 

An appeal of the sus­pen­sion is cur­rently under con­sid­er­a­tion by the Office of Stu­dent Affairs.