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Guide to the Schools of Public Engagement Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students Dean's Office records (BPATS), 1995-2017

Collection Overview


New School Institutional Collections

Collection Identifier



New School (New York, N.Y.).


Schools of Public Engagement Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students Dean's Office records


3.3 Linear feet: 3 boxes; 463 mb consisting of 2,594 digital files

Language of Materials



This collection contains physical and digital materials created by office staff and administrators in the Dean's Office of the Schools of Public Engagement Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students. This material was intended for use by the Dean's Office in its communication with students, faculty, and other New School administrative units.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], [name of collection], [collection number], box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

When citing digital files, which do not have a box and/or folder number, the preferred form is as follows:

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], [name of collection], [collection number], New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

Founded in 1919 as a “center for discussion and instruction for mature men and women," the New School for Social Research was officially chartered by New York state as a degree-granting institution in 1934. When new divisions were added to the school, the original adult education program became commonly known as the Adult Division.

The Schools of Public Engagement is the direct successor division to the Adult Division. The unit was formed in 2011, when the New School for General Studies (the then-current name of the Adult Division) merged with the Milano School of International Affairs, which itself had in 2010 brought the Graduate Program of International Affairs under its umbrella.

As of 2017, the Schools of Public Engagement is composed of five schools:

1) The Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students

2) The School of Languages

3) The School of Media Studies

4) The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

5) The Creative Writing Program

A distinct entity within the Schools of Public Engagement, the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students (BPATS) provides courses and undergraduate degrees to adults and transfer students seeking an alternative to the traditional four-year college experience. The students enrolled in the Bachelor's Program include: adults who want to complete their education after several years away from college; students transferring from two-year colleges who want to earn their bachelor’s degree; students who are currently taking or have recently taken courses and want to transfer credits into a degree program; and students who want to earn their degree at a school that gives credit for relevant life experience.

BPATS is separate from the undergraduate programs focused on traditional four-year degree students at The New School. However, many of the courses, majors, minors, and certificates are cross-listed and otherwise made available to these latter students.

According to their website, the Bachelor's Program

is deeply rooted in the goal of lifelong higher learning articulated by the founders of The New School in 1919. In 1943, The New School began offering a bachelor's degree program for transfer students and adults to address the educational needs of returning WWII veterans. Today, our dedication to that mission continues in a program that offers exceptional services and an innovative curriculum to nearly 1,000 adult students in New York City and online. (https://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/bachelors-program-about/)


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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains physical and digital materials created by office staff and administrators in the Dean's Office of the Schools of Public Engagement Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students. This material was intended for use by the Dean's Office in its communication with students, faculty, and other New School administrative units. The majority of the items fall into five categories:

1) Administrative records and student policies: This material includes advisor handbooks for faculty; information sheets and policy guides for students; correspondence; and blank template forms. Information regarding student registration and degree-completion planning is also found here. Also included are student academic and code of conduct policies consisting of information sheets outlining student policies and guidelines for navigating the university (such as registration how-to's, the Code of Ethics, and academic standing forms).

2) Curriculum and courses: These files and folders contain correspondence, letter templates, and blank forms. Also found herein are course and department overviews and curriculum development reports.

3) This collection also contains a large number of individual course syllabi from Humanities and Social Sciences departments.

4) Faculty and staff meeting minutes and agendas: Included are documents with both agenda and minutes from meetings, as well as handouts prepared for these meetings.

5) Also included is a series of material relating to the School of Undergraduate Studies, which overlapped in some areas with BPATS.

Digital material is described at the folder level--that is, each individual title typically represents multiple digital files. A PDF of the complete listing of digital files held by the archives can be found at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1o7Kf8V5TnU4HTU0FpnE5vQ5EpbnHbuQdgoH0IfDhv7s.


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Organization and arrangement

Arranged in five series.

