The New School's future will be shaped by the core values that have defined our past: academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation.
The New School prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, and thus make the world a better and more just place. We will ensure that our students develop both the skills a sound liberal arts education provides and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy. We will also lead in generating practical and theoretical knowledge that enables people to better understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.
We are and will be a university where design and social research drive approaches to studying issues of our time, such as democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, sustainability, migration, and globalization. We will be the preeminent intellectual and creative center for effective engagement in a world that increasingly demands better-designed objects, communication, systems, and organizations to meet social needs.
Our vision aligns with shifts in the global economy, society, and environment, which animate our mission and our values:
The New School must embrace these principles and innovate to address shifts in the global economy, society, and environment that require individuals to grapple with complex problems, pursue more fluid and flexible career pathways, and collaboratively create change.
We will fulfill our mission by extending The New School's legacy as a nontraditional academic community, nimble and responsive to change, that:
The New School's Mission and Vision Statement sets forth an academic direction informed by our values and strengths, the changing context of higher education, and a paramount commitment to meeting the needs of 21st-century students. It was developed over many months with participation and feedback from students, faculty, and staff members in our community. It was approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2013.
2013 Strategic Plan
2014 Self-Study Report