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Former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Madelyn Fernstrom of NBC News at TC conference on food policy.

Former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Madelyn Fernstrom of NBC News at TC conference on food policy.

Thomas Bailey, the George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education and Director of the Community College Research Center

Thomas Bailey, the George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education and Director of the Community College Research Center

Laurie M. Tisch, TC Board Vice Chair

Laurie M. Tisch, TC Board Vice Chair

Teachers College faculty are world-class teachers, discoverers and innovators who produce astonishing breakthroughs and guide and inspire our students to achieve excellence.

Our faculty are the catalysts for innovative programs and partnerships with influence and impact in schools and communities throughout the world.

This campaign supports and sustains the work of our extraordinary scholars who will create TC’s “future firsts” that contribute to a smarter, healthier and more just world.  

Goal $100 Million
Key Investments
  • Support faculty at every level of their careers by enhancing funding for early career awards, postdoctoral research, professorships and endowed chairs, and by growing innovation funds.
  • Invest in research and program initiatives that connect the dots between disciplines and fields to advance TC’s historic Legacy of Firsts and influence policy and practice in education, health and psychology. 

"I believe every new Yorker deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life.”
–Laurie M. Tisch

Teachers College was the birthplace of nutrition education more than 100 years ago. Today, with the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, TC is building healthier communities throughout New York City, especially in high-need neighborhoods, by connecting nutrition education and policy.

The new Center was established last year with a $10 million gift from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund — $5 million of which goes toward the establishment of the Center and to seed TC’s capital projects. 

Laurie Tisch unveiled the initiative at a major food and nutrition policy conference at TC last February, declaring: “Today represents the beginning of a new chapter in TC’s nutrition program, which will provide research, evidence-based programs, policy and training for the next generation of nutrition professionals.” 

TC’s Community College Research Center (CCRC) is the leading authority on the nation’s nearly 1,200 two-year colleges. Recognizing this leadership, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded CCRC five grants totaling $15,553,686 over the last four years to spur student success in higher education. The grants provide funding for general support and research and implementation projects.

CCRC, established in 1996, studies community colleges to develop practice and policy that expands access to higher education and promotes student achievement.  


“If you are interested in educational equity, community colleges should be central to your agenda.” –Thomas Bailey, the George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education and Director of the Community College Research Center 



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