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Lasell College Announces Collaboration with Google

October 17, 2018

Lasell College today announced a new partnership with Google offering computer and data science courses to its more than 1,600 undergraduate students. Lasell is one of only 10 schools nationwide-and the only college in Greater Boston-collaborating with Google on these pilot courses. 

Google is developing a robust curriculum in partnership with highly-regarded computer science experts. The Google instructional team creates the centralized content and in-class projects; the courses are then delivered by Lasell faculty in STEM-adjacent fields. Students participating in the Applied Computing Series will:

  • Gain exposure to computer and data science and develop skills that can be applied to their own majors.
  • Immerse themselves in a project-based curriculum to help reinforce the computer and data science principles they're learning.
  • Explore and understand the tech industry's working environments, challenges and nuances.

Course curriculum is distributed via a "flipped classroom" model of instruction, where students review, study and practice material outside of the classroom before returning to the classroom setting to work on team projects coached by Lasell faculty who help bring concepts to life.

According to Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander, this new collaboration expands on the school's longtime commitment to providing every student with real world, professional-level experiences.

"Our exciting new partnership with Google reflects Lasell's integrated approach which gives our students access to industry leaders as well as state-of-the-art tools and technologies that will contribute to their success as they establish their careers," said Alexander.

"This partnership reinforces our connected learning approach of merging traditional educational methodologies with opportunities for active learning through internships, service initiatives, and challenging projects, both inside and outside the classroom."

Students completing the two-course sequence as well as statistics are eligible for Google's new, ten-week summer Applied Machine Learning Intensive, which will be available at Mills College, Agnes Scott College, Bay Path University, Heidelberg University and Scripps College. This program will roll out in the spring of 2019 and successful applicants will attend tuition-free, courtesy of Google.

The program's overarching goal is to teach students the fundamentals of computer and data science, while giving them professional level experience as they apply and practice those concepts through creative work. By aligning with colleges and universities like Lasell, Google hopes to develop an ecosystem in which each institution can bring what it does best to the collaboration, with Google creating cutting edge, industry-relevant content and projects, and participating schools providing experienced faculty and the best learning environment possible for their students.

Lasell was chosen for this pilot program, in part, because it has successfully implemented new programs combining innovative teaching methods and learning styles.

"Along with Google, we are steadfast in our efforts to develop and launch new, economical approaches to reaching and serving more students," said Alexander.

"The Applied Computing Series is a terrific example of a timely and cost-efficient program that will benefit our students throughout their academic and professional careers."

To learn more about the Applied Computing Series, click here.