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Q & A for Students Transitioning Over to New England College of Business

Background Information

What is the status of NGS?

There will be a change for NGS, occurring in the near future. After more than twenty-five years of operating as an independent institution of higher education, The National Graduate School of Quality Management (NGS), headquartered in Falmouth, Massachusetts, will become a division of New England College of Business (NECB) in Boston, Massachusetts. Projected in January, NGS will become a division of NECB. Both schools are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

How does this affect me as a student?

Students currently enrolled in NGS will see no disruption in their Quality Systems Management degree programs at the Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral levels. All educational and support services currently provided by NGS for its students will be provided by NECB. This plan is a good fit for both schools whose respective missions are similar.

Students currently enrolled can be assured that upon completion of their academic studies they will be awarded a degree from NECB with the Quality Systems Management specialization.

NECB will be offering the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Quality Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Quality Systems Management
  • Doctor of Business Administration in Quality Systems Management

All courses taken and passed at NGS will be transferred to NECB.

Will the courses be taught on the same learning management system?

For students transferring from NGS, the curriculum will be offered through the Jenzabar Portal that you are now using. In early 2019, the curriculum will be offered through NECB’s learning management system, Canvas. You will be fully supported and guided through this transition process when it occurs.


Enrollment

What do I need to do to stay a student in my degree program?

You will need to complete an Online Application for admission through the NECB Student Enrollment Portal. An NECB Admissions Representative will guide you through this process.

What are my options for transferring my credits and not continuing with NECB?

The transferability of credits is always up to the receiving institution. If you are looking to transfer to another institution and not continue with NECB, then you should look into that institution’s transfer credit policy and/or contact that institution’s Registrar office for more information.


Financial

Will my tuition remain the same?

Yes, tuition rates will not change for current students who remain continuously enrolled in their cohorts.

Will I receive a monthly bill from NECB?

You will be provided a tuition statement at the end of the Add/Drop period in which you can pay directly through the NECB Student Portal.

Will my payment terms remain the same?

You will be assigned a dedicated NECB Financial Planner who can assist you with your payment terms and any questions regarding your payment and tuition.

What methods of payment can I use to pay my bill?

You will be able to pay directly through the NECB Student Portal with a credit card if you are a cash-paying student.

If I have questions about my bill who and how do I contact at NECB?

Contact your assigned NECB Financial Planner who can fully support you and assist you with any questions as you work to complete your program.


Academics

How is my program affected?

Students currently enrolled in NGS will see no disruption in their Quality Systems Management degree programs at the Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral levels.

Will the academic calendar remain the same?

Yes, the academic calendar/cohort schedule will remain the same for the cohorts that are already in progress.

What will be the academic policies?

Once you complete your enrollment with New England College of Business, you will transition over to the NECB Academic Catalog and Student Handbook for policies and procedures.

Will the same faculty that is listed on the cohort schedule be teaching my courses?

Yes, it is anticipated at this time that the faculty assigned on the NGS academic calendar will serve as your faculty. Should any changes occur, the NECB Program Chair for Quality Systems Management, will notify you of such changes.

Will I earn the same degree and what will my transcript say?

Yes, the degree you were pursuing through the National Graduate School will remain the same when you transition over to New England College of Business and will be reflected appropriately on your transcript upon completion.

How do I obtain a transcript if I already graduated from NGS?

You will contact registrar@necb.edu to obtain your NGS transcript.

Will I have the same email address?

Once you complete your enrollment agreement with New England College of Business, you will be assigned an NECB email address. This email address will be used for logging on to the NECB Student Portal, accessing the NECB eLibrary via Canvas, and communicating with NECB staff. You will continue to use your current email logon to the Jenzabar Portal for your courses.

For DBA students, NGS used to confer degrees several times a year. Will this still occur?

Yes, NECB will have multiple conferral periods during the calendar year.

For DBA students, will my residency requirements change?

There will be no changes to your upcoming visit in January 2018; however, in February, it is TBD and information will be provided.


Student Services

Who will we be able to contact during the transition time?

You will be assigned a dedicated Advisor when you transition over to New England College of Business.


Resources

Will we still have access to the library?

All students transferring from NGS will have full access to the NECB Library. The NECB Library offers students a robust online library with over 70 databases such as ProQuest Central and EBSCO Business Source Complete providing more than 20,000 full-text journals and 150,000 ebooks.

The Online Library also provides students with 24/7 reference service, numerous live webinars taught monthly by the NECB Librarian on various research topics, APA resources such as EasyBib, and a federated search feature that gives students the ability to search over all the eLibrary databases with one search.

The NECB Librarian will host an eLibrary webinar specifically for NGS students in late January. He has also created an Overview of the eLibrary job aid and a program-specific job aid for Quality Systems Management to help you learn which databases have content related to your program of study.


Contact Information:

National Graduate School

BS Students with Questions - Dr. Patricia Murrin, pmurrin@ngs.edu
MS Students with Questions - Professor Jack Kovalcik, jkovalcik@ngs.edu
DBA Students with Questions - Greg Giardi, ggiardi@ngs.edu

New England College of Business

Caitrin Brisson, Dean of Students - caitrin.brisson@necb.edu

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