Update on Academic and Financial Planning

March 05, 2013

I am pleased to announce that the Full Faculty of The School of Art at The Cooper Union voted earlier today to adopt the proposals submitted to the President and presented to The Board of Trustees on December 5, 2012.

The language of the vote follows:

The Faculty of The School of Art votes to endorse the vote taken by the Full-time faculty on Feb. 28, 2013, which was forwarded to the Dean of the School of Art, the President, and the Board of Trustees, and votes to adopt the attached proposals.

The Art School's report, along with those of the other schools, will be reviewed by the full Board at the Board meeting tomorrow. The Board will also consider other options to ensure financial sustainability while also building a future characterized by academic excellence and a distinctive vision. As I have indicated in my previous memo, the details surrounding all major decisions will be announced later in the month; however, the Board will issue a memo following the Board meeting to communicate the decisions that are made on March 6th.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.