Message from the Dean |The New School for Public Engagement

Message from the Dean

  • scobeyThe New School for Public Engagement is committed to the university's founding values of academic innovation and social responsibility. It’s what I think a university should be in the 21st century—a place where professional, experiential, and liberal learning is integrated with civic engagement and real-world problem solving.

    Our division was established in 2011 by joining what had been two separate divisions of The New School. It comprises five schools: The Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students offers liberal arts and interdisciplinary bachelors programs for adults and transfer students. In the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, graduate students train to be leaders in public and nonprofit management, organizational change, urban policy, international affairs, and sustainability—fields of growing importance to our globalizing world. The School Language Learning and Teaching offers foreign languages courses (including English as a foreign language) for the university and the general public and teacher education for people who aspire to teach English to speakers of other languages. The School of Media Studies offers graduate- and undergraduate-level training in the production, management, and critical study of media. The School of Writing offers a rigorous MFA program taught by notable writers, as well as undergraduate and continuing education workshops and seminars.

    The New School for Public Engagement offers a wide array of open-enrollment continuing education courses and certificate programs, open to people from all walks of life with diverse professional, academic, and creative interests. We also present an impressive program of public lectures, readings, panel discussions, conferences, and exhibitions covering a range of topics as broad as our curriculum.

    By approaching education in new ways, this division of The New School is designed to help students make connections and build solutions to problems. As you explore The New School for Public Engagement, whether online or by joining us in person, I challenge you to experiment, be adventurous, and discover what a truly engaged education can be in the 21st century.

    David Scobey, Executive Dean