STRATEGIC PlAN 2013-2018 Implementation

The news below benchmarks the College's progress toward fulfilling the ambitious goals of the Strategic Plan 2013-2018. Reflecting the nature of the five interrelated goals of the plan, many items represent progress toward multiple goals.

Enrich and Expand Academic
Programs

Zicklin School Hires a Record Number of Faculty.

For the Fall 2013 semester, the Zicklin School will welcome 31 new full-time, tenure-track faculty members, with assignments spread among all School departments: three in Accountancy, four in Economics and Finance, four in Law, eight in Management, five in Marketing and International Business, two in Real Estate, and five in Statistics and Computer Information Systems. While the majority are arriving as assistant professors, among the group are four associate professors and one full professor. The hiring of these professors is in line with Strategic Goal I: Enrich and Expand Academic Programs, specifically “Recruit, Develop and Retain an Internationally Recognized Faculty.”

School of Public Affairs Strategic Plan.

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) released its Strategic Plan 2013-2018 on June 10, 2013. Building on the prior SPA Strategic Plan and responsive to the themes articulated in the overall Baruch College Strategic Plan 2013-2018, SPA intends to strengthen and initiate a range of programs over the next five years. The School has committed to expanding the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs; to developing courses of graduate study in such areas as Policy Analysis, Food Policy, Migration and Diasporic Studies, Trade Policy, and International NGOs; to reinvigorating the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration; and to further internationalization of its curricula. The School will also make new investments in its research infrastructure and its marketing and communication efforts. Click here to see the full plan.

Creation and Appointment of the Director of Online Learning and Evaluation.

Professor Theodore Joyce has been appointed as the director of Online Learning and Evaluation (OLE) in the Zicklin School of Business. He has begun to direct his knowledge of program evaluation to assessing the impact of hybrid and online learning modalities. He recently compared a large lecture of introductory economics taught in a traditional format with the same material presented in a hybrid format. About 400 students were involved in the comparison study. This fall he will launch the largest randomized evaluation yet undertaken of hybrid versus traditional formats of introductory economics classes. Professor Joyce’s appointment and continued research align with Strategic Goal I: Enrich and Expand Academic Programs, specifically “Expand Baruch’s Capacity for and Participation in Online Education”

Enhance the Academic and
Co-Curricular Experience

25th Street Interim Plaza.

Opened to Baruch College and the surrounding community in December 2012, the pedestrian plaza creates much-needed open space for a district that has one of the least amounts in the borough. It also creates a campus environment for Baruch’s students, faculty and staff, satisfying Baruch’s strategic goals to “Enhance the Academic and Co-curricular Experience” and to “Deepen Engagement with the World Outside the Campus.”

Master Plan for the Newman Library.

The CUNY Department of Design, Construction, and Management has approved funds to create a Master Plan for the Newman Library that will address the increased use of the library and the changing nature of its programs and services since the space was originally designed in the early 1990s. This development is in line with Strategic Goal V: Strengthen Financial Foundation and Infrastructure, specifically “Expand Space and Create ‘Place.’”

Cleaner Facilities.

Custodial supplies are currently distributed among multiple campus depots, creating inventory control headaches and often leaving staff without the materials they need to do their jobs. Custodial supplies will soon be centralized, affording greater inventory oversight and ensuring that a custodian can always get needed supplies in short order. Supplies notwithstanding, our buildings are heavily used, too heavily for the current custodial staff to keep up with demand in high-traffic areas, such as the Newman Vertical Campus restrooms. This month, we will hire five net new custodial staff members to extend our cleaning capability across campus.

Deepen Engagement with the World Outside the Campus

25th Street Interim Plaza.

Opened to Baruch College and the surrounding community in December 2012, the pedestrian plaza creates much-needed open space for a district that has one of the least amounts in the borough. It also creates a campus environment for Baruch’s students, faculty and staff, satisfying Baruch’s strategic goals to “Enhance the Academic and Co-curricular Experience” and to “Deepen Engagement with the World Outside the Campus.”

School of Public Affairs Strategic Plan.

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) released its Strategic Plan 2013-2018 on June 10, 2013. Building on the prior SPA Strategic Plan and responsive to the themes articulated in the overall Baruch College Strategic Plan 2013-2018, SPA intends to strengthen and initiate a range of programs over the next five years. The School has committed to expanding the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs; to developing courses of graduate study in such areas as Policy Analysis, Food Policy, Migration and Diasporic Studies, Trade Policy, and International NGOs; to reinvigorating the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration; and to further internationalization of its curricula. The School will also make new investments in its research infrastructure and its marketing and communication efforts. Click here to see the full plan.

Baruch Hosts Three Mayoral Candidate Forums (Spring 2013).

The College has been the venue of choice for three New York City Mayoral Candidate Forums during spring 2013. These forums have been hosted by a variety of the City’s educational, civic, and non-profit organizations with whom we have partnered. The forums have brought the outside world to Baruch for open discussions on the political and ethical issues of the day for the benefit of our external community and the College’s faculty, staff, and students.

Establish Effective College-Wide Coordination and Collaboration

Improving Communication and Project Management (College Senior Staff created).

The College Senior Staff (CSS) has been established to create a bridge between the President’s Cabinet and the various units of the College. In addition to feeding information to the Cabinet and implementing Cabinet policy, the CSS coordinates the activity of several “cross-border” teams involved in similar functions across different divisions of the College. More info.

Improvements in Travel Reimbursement.

The College has significantly improved its travel reimbursement practices. Finance and Administration has released a travel checklist, providing travelers with the information they need to assemble documentation that will satisfy New York State's requirements for reimbursing expenditures.

When employees who return from properly approved travel submit a complete expense report together with the requisite receipts, they can now expect reimbursement within six weeks. For employees whose job requires significant rather than occasional travel (such as recruiters), the College can now make available Travel Cards against which approved travel can be charged, avoiding the need to go out-of-pocket to do the College's business.

Strengthen Financial Foundation
and Infrastructure

Master Plan for the Newman Library.

The CUNY Department of Design, Construction, and Management has approved funds to create a Master Plan for the Newman Library that will address the increased use of the library and the changing nature of its programs and services since the space was originally designed in the early 1990s. This development is in line with Strategic Goal V: Strengthen Financial Foundation and Infrastructure, specifically “Expand Space and Create ‘Place.’”