This site offers helpful information to highlight and assist our undergraduate faculty members.The Office of the Dean of the College is responsible for the undergraduate academic program and for supporting the faculty and staff who bring it to life. The Dean's Office upholds the faculty governance structure of the College while overseeing the undergraduate curriculum and leading discussions of pedagogical and curricular innovation. Our office provides both opportunities and resources designed to encourage members of the Bard faculty to pursue their finest work.
Message from the Dean, October 7, 2022:
Program-specific course fees at Bard
To Bard students, faculty, staff and administrators--
Providing equitable access to resources for Bard undergraduates has guided constructive conversations among faculty and students at the level of academic programs and divisions as well as with college administrators for some time now.
An urgent focus on bridging the gap between grants/financial aid/loans and the cost of attendance at Bard has brought together many in our community. Student-initiated and led groups--most particularly the Socioeconomics and the Lived Experience (SCALE) Project--have responded creatively and with integrity to provide much-needed resources as well as information about dedicated funds, class fee waivers, internship and employment opportunities to their peers. The Student Support Relief Fund (SSRF), founded in 2020 as an emergency response to COVID and associated financial stress, continues to evolve and grow as student needs also change (https://www.bard.edu/covid19/students/emergency-fund/).
In that spirit, the College has worked progressively to mitigate hidden or unexpected costs associated with particular courses and programs. As of spring 2023, students will no longer be billed for program-specific course fees, specifically fees connected to Studio Arts and Photography courses. Ensuring equitable access to learning--across all subjects and with real awareness of the many challenges individual students face--continues to engage our best efforts as an institution.
Thanks to OEI, the Dean of Inclusive Excellence, individual donors, Bard’s CFO and finance office, SCALE Project leaders, the Faculty Executive Committee, CCE, and Studio Arts and Photography faculty for their advocacy and support of this initiative.
Thanks to the generosity of alumni/ae, parents, and friends to Bard's endowment campaign we are able to eliminate barriers to access to a Bard education for current and future students.
Dean of the College