In this year's State of the College address, President Bailey presents the many accomplishments of our community over the past year, and the ways we are building for the future. We invite you to explore TC’s strategic priorities below as we chart our path forward together.
Since its founding in 1887, Teachers College has paired humanitarian concerns with a broad-based scientific approach to human development premised on three complementary and interrelated areas of study: education, health, and psychology.
Teachers College combines research, theory, and practice to pursue our vision to create a smarter, healthier and more equitable world. Having educated more than 100,000 students globally, we prepare scholars, educators, and practitioners; pioneer research and fields of study; provide critical expertise; and advance the dissemination of knowledge for the public good.
Today, we face challenges and a volatile environment not unlike the world from which TC emerged. The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred tremendous economic, social, racial and health-related inequities, tensions and uncertainties. But, it has also created forward-thinking opportunities.
Teachers College has a responsibility to explore and uncover the far reaches of educational and pedagogical possibilities that will strengthen the world’s ability to respond to new challenges and spur positive change. We have a moral imperative to lead the way in addressing inequality. And, we must turn inward to evaluate and refine the College’s own structures in order to empower its students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners and external constituents in practice.
We have developed five guiding Strategic Priorities centered on strengthening economic growth and opportunity and combating the vast health, education, and economic disparities that afflict our society. They are designed to enable TC to realize our vision, act upon the contemporary challenges and opportunities presented to us, and thrive as an institution.
The following descriptions are intended to provide focus to our continued discussion and work, which will evolve over time as we learn more from our community and beyond.
We aim to develop the College’s organizational design and substantive content to deliver the teaching, research and educational experience to most effectively meet the needs of our constituencies and to maximize impact on the public good.
Building the optimal academic organization will create a strong foundation for an enriched faculty and student experience, boost program excellence and impact for the public good, and enable TC to grow and thrive as an institution into the future.
We aim to reinforce TC’s foundational commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through its policies, training, outreach, campus development and other mechanisms that position the College to model the type of anti-racist community and broader society we want to build and foster.
TC’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will develop and cultivate a diverse community where each individual is supported to meet their potential, and in turn, will help to lead the fight against systemic racism and advance social justice for all.
We aim to assess, understand and refine the student pathway experience, such that each step along a student’s educational path offers robust, coordinated and highly effective systems of support that enable student success and promised outcomes.
Providing comprehensive support to students throughout their academic experience and beyond will help to ensure TC students and alumni reach their full potential, and will create a pipeline of exceptional candidates for employers in the education, health and psychology sectors.
We aim to strengthen the College’s research infrastructure to facilitate the flow of resources to TC, promote faculty success and productivity, provide students with financial support and rich learning experiences, which will magnify the impact of the College’s research on policy and practice to address and solve societal challenges.
By bolstering our research enterprise we will bring more resources to the College, offer more opportunities and financial support for our students, and boost the impact of our faculty research, which in turn, will serve the greater good of society.
The new curriculum project, led by TC’s Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, will provide teachers with the tools to help minimize the risk of U.S. students radicalizing.
We aim to situate the College at the forefront of pedagogic innovation, advancing the intersections of education and technology such that our faculty and students are equipped with — and influence — the latest scholastic approaches, and are positioned as visionaries in this space.
By integrating and harnessing our collective firepower in digital pedagogy and research, the Digital Futures Institute will position Teachers College not only to better serve the needs of our students and faculty, but also to lead the way in driving digital innovation throughout higher education and the broader public.