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Goal 3: Strengthen FIT as a Creative Hub

Initiative Task

Cross- Cutting Initiative 3.1

Develop industry-leading and financially successful programs of executive education. 

3.1.1

Move the Executive Education program from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to the School of Graduate Studies.    

 

3.1.2 – New Task (2008)

Create a mission and vision statement for the Executive Education program along with  a long-range plan to assure alignment with the School of Graduate Studies’ and the College’s broader strategic goals.

Cross-Cutting Initiative 3.2

Promote FIT as a creative hub.

3.2.1

Convene a faculty/administration working group to investigate and coordinate activities designed to promote FIT as a creative hub.

 

3.2.2 – New Task  (2008)

In collaboration with the Office of Communications and External Relations, promote our presence on Seventh Avenue by hanging flags, similar to those hung at other colleges and cultural institutions, around the perimeter of our buildings.  In addition, place flat screens that market the College in the lobby windows. 

3.2.3

Build a research center and lab for business and design to be housed in the School of Graduate Studies. 

 

3.2.3a New Task (Fall 2009)

Build a research center and lab for business and design to be housed in the School of Graduate Studies.  This should include a fully developed plan for a “Hub for Creative Research”, inclusive of a new corporation charged with providing fiscal oversight for research and development projects housed within the “Hub.”                     

Cross-Cutting Initiative 3.3

Enhance the use of technology in and outside the classroom.

3.3.1

Develop a broadly conceived digital repository to serve both industry and the schools:

  • Create a committee to prepare plan;
  • Implement plan.

 

3.3.2

Develop a strategy for increasing technology utilization:

  • Create a committee to prepare plan;
  • Implement plan.  

School of Graduate Studies Initiative 3.1

Reconfigure the School to promote both advanced study and research. 

3.1.1

Recruit and appoint a Dean for the School of Graduate Studies with the ability to lead research and grow programs of advanced study.

Museum 3.1

Develop The Museum at FIT to actively support the work of scholars, students and others in the fulfillment of a creative hub.

3.1.1

Convene a committee to develop a plan for The Museum at FIT to support FIT as a creative hub:

  • Position the Museum as a world-class museum of fashion;
  • Increase the Museum’s visibility and influence through an expanded array of programs that make it an internationally-recognized, interdisciplinary “think tank;”
  • Integrate the Museum into the life of the College by strengthening its support of scholars, designers, industry leaders, faculty, students and others;
  • Aggressively develop an outstanding permanent collection of fashion and textiles, which the Museum conserves, documents, exhibits, and interprets for the purposes of inspiring creativity and advancing knowledge.

Museum 3.2

Position the Museum as a destination (physically and virtually) for a broad public.

3.2.1

Refine the Museum’s mission statement.  

Museum 3.3

Increase the Museum’s visibility and influence via expanded programs that elevate FIT to an internationally-recognized interdisciplinary “think tank.”

3.3.1

Incorporate visibility and influence via expanded programs into the Museum’s strategic plan, which is available in the Museum.

3.3.2

Conduct market research; survey museum audiences. 

Library Initiative 3.1

Develop the library to actively support the work of scholars, students and others in the fulfillment of a creative hub.

3.1.1

Convene a committee to develop a plan for the library to support FIT as a creative hub:

  • Identify appropriate directions that support FIT’s academic goals, as described in its strategic plan;
  • Set directions for financial and human resource allocations;
  • Propose goals and set metrics. 

Continuing and Professional Studies Initiative 3.1

Schedule of public programs, events, lectures, exhibitions and celebrations to feature FIT as a cultural and artistic destination for NYC community, to include partnerships with NYC museums and cultural institutions.

NOTE:  In Summer ’11, the Dean of Continuing Education left the College.  Directors in the School have been reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs who is assessing the Schools mission, and activities in order to recommend an optimum structure for the School

3.1.1

Work on a partnership with Kraft Foods to mentor underserved youths in New York City and provide corporate internships to FIT students that will culminate in a public relations event.

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