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Beyond the traditional boundaries of place

The American system of higher education is going to change dramatically in the 21st century. Our existing college campuses are based on a model that we imported from England in the 17th century. This model cannot meet the full demands of contemporary society. We need to develop truly modern campuses—regional platforms for graduate education and collaborations between higher education and industry.

Northeastern University opened its first graduate campus in Charlotte, N.C., in October 2011. The second, in Seattle, opened for the start of classes in January 2013.

Academic offerings to meet the needs of industry

A broad range of Northeastern’s degree programs—including those in business, engineering, health sciences, and computer science—will be offered, tailored to the demands of the local economy. Existing Northeastern faculty members will teach the courses based on a “hybrid delivery” model integrating online and classroom learning.

Engaged with the world

Northeastern’s leadership in experiential learning—the integration of classroom study with professional experience—provides a strong foundation for the university’s expansion to new regions. Northeastern has relationships with more than 2,500 employers, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs.

Although undergraduate education will not be offered at the regional campuses, the sites will still strengthen Northeastern’s undergraduate program. The graduate campuses will deepen relationships with current co-op employers and help to develop relationships with new employers. The sites will also serve as a local resource for undergraduates on co-op placements in a selected region.