Preserving Quality Learning
During a Lang faculty meeting on February 11, New School Provost Tim Marshall said that, despite increases in enrollment, he and other administrators and faculty are committed to maintaining high quality education at The New School, which prides itself on small class sizes.
Enrollment growth has been most apparent at Eugene Lang College, with a 48.5 percent increase in the past five years, and at Parsons, with a 46.6 percent increase in the same time period. In 2004, Lang only had 969 students enrolled, but the school grew to 1,439 students by 2009.
"I don't see the recent enrollment increases—and my program has seen some of the biggest around the university—as an automatically bad thing," wrote Robb in an e-mail to the *Free Press*. "It might make things worse in certain classes; but it might actually make some class activites easier or richer; or it might just be different—apples and oranges. It all depends on the particular case," he added.
"The challenge is to diversify interests, to balance and manage the attention paid to all areas of Parsons," Towers said.