Defining our Essence
All great universities have a distinctive character. For private research universities like Northeastern, the importance of articulating a distinctive shared purpose may never have been greater than it is in the current environment.
What is the essence of Northeastern—the distinctive core beliefs and values that orient the university in the midst of change?
Drivers of Change
The environment surrounding higher education is changing rapidly. Technology is re-shaping the future of work, as well as modes of delivering education. Our students are graduating into the "gig economy," in which millennials are holding jobs for an average of 2.6 years. Concern about the affordability and effectiveness of higher education is widespread.
What do you think will be the most powerful forces for change in higher education in the next ten years?