Dear Chair and Commissioners,
As the Interim Dean of the College of Nursing (NYUCN) at New York University, I take this opportunity to offer comments supporting the NYU 2031 Plan. An academic program since 1932 that began as two courses in the Physical Education Department in the School of Education, today's College of Nursing ranks in the top 5% of nursing programs in the country. Established as a College of Nursing at the College of Dentistry in 2005, NYUCN reflects a school within a school model.
Currently located at Washington Square, the College of Nursing will be moving to the Health Science Corridor on First Avenue and 26th Street in 2015. We have broken ground on our new building which will be the home for the College of Nursing. It will also be an interprofessional urban teaching-learning community because we will be joined by our colleagues from the College of Dentistry and NYU/Poly as occupants of that building.
Our move to First Avenue vacates significant space in the NYU Core including office space conference rooms, research space, and clinical simulation laboratory space. It also vacates an extensive amount of classroom space in the Silver Building, Bobst Library and Meyer Hall that is used by our undergraduate and graduate students on a year round basis given that our curricula are 12 month programs. All teaching-learning activities, research programs, conference rooms, faculty and administrative offices, admissions, student affairs, will be located at our new building on First Avenue.
Although vacating this space will be important to the university, the need for space continues as key ingredients to attracting a global talent pool of students, faculty, and programs of academic excellence. The NYU 2031 plan provides a strategic approach to incremental expansion, a significant component of which is in Brooklyn. The proposed increase in square footage on the core Washington Square Campus, represents a matrix of repurposed and new space essential to maintaining NYU’s global position as a preeminent research university.
As an NYU academic leader and double alumna, I urge you to suppor the NYU 2031 proposal, a plan designed to support academic excellence.
Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Interim Dean, College of Nursing
The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing