August 25, 2017
A Warm Welcome to the New Academic Year!
Dear Baruch College Faculty and Staff,
As we welcome the start of another academic year, we have so many things that evoke both pride and gratitude.
Baruch’s Success Makes National Headlines
Studies by the Equality of Opportunity Project, Money magazine, and CollegeNet each reported on Baruch’s remarkable success as measured by social mobility, or the ability of an institution of higher education to provide the academic training, professional skills, and career support needed for graduates to attain success, higher earnings, and a shot at the American Dream—all without incurring significant student-loan debt. Among the specific findings: Baruch College excels at propelling more students from families of extremely limited means into the top 40 percentile of wage earners. (A collection of all of these reports can be found here.)
It is reassuring that we continue to be able to deliver on our mission and promise to our students, and I congratulate each of you for your contribution to this success.
“Best-Ever” Student Year
In addition to career success, Baruch’s talented student body continues to excel academically, with another “best-ever” year for students receiving truly prestigious awards, including three Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awards and seven Gilman International Scholarships for study abroad.
We continue to be proud of the fact that Baruch students are so fully inclusive by gender, ethnicity, religious expression, race, and nation of origin. And our students are grateful for the educational opportunities that the people of New York have provided through such public universities as Baruch.
We know our students are capable of the highest levels of academic achievement. So plant the seed within them to aspire to continue their education, maybe earn a doctorate and pursue a career in academia. We need students like ours to refresh the ranks of Baruch’s and CUNY’s future faculties.
Behind Our Success: Strategic Plan Outcomes & Updates
In Spring 2018, we will complete the College’s overall five-year Strategic Plan 2013‒18. On so many levels, our results have been noteworthy, especially in regard to the following initiatives:
- Online teaching and learning
- Institutional effectiveness
- Making a global perspective the hallmark of the Baruch experience
- Experiential academic and student development opportunities
Our progress shows how you—faculty and staff college-wide—committed your efforts and resources to the plan we developed. Thank you!
The deans of each of the three schools will provide more granular updates to the members of their faculties regarding their individual Strategic Plans, but I would like to share a few highlights with the entire College community:
Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
- The promise of the Marxe endowment is tangible, with the commencement of recruiting for several chaired professorships.
- This semester the school welcomes a large and accomplished initial cohort to its new Master of International Affairs degree program.
Weissman School of Arts and Sciences
- At the June Commencement, the Weissman School graduated the first class of MA in Arts Administration candidates.
- Dean Aldemaro Romero Jr. continues to tell the story of scholarship and engagement within the Weissman faculty through his popular, weekly Weissman’s College Talk radio show.
Zicklin School of Business
- The Zicklin School will launch the Executive Doctorate in Business, an innovative program to provide doctoral education to experienced executives using an intensive cohort-based format.
- This summer the first class of students from Israel completed a dual-degree program with COMAS wherein the students earn an MS in entrepreneurship from Baruch.
- Zicklin hosted a delegation from the Shanghai International Studies University that formalized the New York Confucius Institute for Global Finance at Baruch College.
A New Strategic Plan: This fall we will draft a plan for the next five years. A broadly representative committee has been formed and will be complemented by town hall‒style meetings on various aspects of the developing plan. These community conversations are important, and I hope you will choose to participate.
We continue to work deliberately at rebuilding our graduate enrollments and attracting qualified undergraduates to Baruch. This fall we welcome 1,600 first-year undergraduates and 1,850 transfer students. Our total College enrollment is 18,400, of which 3,100 are graduate students.
New Faculty & Key Staff Appointments
Thirty-seven full-time faculty join us this fall: 2 tenured, 19 tenure-track, 3 full-time lecturers/doctoral schedule, 3 full-time lecturers, 1 distinguished lecturer, the Sidney Harman Visiting Professor, and 8 substitute appointments.
This summer several key administrative appointments were made, including:
- Patricia L. Price, PhD, associate provost for academic administration and faculty development. Patricia is an urban, cultural geographer with 19 years of experience at Florida International University.
- Rachél Fester, PhD, assistant provost for assessment, accreditation, and institutional effectiveness. Rachél (‘Rah-Hel’) has experience at several regional universities and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Marxe School.
- Leslie Ann Hunt, MBA (Zicklin Class of ‘08), director of graduate programs, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.
- Simon Harley, MSEd (Marxe Class of ‘10), assistant dean for graduate enrollment, Zicklin School of Business.
Please join me in welcoming these colleagues to Baruch.
Future Updates, or How to Keep Current on Baruch News
I encourage all members of our community to review the digital newsletter This Week @ Baruch. A quick scan will alert you to items that might otherwise escape your attention. Recent examples include a change in policy that permits faculty and staff access to Baruch’s Early Learning Center for young children: This facility was formerly restricted to children of enrolled students. You would also learn that Cristina Henriquez’s novel The Book of Unknown Americans is the Freshman Text for the Class of 2021, our first-year students. Updates on the renovation of the Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue also appear in This Week @ Baruch. The first edition of the newsletter for 2017‒18 should arrive in your in-box early next week.
Let’s share our optimism with one another for a successful new year, filled with innovative research, thoughtful and effective teaching and learning, and support for the development of our students and their personal version of the “CUNY American Dream Machine.”
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic