Wikipedia describes Nova Southeastern University (NSU) as a private nonprofit university, with a main campus located on 300 acres (120 ha) in Davie, in the US state of Florida. These rankings placed NSU on approximately the same tier as the University of Missouri state school in my city.
Some courses specified the programming language, when it was required by the course content.
All classes emphasized reading computer science literature.
I also wanted to learn more about the academic research and publication process.
I thought it would be really neat to contribute back to the same sources (journals and conferences) that I had learned from as I implemented Encog and learned new data science techniques.