As another year draws to a close, I’d like to take the time to reflect on the many changes that have occurred in our community. Pace has turned an important corner in the past few years. Our core enrollment continues to rise; our talented faculty provides high-quality education to our students; we have strong, innovative academic leadership; and our administrative staff remains deeply committed to the University and our students. We also have a strong vision for the future of the University—one that has been taking shape over the last year and will continue to evolve in the years to come.
In the last week, we have held events on both the Pleasantville and New York City campuses to share the first-year results of the Strategic Plan implementation with faculty, staff, and students and to discuss both successes to date and plans moving forward. If you were unable to attend the events, you can read the highlights in this issue of Opportunitas and visit our Strategic Plan website for updates.
If we are successful in executing the new Strategic Plan, Pace University will be a different place. We will have built on existing strengths and addressed issues that are keeping us from reaching our full potential. This is what Pace will look like—although we are well on our way, we are not there yet:
Educating Thinking Professionals—Pace fully leverages our blend of liberal and professional education. The curriculum is amplified by continual innovation, the creative use of technology, interdisciplinary techniques, and exposure to real-world experiences. The faculty is central to achieving our mission.
Greater Potential—As thinking professionals, our graduates understand the substance and skills of their chosen careers and the broader significance of their decisions and actions as well. They get better jobs, make better decisions, are more effective, and have more successful lives.
The Strength of Diversity—The diversity of our community is a central part of the Pace experience. The wide range of cultures and backgrounds, coupled with significant exposure to international experiences, fosters illuminating debate and deeper understanding. The multi-campus structure of the University offers not only different lifestyle and extra-academic experiences—urban and suburban—but also different intellectual and academic strengths.
Continuous Movement Toward Greater Excellence—We are devoted to continual progress toward greater excellence and to quality service for students and their families, and for faculty, staff, and alumni. We continually assess our progress and shortfalls and take corrective action to generate continuous improvement. Our spirit is can-do, get it done, now is better than later.
Access and Connections—Pace is a mutually supportive community of teachers, scholars, students, staff, and alumni. We offer our students and faculty a unique level of access to inspiring leaders and respected workplaces through both alumni and friends. Pace alumni are an integral part of the Pace Community. They serve as a valuable source of advice, ideas, financial support, and mentoring for our students. Pace promotes regular dialogue between the academy and broader society on the leading cultural, political, social, economic, and professional issues of our time. This dialogue informs and helps shape the curriculum and the scholarly work of our faculty.
Financial Strength—Our financial condition gives our faculty and staff the resources and flexibility to innovate and experiment. Our campuses and facilities support a superb education with modern and attractive facilities and technology. We are compensated so as to attract and retain a high level of talent.
I look forward to seeing further advances to realizing this vision for Pace and our community in the new year and know it would not be possible without your hard work and dedication. I wish you all much warmth and happiness during the holiday season and throughout the new year.
Stephen J. Friedman