It is both a remarkable moment to be at The New School, and a compelling moment for The New School in the broader context of higher education. Dramatic shifts in national and global societies, cultures, and economies demand that the university continue to change. This context offers a rich opportunity for The New School, where change is implicit in our name, prominent in our history, and essential to our culture. As individuals and as an academic community, our faculty and students develop new approaches, challenge conventional ideas and structures, work across disciplinary lines, experiment, and find ways to apply our strengths and build new ones. In short, we stay relevant.
Solving today’s complex problems increasingly requires expertise in design, the social sciences, and the cultural and liberal arts. Creativity, innovative thinking, keen observation, and adaptability are among the capacities students develop at our university. We also look at questions such as: How can we make problem-centered projects a foundation of a New School education? How can we design flexible learning experiences that respond to students’ needs and realities? How can we make use of new technologies and self-directed learning pathways? How can we establish networks and feedback loops to ensure that our academic programs prepare students well for futures as scholars, professionals, and engaged citizens?
These are important and compelling questions, and it is a privilege to explore them with an extraordinary community of thoughtful, creative, and dedicated students and faculty.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
The New School