All Pace University campuses are poised for transformative physical and academic changes. In particular, the Pleasantville Campus, which will celebrate its 50th birthday this fall, will get new dorms, athletic facilities, and landscaping. This will give students all the modern amenities of a “traditional” American campus, along with the advantage of easy access to the urban opportunities offered by New York City. On the academic front, a number of new programs are actively being planned to further enhance Pace’s strong and long-standing reputation for providing excellent professional education.
The road map for achieving academic excellence in Pleasantville will incorporate pedagogic innovation and programmatic diversity. The educational experience will be enhanced via an application-oriented curriculum stressing high-impact activities: application and integration of knowledge; undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities; international experiences; service learning and civic engagement; experiential learning including internships, practicums, clinical or field work. Pleasantville students will be advised and encouraged to spend a semester in New York City, taking classes at the downtown campus, and benefitting from an urban experience to expand their horizons. The development of signature academic programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and the related increase in research emphasis, will attract high quality faculty, raise the intellectual excitement, and substantially increase national visibility.
The result will be a stimulating, personalized, broad-based, liberal arts and sciences education, including real-world experiences, which will prepare highly employable thinking professionals. Implementation of the above ideas in the coming years will make Pace University the largest, best-recognized, private institution of higher education in Westchester County. Let us all work together to make this achievable vision a definite reality!
Uday Sukhatme, ScD