Strategic Goals

civil engineering students

STUDENT SUCCESS We recruit and admit exceptionally talented and diverse students, provide an environment that fosters student success and inspire them to achieve their full-potential and apply their expertise and leadership skills for the benefit of society and humanity.

EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE The Albert Nerken School of Engineering is a recognized leader in undergraduate math, science, and engineering education and innovation. Our majors are nationally accredited and highly regarded within the community of higher education. The School of Engineering is a model learning community that fosters creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and civic engagement through experiential, project-based, and interdisciplinary learning.

EXCEPTIONAL TEAM Our faculty and staff are an exceptional team of professionals who are collaborative, supportive, and serve as role models and mentors for professional and personal growth. Each member makes their personal best contributions to our mission while simultaneously valuing the contributions of others.

POSITIVE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE Our culture prizes initiative, innovation, and accomplishment for the team, underpinned by enthusiasm for learning in all our disciplines. Our organization is kind and fair to people, assigning work equitably, honoring preference, recognizing, and rewarding excellence and enabling continued professional success.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION The Albert Nerken School of Engineering values, encourages, promotes, and celebrates all aspects of human differences, fostering a culture that embraces a broad variety of personal circumstances, experiences, perspectives, and opinions.

ENHANCE RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS We will work relentlessly to become tuition-free and financially resilient. We will constantly pursue the effective and efficient use of human, financial, and facility resources. We will be a model of shared governance and operate in a transparent and inclusive way.

IMPACTFUL ENGAGEMENT Our faculty, staff, and students are leaders who engage in civil discourse and engagement on important civic issues. We positively influence and impact our professions and our community.

  • 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.