Max Kutner’s “Status for sale” (Ideas, April 7) uses a federal investigation into college admissions as a vehicle to rehash a five-year-old article from another publication. The article wrongly accuses Northeastern University of “gaming” national university rankings. Many of the quotes were cut and pasted into the piece five years after the initial interviews were conducted.

As John Adams famously said, facts are stubborn things. For the past 13 years, under the leadership of president Joseph Aoun, Northeastern has achieved unprecedented and undeniable success.

Tripling research funding, dramatically enhancing student outcomes, expanding the co-op program to seven continents, securing record philanthropic support — these triumphs explain why Northeastern consistently receives more than 62,000 applications for 2,800 freshman seats. They explain why Northeastern is now classified as an “R1” research university by the renowned Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. They explain why Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Northeastern’s bond rating, while assigning a negative outlook for higher education as a whole.


Finally, the excuse the Globe uses to recycle a sloppy 2014 report is the false premise that Northeastern is “caught up” in the admissions scandal, which it is not.

At a time when the world desperately needs responsible journalism, it’s disappointing to see the Globe fall prey to cheap sensationalism and today’s click-bait culture.

Michael Armini

Senior vice president for external affairs

Northeastern University