Initiatives

Campus Reopening

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, Cornell reopened for the fall 2020 semester with public health as its primary consideration. After months of planning, including epidemiological studies and development of a high-volume testing lab, the campus reopened with a hybrid approach to a residential semester (with in-person, online, and hybrid teaching modalities), an extensive surveillance testing program, and a revised academic calendar allowing students to return home for Thanksgiving to finish the semester remotely.

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Online Learning

Across the disciplines, Cornell faculty are employing the latest technologies and new research on effective teaching to excite and engage students. With growing expertise in online learning, the university is expanding both combined in-person and online classes for current students and external education programs. Led by the Office of the Provost and eCornell, external education includes professional certificates, executive education, and lifelong learning programs.

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School of Public Policy and Super-Departments

Building on the Provost’s Review of the Social Sciences, Cornell has announced it will develop a School of Public Policy as well as new cross-college super-departments in psychology and sociology. The existing super-department in economics will also be expanded. These initiatives will elevate Cornell’s excellence and prominence in public policy and will foster collaboration among faculty in core social science disciplines who are currently based in multiple colleges.

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Cornell University Core Values

Among the recommendations set forth in the 2017-18 academic year by both the Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate and the Provost’s Task Force to Enhance Faculty Diversity was the creation of a university-wide statement reaffirming our core values. In fall 2019, the university adopted a set of core values that will serve as the foundation for a more equitable and inclusive atmosphere for all on our campuses.

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Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

The university leadership and the Ithaca campus community have collectively identified a number of initiatives and activities focused on creating a more inclusive and welcoming campus. Many were proposed by the Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate and the Provost’s Task Force to Enhance Faculty Diversity, both of which did their work during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate

Since its founding, Cornell has aspired to be a diverse and inclusive university. Our founding principles continue to inspire and guide us, and when the experience of the community fails to reflect these goals, we must redouble our efforts to create the kind of environment we seek.

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President’s Visioning Committee: Cornell in New York City

As Cornell explores how to capitalize on our expanding New York City footprint, we must first and foremost look to ideas that complement, enhance, and enrich work done in Ithaca. The goal of this faculty committee is to envision what Cornell’s presence in New York City might look like over the next decade. This is intentionally a “visioning” committee, with no guarantee for the resources to implement the specific vision that arises. By giving voice to the imagination of our faculty, we can chart a path, determine what is desirable and feasible, and identify or generate resources to execute the vision.

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