NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies to Offer Noncredit Certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking

New Program to Provide Sought-After Skill Sets for Those Interested in Launching, Advancing, or Changing Careers

NEW YORK, January 28, 2013 – The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) will introduce a new noncredit certificate program in Critical and Creative Thinking, starting in Spring 2013.

The five-course Certificate consists of two core classes, Essentials of Critical Thinking and Essentials of Creative Thinking, and three electives from either the Critical Thinking or the Creative Thinking focus. Each focus offers courses drawn from across the School, in disciplines such as business, philosophy, and the arts. Elective topics in Critical Thinking range from Decisions, Dynamics, and Leadership Styles to Competitive Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Competitive Advantage. Electives in Creative Thinking include Signs and Symbols: Reading Art and Conceptualization. Students can choose to take all electives from one of the two focus areas, or they may choose electives from a combination of both areas.

The program was developed to address employers’ concerns about college graduates’ preparedness for the demands of the workplace. According to a survey conducted in 2011 by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Universities (ACICS), which was covered by The Chronicle of Higher Education, “less than 10 percent of employers thought colleges did an ‘excellent’ job of preparing students for work. Nearly 30 percent said finding the right applicant has grown harder in the past few years. On all hiring criteria included in the survey, such as adaptability and critical thinking, applicants were performing below employers' expectations.”

“Together, critical and creative thinking enable and promote a whole-minded thinking with the two complementary halves of the brain,” said Terry Shtob, academic director of the NYU-SCPS Humanities, Arts, and Writing Division. “This program underscores essential skills for professional and personal development – skills that must not only be learned, but continuously honed.”

The Certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking delivers skills that develop, broaden, and strengthen the capacity for thinking incisively and imaginatively. Tools of critical thinking allow students to analyze points of view, to use sound reasoning, to evaluate and refine the most promising ideas, to construct persuasive arguments, and to become more conscious of their own and others’ thinking. Creative thinking tools and techniques push professionals’ thinking in new directions, releasing imagination and generating innovative ideas.

For more information about the Certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking, or to register, call
212-998-7150, or click here.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.