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Fuhrman, Susan
President Emerita
Professor Emerita, Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis
Founder and Principal, Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Organization & Leadership


Achievements during President Fuhrman’s Administration


Launched “Where the Future Comes First,” the largest fundraising campaign ever mounted by a graduate school of education. As of September 1, the College had:

  • Raised more than $213 million toward its $300 million goal
  • Secured the largest commitment in the College's history and increased unrestricted giving by more than 45% to date

Nearly tripled total institutional financial aid to students, from $7.6 million in FY 2006 to just over $22 million in FY 2015.

Grown its endowment from $189 million (as of August 31, 2006) to more than $275 million as of July 31, 2015.



Attracted 71 new, innovative and entrepreneurial faculty members, representing nearly one-half of its current faculty. Nearly one-third of these new hires self-identify as people of color.

Grown its total research funding (grants and contract activity) from $31 million in FY 2006 to more than $41 million in FY 2014 in an austere funding environment.


New Programs

Launched innovative new centers and programs, including:

  • The Center for History and Education
  • An Executive Master’s Program in Change Leadership
  • The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, & Policy
  • The TC Resilience Center for Veterans and Families
  • The Cowin Financial Literacy Program
  • The Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project
  • The nation’s first Master’s program in Learning Analytics

Established a new interdisciplinary department, Education Policy and Social Analysis, bringing together existing programs in Economics and Education, Politics in Education, and Sociology and Education. TC faculty also created a new interdisciplinary program in Education Policy.



Increased the selectivity and the diversity of its student population. Fall applications have increased from 4,800 in 2008 to more than 5,700 for 2015, while the percentage accepted has declined from 55 percent to 49 percent. From 2006 through 2014, the percentage of U.S. students at TC who are people of color rose from 36.2 percent to 42.5 percent. During that same period, international student enrollment has risen from 12.7 percent to 19.5 percent.

  • In 2014, The Chronicle of Higher Educationranked TC sixth among all U.S. universities in granting the most doctoral degrees to Black students during the period 2008-2012. TC was also the top-ranked private, not-for-profit higher educational institution in the category of Black doctoral degree recipients, preceded only by historically Black institutions, a for-profit, online university, and comprehensive public universities.


Local and Global Partnerships

Established the Teachers College Community School (TCCS), a preK-8 public school in West Harlem, and Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem (REACH), a network of partnerships with other public schools in upper Manhattan.

Partnered with Ministries of Education, universities and foundations on major teaching and research initiatives in Singapore, Brazil, China, India, Jordan, Pakistan and elsewhere, and in close collaboration with Columbia University’s Global Centers.