In com­ments at Wednesday’s Fac­ulty Senate meeting, Provost Stephen Director reit­er­ated Pres­i­dent Joseph Aoun’s recent com­ments that North­eastern should pro­vide more options and flex­i­bility for stu­dents, such as the recently announced four-​​year co-​​op option.

In December, the uni­ver­sity announced plans to expand its renowned co-​​op pro­gram by adding a four-​​year, two co-​​op option to the tra­di­tional five-​​year option that typ­i­cally includes three co-​​op periods. The four-​​year option will help meet a growing demand from stu­dents who want all the pow­erful ben­e­fits of the co-​​op expe­ri­ence while fin­ishing their bachelor’s pro­gram in four years.

We recently announced the four-​​year, two co-​​op option which will expand our sig­na­ture aca­d­emic strength: Co-​​op and expe­ri­en­tial learning,” said Aoun in a com­mu­ni­ca­tion last week to fac­ulty and staff. “For some stu­dents, the five-​​year pro­gram will remain the best choice, and we will con­tinue to offer this option.”

Stu­dents want flex­i­bility and choice,” Director said Wednesday. “We are not replacing the five-​​year pro­gram, but pro­viding another alter­na­tive to make co-​​op acces­sible to a wider range of stu­dents who want to come to North­eastern.” Director added that the five-​​year pro­gram will remain an option.

The uni­ver­sity is intro­ducing the four-​​year option as it marks the cen­ten­nial anniver­sary of co-​​op. “This is a sig­nif­i­cant invest­ment we’re making in co-op’s next 100 years,” Director added.

Stu­dents choosing the four-​​year option will par­tic­i­pate in a broad range of expe­ri­en­tial learning pro­grams around the world, col­lab­o­rate on research with fac­ulty, and tap into the same faculty-​​guided process, advising and prepara­tory resources avail­able to those choosing the five-​​year option.

As a point of con­text, Director noted that nearly half of the stu­dents in the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences have been grad­u­ating in four years with one, two and three co-​​ops — all of which will remain options.

David Luzzi, dean of the Col­lege of Engi­neering, men­tioned recent sur­veys of admitted stu­dents that show a strong interest in flex­i­bility to com­plete a bachelor’s degree in four years with the ben­e­fits of co-​​op.

For addi­tional infor­ma­tion about the four-​​year option, read:

North­eastern to expand co-​​op through four-​​year option

Fre­quently Asked Ques­tion on the four-​​year option

New issue of the North­eastern Mag­a­zine on the future of co-​​op