• Strategic Planning

  • Strategic Planning at The New School is a community-wide invitation to reimagine, reflect, and plan for the future. While often understood as a technical tool designed to clarify the strategic use of resources for an institution, strategic planning for our university at this time refers to a process of learning through critique and preparing for the continuous adaptation these fast-changing times demand.

    Our intended outcomes for Strategic Planning continue to be to foster a more connected community that has renewed inspiration and investment in our mission and vision, to establish a set of aspirational and actionable priorities to guide the university for the next several years, and to provide resources to support leaders at all levels across campus to better align our efforts to manifest the best version of The New School possible.

    The Steering Committee will release its final report in May 2024. Get involved: 

    We encourage you to send us your questions and ideas to [email protected] and join us at events throughout the process.

  • The New School's strategic planning process officially commenced in spring 2022. Charged by President Dwight A. McBride, and using his Framework for Fearless Progress as guidance, 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 meetings 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. 

    "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."

    —Provost Renée T. White

    Read Provost White's extended reflections on her first year as provost at The New School.

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