The New School has a rich history and reputation as a higher education institution committed to supporting the engagement of students and scholars in thinking about and enacting positive social change through public scholarship and engaged learning. These terms are defined below.

Public Scholarship

Public scholarship is scholarly or creative activity that joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence.   It entails diverse modes of creating and circulating knowledge for and with publics and communities.   

Socially Engaged Learning

Socially engaged learning entails academic experiences that help students become critically engaged citizens dedicated to solving problems and contributing to the public good. Engaged learning is often project based and experiential. It involves students in field-based, professional or community settings, often in partnership with diverse types of organizations. Course projects range from providing design solutions for identified social challenges, to student performances or creative production in community settings, to research projects looking at a range of social phenomena.