Education ‘stakes have never been higher’

Under Sec­re­tary of Edu­ca­tion Ted Mitchell deliv­ered his final speech as a senior member of the Obama admin­is­tra­tion on Thursday morning at North­eastern, saying that inno­va­tion in higher edu­ca­tion is crit­ical to the suc­cess of the nation’s democ­racy. “Our col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties must strive each day to embody the highest aspi­ra­tions of this country,” he noted.

Five simple career tips for job-​​hunting seniors

The spring semester is less than one week old, but scores of seniors have already begun looking for their first full-​​time jobs after grad­u­a­tion. Here, Mary Sul­livan, asso­ciate director of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Career Devel­op­ment, offers up some tips to the enthu­si­astic jobseekers.

What President Obama’s legacy will look like

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address this evening in Chicago. We asked four North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers to reflect on how Obama will be remem­bered, with a par­tic­ular focus on his impact on health­care, human rights, and Amer­ican culture.

Alumni behind former IDEA venture receive $19M to take business to next level

Ben Anderson and Yin Wang, the co-​​founders of Amino, a mobile-​​based social ser­vice aimed at con­necting users with niche inter­ests, won’t rest until their product is in the hands of every single smartphone-​​wielding cus­tomer in the world. With the help of $19 mil­lion in recent funding, the startup just might achieve that goal.

What’s next for sports, politics, and TV in 2017?

In the second install­ment of our two-​​part series looking at some of the big sto­ries primed to make head­lines in the new year, North­eastern experts explain that Donald Trump will put “America first,” athlete-​​led social activism will heat up, and fran­chise reboots will take over your TV.

The stories that are likely to make headlines in 2017

In the first install­ment of our two-​​part series looking at some of the big sto­ries and bright ideas primed to make head­lines in the new year, fac­ulty experts explain that polit­i­cally moti­vated cyber­at­tacks will con­tinue, inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to cli­mate change are on the horizon, and bipar­tisan sup­port for health­care leg­is­la­tion is possible.

3Qs: Will universal basic income ever become an American reality?

Cities as far-​​flung as Oak­land, Cal­i­fornia, and Oulu, Fin­land, will soon be part of sep­a­rate basic income exper­i­ments. But a uni­versal basic income pro­gram is unlikely to become a reality in the U.S., says applied micro­eco­nomics expert Mindy Marks, who notes that such an ini­tia­tive would be too costly and poten­tially sub­ject to abuse.