Messages to the Community

Sharing Information on University Finances and Enrollment

A message from Stephanie Browner, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Tokumbo Shobowale, Executive Vice President of Business and Operations

Dear Staff and Faculty,

We write today in the spirit of maintaining open lines of communication during this difficult period at The New School. 

One thing we have heard clearly is the community’s continued requests for more detailed information about COVID-19’s impact on the university’s finances. To this end, we have created a detailed summary of the university’s current and near-future financial position working in consultation with members of the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Budget Advisory Council, and the University Budget Committee. This document provides a high-level summary of the impact of COVID-19 on revenue and costs and the approaches taken by university leadership to manage our finances.

The other resource that is now available to all New School staff and faculty is the Census Workbook, which has just been updated with fall 2020 census data (please note that you must be logged on using The New School VPN in order to access this site). The workbook contains student data related to admissions, enrollment, graduation, and degrees. There are filters that allow users to drill down to the program or degree level. Additional filters permit data exploration by demographics. In most cases, there is more than ten years of data which will allow faculty and staff to see long-term trends. To access the workbook, log on using The New School VPN and go to the “Open to All” Tableau folder (you can find information from IT about using the VPN here).

Open dialogue and debate are essential during a crisis, and we welcome tough questions, new perspectives, and discussion as we move forward. These resources provide common ground as we work together to shape the university’s future. 

Last week, President McBride and Interim Provost Browner met with faculty and staff across our campus, in large and small groups, and many more conversations are scheduled for the coming weeks. We are committed to using these forums and others, including existing groups, committees, and venues, to ensure consultation, dialogue, and partnership.

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