Northeastern’s fac­ulty mem­bers are crit­ical players in advancing the University’s pur­suit of aca­d­emic inno­va­tions that offer stu­dents increased chal­lenge and explo­ration, Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun told the Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday.

Speaking in Raytheon Amphithe­atre at the Senate’s bimonthly meeting, the pres­i­dent said that the Uni­ver­sity will accel­erate its strong momentum by making quality a “non­nego­tiable” value. North­eastern will con­tinue to pro­vide stu­dents with a trans­for­ma­tive edu­ca­tion anchored in co-​​op, he said, and take advan­tage of oppor­tu­ni­ties that the economy is offering, such as in the sus­tained recruit­ment of out­standing faculty.

Aoun under­scored that at the heart of this mis­sion are the tal­ented teachers and scholars who form the back­bone of the Uni­ver­sity, and he urged fac­ulty mem­bers, deans and depart­ment heads to play a greater role in shaping the cur­riculum of the future. “It’s in your hands,” Aoun said.

The pres­i­dent noted that the hybrid man­age­ment system being imple­mented by North­eastern empowers schools and col­leges to assume increased own­er­ship of the aca­d­emic enter­prise, cre­ating greater oppor­tu­nity for the fac­ulty to develop pro­gram­matic and cur­ric­ular innovations.

In answer to a ques­tion about how the Uni­ver­sity is moving to add greater chal­lenge to aca­d­e­mics and ele­vate the intel­lec­tual tone of the campus, the pres­i­dent noted the con­tin­uing estab­lish­ment of inno­v­a­tive new pro­grams of study. “It is you! I encourage you to keep pushing it in that direc­tion,” he said.

He stressed that main­taining the upward tra­jec­tory in the quality of incoming stu­dents and fac­ulty mem­bers is an essen­tial pri­ority for North­eastern. Pro­viding stu­dents with more attrac­tive and flex­ible pro­gram opportunities—in global and research expe­ri­ences, in time-​​to-​​degree options, and in “plus-​​one” master’s pro­grams, and others—is cru­cial to meeting the goal, and fac­ulty are a crit­ical part of that solu­tion, he said.

The beauty is that we work at a place that is all about ideas,” he added. “We want ideas to flow from depart­ment chairs, the col­leges, and the deans. We want to have more great ideas than we can pos­sibly imple­ment. Then we need to work together in taking these ideas and making them happen.”