In combination with new facilities, the plan’s approach to experiential learning would help distinguish Northeastern students among a growing pool of career-seeking college students, Bean said.
“[The plan] is part of our promise to graduate robot-proof students,” he said, adding that Northeastern wanted its graduates to have highly specialized skills in a world of increased automation.
Bean also said that Northeastern 2025 includes a new form of experiential learning for students that could be customized and personalized by each student’s unique and individual Northeastern experiences. Details regarding that customization are still being planned, but Bean was optimistic about its impact.
“It’s going to be something that Northeastern is really going to be known for,” he said.
Moving forward, feedback from this event, the first town hall and a meeting with the Student Government Association Senate will be compiled and organized for the plan’s architects to consider when implementing the complex vision outlined by Northeastern 2025.
The long-term plan has just begun its implementation phase, and the specific mechanisms for action that the university will take are still largely to be determined. Some things like ensuring diversity in the university community still needs to be addressed, Canedy said.
“Without tangible institutions and investments in resources, hiring [and] broadening the scope of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, there is no way that diversity and inclusion can be ensured,” she said.
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