November 2, 2011
Advancing a model of higher education that moves “beyond the traditional boundaries of place,” Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun announced that the university will launch a system of regional campuses in selected American cities. The first regional campus opened its doors on October 31st in Charlotte, NC.
The university is opening a 14,000 square foot facility at Independence Center at Trade and Tryon Streets in Uptown, according to a news release from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Charlotte was selected for the expansion because of the regional demand for graduate education and opportunities for research partnerships, according to the press release.
Eight graduate degrees will be offered with a doctoral program in education expected to be added next year.
The masters programs will be an MBA and Master of Science degrees in taxation, finance, leadership, sports leadership, health informatics, project management and education. Graduate degree programs in Charlotte will be based on a “hybrid delivery” model, which involves the integration of online and classroom learning taught by existing Northeastern faculty, according to the release.
“Northeastern University brings another strong brand to Charlotte,” said Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber President. “We appreciate the educational needs they will provide to our citizens and workforce. We also appreciate that Northeastern and other institutions of higher learning are providing a significant and growing number of jobs in our economy,” said in the release.
University leaders expect to open a second in Seattle, Washington next year and are actively evaluating opportunities in other cities throughout the U.S.