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December 21, 2014

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Smiling may hinder outcome of interviews -

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DoE launches Title IX investigation at Northeastern -

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Social Impact Council to begin meeting in January -

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Student groups hope to redefine sexual assault -

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dukakis addresses NUCD and midterm election results -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week brings business minded students together across fields -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aoun and students address state of university -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dodgeball tournament to raise money for Ebola and Doctors Without Borders -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Richard Saul Wurman recieves Bradford Washburn Award -

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Carrying the Weight Together movement comes to Northeastern -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Northeastern alumni sweep midterm elections -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CAMD launches search for new dean -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vespignani tracks global spread of ebola epidemic -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SGA and NUPD plan to expand shuttle services -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nor’easters welcome 2014 season, hope to reclaim ICCA title -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ryder Hall to host new state-of-the-art practice room -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Budget priorities survey to be released next week -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jason Lee takes 3-D printing to an edible level -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Editorial: IDEA redefines experiential education

Everyone who has ever had anything to do with Northeastern knows the university specializes in “experiential education.” It’s a buzz phrase that administrators and faculty alike have never been shy to throw out in support of their institution. This week, the phrase took greater shape.
On Monday, IDEA, Northeastern’s new venture accelerator, officially launched its first six startups. IDEA is funded by alumni, in the form of $10,000 grants to each startup. The money, of course, is only granted after the startups’ business plans have been thoroughly reviewed – and approved – by student managers and alumni.

The point of experiential education is to teach students anything and everything that can’t be taught in a classroom. In this sense, IDEA is the epitome of experiential education. ­It allows students to take a stab at – and perhaps fail at – entrepreneurship. It’s because of this almost certain failure, however, that IDEA will teach a lesson no other program at Northeastern can offer. People learn best from their mistakes, and a program like IDEA is one of the few places students can take away such valuable lessons in a relatively risk-free environment.

If a student fails a class, he or she will learn from the experience but will also suffer a deflated GPA. If an unfortunate student is fired from co-op, he or she will have learned what not to do in the real world, but will most likely have isolated a potential golden reference for future job searches, and left a black mark on his or her resume.

If a student fails as an entrepreneur, however, he or she has learned the ropes to entrepreneurship in a way that can’t be taught in the classroom. The alumni making the donations don’t get a return on their investment whether the startup succeeds or fails, so while many of the students behind these startups may hope they will be the next Mark Zuckerberg, no one should lose any sleep if they aren’t.

Furthermore, with startups ranging from Akrivis Technologies, which seeks to improve “early detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases,” to Tuatara Corp., which is seeking to become “the first Digital Learning [sic] platform designed to leverage the shift from paper textbooks to eTextbooks in order to focus on the unique learning style of end-users,” the young entrepreneurs behind the IDEA startups are tackling the big issues of the day.

Among all the co-op success stories and life-changing experiences to be had on any one of Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations programs, IDEA has the potential to be the crown jewel of Northeastern’s experiential education opportunities.

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