President Aoun talks with a group of students

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President Aoun Reflects on Mayor Menino

Today, Boston lost a great leader, higher education lost a great champion, and I lost a mentor. Mayor Menino not only welcomed my family and me to Boston, he taught me firsthand about the power of partnerships and the value of being close to the people you represent.

I will miss his wise counsel and the way he related to all people. He will always be the people's mayor and the legacy of his accomplishments will endure forever.

The Global Eduplex

With no casino in its future, Suffolk Downs, the money-losing 80 year-old racetrack, is likely shutting down. This marks the start of a new chapter for the 160-acre swath of land that straddles Boston and Revere. Ideas asked a number of local thinkers, including Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun, to suggest what a smart, long-term vision for the land might look like.

Beyond the limits of traditional learning

Teaching and learning innovations could help resolve the challenges facing higher education, says Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun in an op-ed for Times Higher Education.

Let's Get Engaged

In an op-ed in Real Clear Education, President Joseph E. Aoun notes a new Gallup-Purdue University report indicating that most college graduates in the U.S. aren't "engaged" in their employment. The report suggests institutions consider integrating classroom learning with real-world experience - which President Aoun explains is the backbone of Northeastern's signature co-op model.

Rating (and Berating) the Ratings

Inside Higher Ed reported on President Aoun's response to the Obama administration's proposed rating system, in which he urged a focus on post-graduation success and stressed the importance of developing a sophisticated method to evaluate success. President Aoun emphasized that outcome measures must be broadened beyond graduation rates to consider how colleges are preparing students for long-term career success.