|David E. Van Zandt, President|
August 26, 2013
Welcome to the 2013–2014 academic year! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are as energized as I am about the year ahead.
This is an exciting time to be at The New School. Our community recently pulled together through some unprecedented challenges, including global financial uncertainty and two "once-in-a-lifetime" storms. Thanks to the commitment of students, faculty and staff, we have emerged stronger than ever. Today, more than 3,200 new students representing 47 states and more than 140 nations join a community whose creativity and desire to challenge the status quo make The New School the world's preeminent intellectual and creative educational center for the new innovative society and economy.
Please join us at our Welcome Back Block Party on Thursday, August 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. I also invite you to join provost Tim Marshall and me at the fall Town Hall on Wednesday, October 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center at Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor. The forum will also be streamed live at new.livestream.com/thenewschool for anyone who cannot attend.
Over the coming months, be certain to discover the vibrant culture of our university and our great city. Take a look at our public programs, social innovation projects, volunteer opportunities, and performing arts, and take advantage of all that The New School and New York City have to offer. Read on for information about recent and upcoming improvements and changes across the university.
I wish you a terrific start to the semester.
The University Center
The official opening is set for January but 600 students have already made the top eight floors their home. Check www.newschool.edu/university-center for University Center updates and stay tuned for news of our opening celebrations.
A New School Vision for Globally Engaged Learning
Creating meaningful interactions with an increasingly global, urbanized society is part of our Vision. This year, two new ventures will take us further toward realizing this goal: Next week, a new Parsons Paris welcomes its first class of students. Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Parsons' partnership with the Indian School of Design and Innovation will bring Parsons curricula to students in the world's largest democracy. Get ready for more, as a partnership in Shanghai is now taking shape.
Here in New York, we are taking steps to realize our Vision with new courses and programs. We welcome the first undergraduate class in a groundbreaking BFA in dramatic arts, combining top-level theater training with creative technologies and community engagement. This fall, Parsons is launching its revised undergraduate curriculum, an ambitious project that provides students with greater flexibility and more options to take advantage of interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches. And to further foster learning across the university, we are bringing more students closer together: in January 2014, Parsons Fashion will move downtown, and in Fall 2014, and in 2015 Mannes will follow.
The New School's Re-accreditation Review
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