  1. Series I. Administrative information and student policies
  2. Series II. Curriculum
  3. Series III. Faculty and staff meetings
  4. Series IV. School of Undergraduate Studies
  5. Series V. Syllabi

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Institutional Collections - February 5, 2018

66 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], [name of collection], [collection number], box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

When citing digital files, which do not have a box and/or folder number, the preferred form is as follows:

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], [name of collection], [collection number], New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

Revision Description

 Integrated 0.5 linear feet of additional material (2019.NS.35). February 21, 2020

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Digital files can be accessed onsite at The New School Archives. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the archives by Yvonne Garrett, Executive Secretary for Schools of Public Engagement, and Kemi Soyeju, BPATS program manager, in 2017.

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Related Materials

The New School Archives contains several collections with materials related to BPATS, the Schools of Public Engagement, and the School of Undergraduate Studies:

Schools of Public Engagement Executive Dean's Office records (NS.02.01.04); New School Adult Divison Dean's Office records (NS.02.01.02); Allen Austill records (NS.02.01.03); New School Creative Writing (MFA) records (NS.02.04.04); New School School of Media Studies records (NS.02.05.01); World Policy Institute records (NS.02.07.01); Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy collection (NS.02.10.01); Vera List Center audiovisual collection (NS.07.02.03); Clara Mayer papers (NS.02.01.02)


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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Administrative records.
  • Annual reports.
  • Curricula.
  • Electronic mail.
  • Syllabi.


  • Adult education.
  • College administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.
  • Creative writing -- Study and teaching.
  • Distance education.
  • Internet in higher education.
  • Universities and colleges -- Administration.
  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula.
  • Universities and colleges -- Departments.
  • Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Administrative information and student policies, 2004-2017 

This series contains correspondence, forms, letter templates, handbooks, reports, memoranda, and statistical reports relating to undergraduate policies, academic standing, advising, registration, codes of conduct, and student demographic statistics.

Also included are reports and materials relating to the reorganization of the Bachelor's Program, in accordance with the overall reorganization of the New School for Social Research, in 2008.


Box Folder
Academic advising, 2007-2013 
1 5
Academic leave requests, 2007 
1 6
Academic standing, 2004-2017 
Digital files
Admissions data and recruitment, 2007 
1 7
Advising, 2009-2014 

This folder contains handbooks, flyers, guideline handouts, and correspondence related to faculty advising. Also included are digital files of multiple drafts of the Faculty Advisor Handbook (2011) and templates for letters to students regarding advisor assignments.

1 1-4
Digital files
Bachelor's Program reorganization, 2008-2009 

Contains reports and memoranda relating to the reorganization of the Bachelor's Program during The New School for Social Research's reconfiguration as The New School for Public Engagement (currently referred to as Schools of Public Engagement at The New School).

Divisional reorganization memoranda, 2009-2011 
1 8
Reports, 2008-2009 
1 9-10
Cohort 21, 2015-2016 
1 11
Combined BA and MA, 2009-2013 

Contains materials relating to The New School for Public Engagement's combined Bachelor's-Master' Status. The Bachelor’s-Master’s option enables students completing a BA or BS degree to earn graduate credits that will apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. The files consist of blank application forms; info sheets; acceptance and rejection letter templates; draft email blast text; and sample application essays.

Digital files
Course assistants, 2012 
1 13
Food Studies program poster for screening of The Infiltrators, 2019 Nov 6 
1 14
Grants, 1995-2010 

Contains proposals, correspondence, reports, and info sheets pertaining to grants applied to by The New School to external funding agencies.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2007-2010 

In 2007, the New School for General Studies received a three-year grant from the Sloan Foundation to develop undergraduate online curriculum and online resources for adult learners. This grant "enabled faculty members to receive online taining, to take part in a semester-long pedagogy workshop, and to make use of new pedagogical approaches and technologies" ("Summary of Sloan Foundation Report: Faculty Assessment"). These files contain grant proposals and reports, course and program evaluations, and supplemental materials for grant recipients.

Course evaluations, 2007-2009 
1 15
Course information, 2010 
1 16
Faculty assessments, 2010 
1 17
Farkas Duffett Research Group, 2010 

Consists of correspondence, reports, and survey results produced by the Farkas Duffett Research Group (FDR Group) as part of its mission to assess "whether student experiences in Sloan-funded courses varied from their exeriences in non-Sloan funded courses" (Source: correspondence from Ann M. Duffett, FDR Group)

1 18
General assessment, 2010 
1 19
Grant reports, 2008-2011 
1 20
Meetings, 2008-2010 

This material was largely created by Timothy Quigley, professor of philosophy.

