Resolution J701-2013

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Teachers College, Columbia University



  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Teachers
College, Columbia University

WHEREAS, The State of New York is renowned for its centuries-old  tradi-
tion of excellence and diversity in education and for the place of para-
mount importance which education holds for the people of the State; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend institutions of commitment and high achievement,  whose  purpose
and  endeavors  are  dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education
and service to community; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and in full accord with  its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Teachers College, Columbia University, upon the occasion  of  the  cele-
bration of its 125th Anniversary on Monday, March 4, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Teachers  College  is an icon, established two decades after
the Emancipation Proclamation, and during a time of massive  immigration
and change in New York City; like the Statue of Liberty, which was dedi-
cated  in 1886, Teachers College has served as a beacon for the changing
population through its mission and vision, preparing the New York  popu-
lation for the future; and
  WHEREAS, Teachers College is the oldest and largest graduate school of
education  in  the  United  States and also perennially ranked among the
nation's best; the College is committed to a vision  of  education  writ
large, encompassing its four core areas of expertise: health, education,
leadership and psychology; and
  WHEREAS, Teachers College sees its leadership role in two complementa-
ry  arenas;  one  is  as  a major player in policy-making to ensure that
schools are reformed and restructured to welcome all students regardless
of their socio-economic circumstances, and the  other  is  in  preparing
educators  who  not  only  serve  students  directly, but coordinate the
educational, psychological, behavioral, technological, and health initi-
atives to remove barriers to learning at all ages; and
  WHEREAS, Teachers College's past accomplishments constitute  a  living
legacy, a foundation from which it is once again meeting society's needs
and anticipating the needs of the future; its three highly complementary
and  interrelated  areas of study -- education, psychology and health --
span more than 60 programs of study; and
  WHEREAS, Teachers  College  graduates  go  on  to  pursue  careers  in
psychology, social and behavioral sciences, health and health promotion,
educational policy, technology, international and comparative education,
as well as education and educational leadership; and
  WHEREAS,  The  success enjoyed by Teachers College is in direct corre-
lation to the efforts  of  a  skilled  staff  and  administration  whose
involvement  is  and has been characterized by an impressive commitment,
an unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising standard of excellence in
all its endeavors on behalf of the College and the population it serves;
  WHEREAS, Teachers College stands prepared to reach out in earnest  and
enthusiastic  quest  of  its  mission,  proudly aware of its history and
planning with vision and purpose to meet the challenges of  the  future;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  it  is  with immense pride that this Legislative Body
pauses in its deliberations to  commemorate  the  125th  Anniversary  of
Teachers  College,  Columbia University, fully confident that its future
will be as distinguished as is its past; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Teachers College, Columbia University.


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