Messages to the Community

Strategic Planning Community Update

Dear New School Faculty and Staff,

In April we shared an overview of the upcoming university Strategic Planning process

Now, as promised, we are writing to share the charge and selection process for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, which will begin meeting in June. Please note that the deadline to submit nominations/self nominations has been extended to May 30.Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Lara Penin, Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design (Parsons) & Co-chair of the University Faculty Senate
Renée T. White, Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Steering Committee membership is as follows:                                        

5 faculty members, either PTF or FTF, representing each of the five colleges 
Selected by each college’s faculty governing body (self nominations are welcome)

3 staff representatives 
Selected by the Staff Senate (self nominations are welcome)

3 students (one undergraduate, one master degree, one PhD student)
Selected by the Student Senate (self nominations are welcome)

2 other university leaders
Selected by the Provost   

1 co-chair of the Middle States re-accreditation process
Selected by the Provost

1 member of the university’s Board of Trustees 
Selected by the Provost in consultation with the President and Board Chair

1 member of the President’s Leadership Team 

Selected by the Provost

Primary Charge
The Steering Committee is charged with leading the university’s strategic planning process, which seeks to translate the university’s four pillars into possible action through a participatory process with the community. They will lead a deliberative, inclusive, and rigorous inquiry into the core values of The New School in order to identify, define, and formalize areas of need and themes to inform the university’s future. The Steering Committee will also set the tone of collaborative co-creation and transparency within the strategic planning working groups and community planning sessions. They will:

  • Coordinate the overall activities of the strategic planning process from June 2022-June 2023
  • Select the external firm specialized in participatory processes
  • Ensure the timely progress and completion of the strategic planning process
  • Implement and lead the strategic planning working groups
  • Implement and participate in community planning sessions
  • Ensure that strategic planning is coordinated with other university-wide planning initiatives including Middle States re-accreditation and strategic enrollment planning
  • Produce the final report of the planning process

Anticipated Time Commitment

  • Two-hour meeting each week between June 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023
  • Chair or co-chair of a working group (one-hour meeting each week during the fall 2022 semester)
  • Participate in community planning sessions during the fall 2022 semester
  • Possible work outside meetings

Please click the links below for specific details for faculty and staff: 

Call for Faculty

Call for Staff

We will share the membership of the Steering Committee when it is finalized at the end of this month. We are also at work on a Strategic Planning website, which will include regular updates on our progress and plans for community engagement throughout this process beginning in the fall semester.

We look forward to partnering with all of you on this important work.


Lara Penin and Renée T. White
Co-chairs, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

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