Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation

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Our Mission

The Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation’s mission is to provide leadership for innovative program development through collaborative partnerships, detailed research, exceptional support services, and utilization of best practices.

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The Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation works collaboratively with administration, faculty, staff, and students to promote ideas to advance academic innovation, optimize new program development processes, and promote innovative initiatives of The Graduate Center’s academic programs, centers, and institutes.

Our Goals

We aim to:

  • create & nurture partnerships within and around the The Graduate Center; while actively seeking to foster creative engagement among faculty, staff, and students.
  • provide leadership and lend support to current programs and help to develop new programs; ultimately to expand the reach of The Graduate Center to larger numbers of the public and students, for those who seek to access The Graduate Center’s intellectual strengths.
  • improve processes and eliminate barriers in order to create new and support existing degree and non-degree, non-credit programs.
  • encourage existing relationships and forge new global partnerships to expand The Graduate Center’s intellectual reach.
  • continue to provide leadership for the CUNY Baccalaureate program, CUNY’s unique University-wide individualized degree program.

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Unique Programs

Our offerings

The Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation provides leadership for the CUNY Baccalaureate program, develops new public programs through collaborative partnerships, detailed research, exceptional support services, and utilization of best practices. 

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CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies

CUNY BA is the University-wide, individualized degree. It’s an exciting, versatile, rewarding degree route for highly-motivated, self-directed students whose academic goals transcend traditional majors. Students create their own degree plans working directly with faculty mentors and academic advisors.

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GothamEd: Online Courses in New York City History

GothamEd presents online courses in New York City history, designed to serve a range of backgrounds and purposes — from those who are generally interested and looking for a compact introduction, to avid buffs in search of a much deeper dive.

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Lifelong Peer Learning Program

The Lifelong Peer Learning Program (LP2) is based on a model of adult continuing education known as peer learning. Students from various backgrounds share the responsibility for designing, teaching, and participating in weekly noncredit study groups that mirror the content and structure of college courses.

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Language Reading Program

The mission of the Language Reading Program is to teach students from CUNY, other schools, and all walks of life to read texts in languages other than English, and to translate them into idiomatic English, so students can meet their graduate program language proficiency requirements and achieve their goals for personal or professional development.

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The Writers' Institute

The Writers' Institute introduces talented writers to New York’s finest and most prestigious editors. Ambition and creativity are the mainstays of our workshops. Our goal is to encourage students to find their own literary voice. With the rewarding guidance that a senior industry-insider offers, students will be able to explore the extraordinary range of possibilities offered by the print media world.

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Upcoming Events

Recent News

Jul 14, 2021

A Different Kind of Retirement Community

For retirees looking for a pastime that is both intellectual and social, the Lifelong Peer Learning Program, based in New York City at the CUNY Graduate Center, may be the perfect fit.

Jan 27, 2020

Welcome to the Spring Semester

We begin spring semester with wonderful additions to our faculty, news of important grants, and updates on items of significance to our community.

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