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Cooper Union Art School Agrees to Explore Revenue Options

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Cooper Union (Daniel P. Tucker/WNYC)

The fate of Cooper Union's art school is apparently no longer in doubt.

Sources tell WNYC that faculty members agreed to cooperate with Cooper Union's plan to find new sources of revenue, and that the school will accept a new class of art students this fall.

Cooper Union has been tuition-free since its founding in 1859. But the prestigious school said it was in financial trouble. The school asked the faculty of its art, engineering and architecture programs to come up with new ways of raising money.

But faculty at the art school didn't want to sign on to anything that could lead to charging tuition. Last month, they feared the institution had retaliated against them, by not accepting any art school students who sought an early decision for the fall. 

Some of the ideas for raising revenue include charging for graduate classes or certificate programs, and holding summer classes for high school students.

The board of trustees will meet Wednesday, but the school will says any major decisions will be announced later this month.

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Students for a Free Cooper Union

Here's some context and a timeline of events leading up to this decision. The side of the story that is not the administration's press release: http://cusos.org/students-rally-in-unity-as-board-meets-in-secret/

Mar. 06 2013 09:24 PM
Richard Stock

"The school asked the faculty of its art, engineering and architecture programs to come up with new ways of raising money." That's a little misleading, the faculty in each school were told that if they did not cooperate the Trustees would close their schools. That is called extortion. The story is very much more complex than you suggest. Like Adriana I ask - some investigative reporting, please.

Mar. 06 2013 06:29 PM
Adriana Farmiga from EV

@WNYC, no offense, but this is sloppy reporting. You're coming in a *little* late in the game to report on something that has so much more context and history to it. Where have you been for the last 6 months?? Where's the investigative reporting? Art in America, WaPo, NYT, AP, Hyperallergic, Reuters, to name a few, have run circles around you on this.

Please.

Mar. 06 2013 11:01 AM

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