Public Engagement


  • Innovative, Action Oriented, and Engaged

    The Milano School is widely recognized for its innovative approach to educating leaders who make a measurable difference. Its activities focus on addressing complex real-world problems in cities, organizations, and communities. Milano's approach is both comparative and global, with a commitment to the achievement of a just and equitable world.

    Milano blends critical theory with hands-on practice, progressive thinking with social engagement, and research with reflection in action. The unparalleled faculty of scholars and practitioners employ multidisciplinary, critical approaches that challenge prevailing wisdom. Milano graduates lead public, private, and nongovernmental institutions around the world and in New York City.

    The Milano School's Center for New York City Affairs conducts applied research and convenes public programs, promoting dialogue on pressing issues of interest.

    A Brief History of Milano

    Robert J. Milano (1912-2000) grew up in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan and attended public school and university in New York, majoring in business administration and financial law. He later attended classes at The New School for Social Research.

    Mr. Milano served on the Board of Trustees of The New School from 1976 to 2000. Previously he had been a member of the advisory board of the J.M. Kaplan Center and was vice chair of the Visiting Committee to the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy from 1975 to 1983.

    Mr. Milano was involved in transforming The New School into a major urban university with a distinct orientation to public service and the arts, providing financial support for increased undergraduate scholarships, paid faculty leaves, venture capital grants to stimulate innovative academic programs, a student residence hall, and an undergraduate student center.

    The Center for New York City Affairs was founded in 1964 as the first teaching and research center in the United States devoted to the study of a single metropolitan area. Part of the center evolved into the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, which in 1996 was renamed in honor of long-time New School trustee Robert J. Milano. The Milano curriculum has always encouraged creative thinking designed to effect progressive social, economic, and political change. The school's nearly 8,000 graduates lead organizations, programs, and policymaking entities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    About John Clinton, Interim Dean of Milano 

    John Clinton is the interim dean of the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment and associate professor of environmental policy and sustainability management.

    He led the development of the Master of Science program in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at Milano and served as its founding director. During his service on the New School Faculty Senate, he chaired its Academic Policy Committee and the Senate’s task force on sustainable and socially responsible design and construction. He also chaired the Milano faculty working group on sustainability, served on the inaugural grantmaking board of the university Green Fund and on the New School Sustainability Advisory Committee, and has served as faculty advisor to the student organizations Net Impact, Students for Animal Rights, and the Sustainable Cities Club. He was the lead faculty for Milano in the Solar Decathlon, an international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy calling for contestants to design and build a model house that is environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable, in which The New School was a finalist and won the Affordability Competition; subsequently, the house became a residence through Habitat for Humanity and was recognized with the DC Mayor’s Sustainability Award. Clinton has also served as chair of the Environmental Studies program, acting chair of the Human Resource Management program, and special advisor to the provost as well as affiliated faculty at the Parsons DESIS Lab and the Tishman Environment and Design Center.

    Clinton has served as corporation senior consultant on social responsibility at MetLife, vice president of the NGO Lighthouse International, and an administrator at New York University, Fordham University, and Hartwick College. As a practitioner in philanthropy and civil society organizations, he has advised foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and higher education institutions, including the Ford and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS, and the College Board, and served as vice chairman of the Contributions Advisory Group, a network of major corporate philanthropic programs, and a member of the steering committee of the National Interprofessional Education and Training Network. Clinton has taught at NYU, Iona College, and Long Island University. Clinton received a BA from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from Northwestern University, and a PhD from Fordham University.

  • Accreditation

    The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 216.284.5000). MSCHE is a regional accreditor and federally recognized body. The New School has been accredited by MSCHE since 1960. All degree programs at the New York City campus of The New School are registered by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234; 518.474.1551). Both NYSED and MSCHE provide assurance to students, parents, and all stakeholders that The New School meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance. For more information, visit Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations.

    The MS in Public and Urban Policy is accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration).