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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 Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) 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 Enrollment Agreement through the NECB Student Enrollment Portal. An NECB Admissions Representative will guide you through this process.

To be added to the list of transitioning students, please contact John Alonso at jalonso@ngs.edu.

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.

Registrar and Financial Aid Related Questions

How is my financial aid affected?

The New England College of Business Financial Aid Office administers Federal Title IV aid programs. These programs include the Federal Pell Grant Program, the Federal Stafford Loan Programs, and the Federal PLUS Loan program. You will be assigned a dedicated Financial Planner to assist you with any questions as you complete your program. NECB will also be able to assist you with military benefits.

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.

How does this affect graduates of NGS?

Graduates will not be affected. The difference is that NECB will house your transcripts and can be requested through them.

Do we need to transfer credits?

Once you complete the necessary paperwork with NECB, your records and files will transfer over automatically.

Do we need to re-order transcripts from other colleges to NECB?

No, as long as your transcripts are on file with NGS, you will not need to request another copy.

Does everything you mentioned about the new degree issue from NECB apply to those of us who finish the program next month?

The cohorts that are ending in January 2018 will have their degrees conferred and diplomas issued through NGS.

There is a residency requirement that military members meet a certain amount of hours, how will military members meet this requirement and still receive the educational benefits?

Details will be forthcoming from NECB in relation to future residency sessions.

For those of us who finish next month: Can we choose to have our degree conferred by NECB if we’d like?

Those cohorts that finish in January 2018 will have their degrees conferred by NGS as you will finish the entire program as a student of NGS.

Will there be changes to Financial Aid when we change over?

You will be assigned a financial advisor when you transfer over to NECB and they will instruct you on what steps, if any, you may need to take.

If students decide to transfer to another school as a result of this change will all transcripts be provided at no charge to the student?

If a student decides to transfer as a result of the merger, transcripts fees will be waived.

For those students working with their employers to arrange tuition assistance, be it reimbursement or promissory notes, do they need to start listing NECB as the school in which they are enrolling?

You will be assigned a financial advisor when you transfer over to NECB and they will instruct you on what steps, if any, you may need to take.

Will Post 9/11 GI Bill students have to contact the VA to transfer benefits?

They will have to fill out a change of program form.

Which institution should students use for FAFSA?  

You will be assigned a financial advisor when you transfer over to NECB and they will instruct you on what steps, if any, you may need to take.

If we have received a degree from NGS within the past year, do we have an option to get it replaced with NECB degree?

Those students that finish as NGS students will have their diplomas conferred and will remain as NGS degrees.

During the transition period…..should tuition payments be made to NGS or NECB?

Upon your transfer, your financial planner will be able to assist you with your payment questions.

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, Dr. Janine Jacques, 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.

DBA Related Questions

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.

Whom do I contact for a DBA chair candidate?

Please contact NGS Academic Affairs about your DBA Chair

When will the Arlington office close?

Residencies and enrichment sessions for January will be running at the Arlington Office until the end of January.

Will residencies and other meetings be held in Boston?

NECB will be contacting DBA students on future residencies.

For students who have taken a break, will they be able to rejoin the DBA program w/out any changes?

Academic policies will be followed and DBA students can apply to rejoin a cohort/program.

Will the degree title be the same such as DBA in Business Admin?

Yes, the degree title will be the same.

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.

General Questions

When will NECB be licensed to confer degrees?

NECB can answer this question at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

Will there be a change in professors?

All currently running programs will be taught by the same instructors.

Will this affect receiving Lean Six Sigma Belts in conjunction with the MS and BSc Programs?

BSc students will still earn the LSS Green Belt and MS students will still earn the LSS Black belt for the existing cohorts.

What about new admission students that are in the process of enrolling for January?

The admissions process currently in place will not change for new January students.

For continuing education, will those of us who wished to continue onto a Master’s program still have that option in the future and still get a LSS Black Belt?

NECB plans on continuing with linking the belts to the degree program.

Where will graduation take place?

NECB can answer this question at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

Will students receive a new email?

At the time you complete your online enrollment, you will be assigned an NECB email.

Will NECB pursue AACSB accreditation?

There are no immediate plans to pursue any programmatic accreditation at this time. NECB can elaborate more on this at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

Does NECB have special program accreditation such as IACBE for its business programs?

NECB does not hold programmatic accreditation at this time. NECB can answer this question more at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

Will access to online databases continue?

Yes, you will have access to the NECB databases.

How long can students continue using NGS email address?

You will have access to the NGS email address for a year.

Will NECB keep GEMBA Academy as a resource?

Yes, Gemba Academy is being continued for students and faculty.

How many full time staff does NECB have?

NECB can answer this question at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

Will students receive a student ID?

NECB can answer this question at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

Does NECB have an online writing center or provide online tutoring?

Yes, NECB can elaborate on these student services at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

Will each student receive a contract detailing the specifics of what NGS and NECB are promising its students?

There are no specific or individual contracts for students. NGS and NECB guarantees that there will be no changes to current NGS students’ programs, completion dates, faculty, and tuition and benefits. To learn about NECB policies and students’ rights, please refer to the NECB College Catalog/Student Handbook located on the NECB website.

Does NECB use Blackboard?

No, NECB uses Canvas as the student learning platform. Current NGS students that transition to NECB will still be using the Jenzabar learning platform to complete their QSM program.

Do students receive Grammarly access for free at NECB?

NECB can answer this question at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

Will faculty have NECB IDs?

NECB can answer this question at the January 8, 2018 Faculty webinar.

When will we see updates to the NECB website on the NGS merger?

NECB can answer this question at the December 28, 2017 webinar.

How will international students be affected?

International students that are currently enrolled will not be affected in any way.

Can you let us know the next step?

If you wish to continue with your program of study, please email John Alonso, NGS Director of Enrollment, at jalonso@ngs.edu to request to be added to the Student Transition list. Representatives for NECB will be in contact with the students on the transition list to go over the NECB online enrollment.

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

Student Webinar Information

December 28, 2017     All Student Webinar with NECB 7:00-7:30 p.m. EST

Login information will be sent to students from NECB.