1 21
Online curriculum development, 2007-2010 
1 22
Online resources, 2010 
1 23
Proposal, 2007 
1 24
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Urban Studies Initiative, 2005-2008 
General, 2005-2008 
1 25
CityLink website, 2007 
1 26
Distance Instruction for Adult Learning (DIAL), 1995-1999 

Contains reports, research materials, assessments, correspondence, and notes pertaining to The New School's applications for, and receipt of, a federal Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grants.

1 27
Info Sessions, 2010-2013 
Digital files
Internships, 2013 Aug 
1 28
New Student Orientation, 2011 
1 12
Orientation, 2010-2015 
Digital files
Part-time Faculty Load Policy, 1996 May 7 
1 29
Prior Learning, 2009-2014 
1 30
Digital files
Recognition Ceremony planning and remarks, 2011-2017 
1 31
Digital files
Reports, 1998-2015 
Art Collection Advisory Group, 2015 
1 32
Bob Kerry, President, Board of Trustees presentation. "Carrying Our Traditions Into the Future," 2008 
1 33
Divisional planning retreat, 2009-2010 
1 34
Faculty priorities (reports and correspondence), 2013 
1 35
Governance Task Force, 1998 
1 36
Program Review, 2005-2006 
1 37
Strategic Campaign Brief Template, 2015 
Digital files
Strategy, 2012-2013 
1 38
Student Data and Bachelors Program, 2001-2008 

Contains statistics regarding student enrollment demographics.

Digital files
Teaching Evaluation Committee (reports and recommendations), 2010 
1 39
Social Sciences Department: Income and enrollment reports, 2000-2008 
1 40-42
Student policies and handbooks, 2003-2017 

Contains documents pertaining to student academic and behavior policies, including drafts of the student handbook, FERPA reference materials, grade requirements, among others. Also included are materials related to independent study courses, including info sheets and course descriptions, as well as contracts and registration material.

Digital files
Student scholarships, 2010-2015 

Contains correspondence, letter templates, info sheets, and data analytic reports regarding undergraduate scholarships. The items pertain to general scholarships and items listing those available, as well as more detailed and expansive materials relating to the following scholarships: Alpha Sigma Lamda; the Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarship Program; Newcombe.

Digital files
Tuition and Fee Schedule 1995/96, 1995 Apr 5 
1 43

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Series II. Curriculum, 1997-2017 

This series contains documents and spreadsheets relating to curriculum development at BPATS, including "At a Glance" program reports, curriculum summaries and outlines, and registration and advising material. The material consists largely of physical, Excel, PDFs and Word doc files of curriculum descriptions, course catalogs, and course listings for the Bachelors Program, the New School for General Studies, the Riggio Fellows Program, Continuing Ed, and Parsons. For individual course syllabi, see Series V. Syllabi.

Box Folder
Concentrations, 1997-1999 

Contains correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, memoranda, and course lists and descriptions created as part of BPATS curriculum development initiatives.

1 44
Course catalogs, 2006-2012 

Includes draft and published PDF and Word doc versions of course catalogs for the Bachelors Program, the undergraduate BA, University Lectures, and summer programs.

Digital files
"Curriculum at a Glance," 2011-2014 

Consists of Excel spreadsheets containing basic information on course offerings arranged by semester.

Digital files
Curriculum Share, 2017 
Digital files
Continuing Education, 2016 
Digital files
Creative Writing, 2017 

Contains PDFs of the application and approval letter for the creation of the Writing BA program.

Digital files
Curriculum review, 2010-2013 
1 45
Digital files
Democracy & Cultural Pluralism, 1998-2001 
1 46
Gender and Culture Studies, 2011 
1 47
Historical Studies, 1998-2001 
1 48
Literature Concentration, 1998-2001 
1 49
Non-Liberal Arts/Liberal Arts course lists, 2003-2011 
1 50
Digital files
Online classes, 2014 
Digital files
Parsons School of Design, 2011-2012 
Digital files
Psychology concentration, 1997-2000 
2 1
Digital files
Riggio Writing & Democracy Program, 2012-2014 
Digital files
University Lectures, 2009-2012 
Digital files

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Series III. Faculty and staff meetings, 2009-2013 

This series contains documents of faculty meeting minutes and agendas from the Bachelors Program. This material includes both dated drafts of specific meetings as well as blank template forms.

