Mission and strategic plan

The mission of the Baruch College Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and its degree programs is to empower the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders, advance knowledge about public life and policy, and engage communities across our city, nation, and world to foster effective, inclusive institutions and societies.

Our Strategic Vision for the 21st Century

The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs' faculty recently adopted a 5-year strategic plan to address global challenges while enhancing and expanding the School's historic role in New York City.

The plan calls for a strong commitment to globalization and digital technology, greater support for students in and out of the classroom, and the building and development of administrative programs and a robust infrastructure.  It is supported by the key themes below.

The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs' strategic plan is as follows:

  • Build a large, distinguished undergraduate public affairs program.
  • Enhance curriculum through establishment of Master's program in Arts Administration to be housed in the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences.
  • Elevate and expand MS in Higher Education Administration through integration with Master of Public Administration program.
  • Develop and leverage international programs through engagement of partner institutions and linking courses through distance technologies.
  • Revive discussion of SPA's involvement in doctoral education.
  • Improve practices in assessment of student learning.
  • Improve students' overall quality of life.
  • Continue to build partnership base with other universities, school principal development programs, and non-academic institutions.
  • Build a first-class research infrastructure.
  • Develop a resource base consistent with teaching, research, and community engagement goals.