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York City), nutrition, and occupational therapy, as well as a PhD in Nursing. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, as noted above, is experiencing very high growth in its MS in Computer Science and MS in Information Systems in New York City, and graduated its first PhD in Computer Science recipient this fall. To meet the educational market’s needs, the School of Education now offers a 24-credit online Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies for School Business Learners, an additional early childhood certificate for students who have obtained childhood degrees, and additional certification in TESOL or bilingual extension for in-service teachers.

Pace Path We continue to be very excited about our new Pace Path co-curricular program, which is designed to help students make their college experience more purposeful and to teach a broad range of “soft skills” essential for successful careers and lives. One important leg of this program involves a group of alumni mentors who will help

students understand the way in which their academic and real-world professional experiences inform each other and the non-academic paths to success in life. The mentorship program was piloted last year with 30 Lubin alumni mentors. This year it has been expanded to 150 Dyson, Lubin, and Seidenberg alumni. As we learn more each year, the number of alumni mentors will grow until every junior and senior has a mentor who is familiar with the student’s chosen profession. Another equally important leg of this program is the Early Start Pace Path program. The Early Start program helps admitted Pace students get a head start on their Pace Path journey with bridge courses to smooth the transition to college-level mathematics. The Early Start program also offers an early immersion component to help students acclimate more comfortably to the college environment.

The Thinking Professional We often talk about the role of Pace in educating thinking professionals. We like that phrase because it expresses the



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notion that there is a consistency between critical and independent thinking—one of the most important outcomes of liberal education—and professional preparation. Pace has always believed that a liberal education—including wide exposure to the arts and sciences, humanities, and social sciences—is an essential underpinning of effective professional education and preparation. As a student’s knowledge of both liberal learning and the meaning of professionalism deepens, each illuminates the other in an increasingly important way. Much of professional education at Pace is concerned with the structure and effectiveness of social and economic controls. If those “rules” and “processes” are viewed only as technical matters, uninformed by wider and deeper knowledge of ethics, human nature, and political and social behaviors, the result is sometimes a cynical willingness to manipulate the rules for private gain or advantage. Thinking professionals understand the broader implications of their actions and decisions. They have the capacity to lead.

As always, we are deeply grateful to our trustees for their multiple contributions to the future of Pace. One trustee, Charles Jordan, stepped down at the end of his term last May. We are very grateful to Charlie for his years of service as a trustee and his many contributions to the effective governance of the University. We wish to thank all our trustees for their wisdom and guidance, their support when difficult decisions must be made, their dedication to the mission of this University, their financial support, and their joy in the contributions Pace makes to the lives of our students.

Leadership Report 2016, Pace Magazine