The New School's strategic planning process officially commenced in Spring 2022. Charged by President Dwight A. McBride, Dr. Renée T. White, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, leads this process with Dr. Lara Penin, Professor of Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design.
As co-chairs, Dr. White and Dr. Penin work together with the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and our community partner, FLOX Studio, to design and implement a transparent and equitable process that informs the many levels of community engagement critical to creating a thoughtful, actionable, and sustainable strategic plan for The New School.
This process was paused during the Fall 2022 semester, while our community turned our full attention to the vitally important work of negotiating a fair contract with our part-time faculty union. Following a period of reflection after the Fall 2022 semester, this process was relaunched in Spring 2023 with convenings held throughout the semester to bring students, faculty, and staff together to clearly articulate the pathways forward to becoming a university that fully animates our mission, vision, and values.
"I know I am asking a lot of you in this journey—upon which we together have embarked—to embrace the full potential and ambitions of our beloved New School. We will allow ourselves the space and time to think and dream together. The process itself will serve as a shared exercise in healing, trust building, and galvanizing our community around shared aims."
Learn more about President McBride's Framework for Fearless Progress.
"The challenging reality is that we cannot do everything at once and will need to set priorities and goals based on agreed-upon principles, some of which are found in the strategic plan and others that will flow from it....There are different points of entry to the important work and tasks ahead, and I hope each of you can identify the spaces that make sense and are appealing to you. This is complex work for complex times, and I welcome all who are ready to join me."
Read Provost White's extended reflections on her first year as provost at The New School.