Box Folder
Faculty minutes and agendas, 2009-2012 
Digital files
Handouts, 2009-2012 
Digital files
Staff minutes and agendas, 2009-2013 
Digital files

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Series IV. School of Undergraduate Studies, 2009-2019 

This series contains digital files of correspondence, office supply and maintenance orders and instructions, forms, printed material (pamphlets, brochures), and academic and student policy material for use by the staff in the main office of the School of Undergraduate Studies.

Box Folder
Academic Program Review Data Packet, 2019 Dec 5 
2 2
General Office Info and Handbooks, 2009-2016 
Digital files
Marketing information, 2014-17 
Digital files
Meeting minutes and agendas, 2012-2014 
Digital files
Non-Enrolling Student Surveys Analysis of Results, 2013 Apr 
2 3

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Series V. Syllabi, 1995-2014 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains physical copies and PDF files of syllabi from Liberal Arts and Social Science courses from 1995 to 2014. This series is divided into two sub-series: Physical and Digital. The Physical files are divided into Humanities and Social Sciences and, within these two divisions, arranged alphabetically by insructor last name. The Digital files are arranged by semester and department.

Disciplines and departments covered include: Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling Program; Anthropology, Architecture/Design, Art, Art History, Creative Arts and Health, Creative Arts Therapy, Cultural Studies, Economics, Food Studies, History, Humanities, Literature, Management, Media Studies, Music, Music History & Theatre, Performing Arts and Movement, Philosophy, Politics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Culture, Religion, Social Sciences, Sociology, TIPS, Urban Design, Urban Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, Writing.

Please note that not every subject and department is represented in every year.


Box Folder
Physical, 1995-2008 
Humanities, 1995-2008 
A through Bern, 1996-2007 
2 4
Bills through Birns, Margaret, 1995-2007 
2 5
Birns, Nicholas, through Bloom, 1996-2007 
2 6
Brooks through Daniel, 1999-2007 
2 7
Dan through Gib, 1999-2006 
2 8
Gor through Grant, 2000-2007 
2 9
Green through Gut, 2000-2006 
2 10
Hal through Holl, 2000-2008 
2 11
Hon through Mairs, 2001-2007 
2 12
Mas through Mos, 1999-2007 
2 13
Moul through Pel, 1997-2007 
2 14
Qia through Ros, 1998-2007 
2 15
Rott through Rub, 2000-2008 
2 16
Rug through Sal, 1996-2007 
2 17
Sot through Ten, 2000-2007 
2 18
Tun through Wall, 2001-2007 
2 19
War through Zin, 1998-2007 
2 20
Former Instructors, 1997-2006 
A through Mc, 2000-2007 
2 21
Men through Per, 1999-2006 
3 1
Piv through Wright, 1997-2004 
3 2
Social Sciences, 1995-2006 
A through Bar, 1997-2003 
3 3
Bea thorugh Bla, 1996-2003 
3 4
Blu through Coh, 1995-2004 
3 5
Coi through Dul, 1996-2004 
3 6
E through Feld, 1998-2006 
3 7
Fin thorugh Gerb, 1999-2004 
3 8
Gerl through Gui, 1998-2006 
3 9
H through J, 1997-2002 
3 10
Kaj through Koh, 1998-2005 
3 11
Kol through Koohi, 1997-2003 
3 12
Koor through L, 1997-2006 
3 13
M, 1993-2003 
3 14
N through Ra, 1995-2003 
3 15
Re through Ru, 1996-2005 
3 16
Sa through Sim, 1996-2003 
3 17
Smi through Stu, 1999-2003 
3 18
Sut thorugh Wag, 1998-2005 
3 19
Wal through Zel, 1997-2003 
3 20
Digital, 2009-2014 

Accessible on site only in the New School Archives.

Digital files

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/26/2020

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