Aug 25, 2019  
2017-2018 School of New Resources 
2017-2018 School of New Resources [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Program Features

Core Program in the Liberal Arts

The Core Program forms the basis of a New Resources education. Process, content, and conscious reflection are integrated to transform the liberal arts into the life arts.

The Core Seminars are designed to meet the needs of adult learners by providing exposure to and exploration of subject areas beyond the confines of a single discipline. This is implemented by using the seminar method to discuss subjects already familiar to students. It is the student’s desire or need to know more about the topic that promotes further study utilizing the methodologies of particular disciplines. The purpose of the Core Seminars is to provide students with an integrative and experiential understanding of the range of the liberal arts. Each Core Seminar awards six credits and requires students to complete a Life Arts Project.

An introductory seminar, Experience, Learning and Identity, is designed for entering students; four seminars introduce the academic areas of the liberal arts, and an exit seminar, Ways of Knowing, is designated for learners near the completion of their degrees:

Seminar Subject Area Discipline
Experience, Learning and Identity Ourselves as Learners Liberal Arts
Human Body Our Physical and
Psychological Selves
Life Sciences
Urban Community The City as Social
Social Sciences
American Experience The Cultural Expression
of Our National Experience
Science and Human Values Technology, Science &
Our Value Systems
Physical Sciences Humanities
Ways of Knowing Theoretical Perspectives
and the Disciplines
Liberal Arts

The goal of each Core Seminar is to provide a context in which students can develop a personal and historical awareness of their potential, and increase their resources for participation in society. Emphasis is placed on dialogue among the community of learners in each class. Research, writing, and speaking skills are also developed, as well as independent learning skills.

All Core Seminars are offered regularly at all campuses.

Communication Skills

Successful participation in and enjoyment of college work depend on the ability to communicate clearly and coherently. To this end, the School has developed a comprehensive English program. Applicants complete an assessment prior to registration to determine which English course(s) will best meet their needs. Placement in English courses is based on demonstrated competency rather than previous course work.

In accordance with the goal of the English sequence, students are expected to master standard written English and to develop critical reading and research skills. The achievement of these competencies will be assessed between the 13th and 15th week of the course, Modes of Analysis. Students who do not successfully meet the holistic cut off score on the assessment will be required to repeat the course, Modes of Analysis.

While most students are required to complete at least Translating Experience into Essay and Modes of Analysis, the English program offers a variety of credit and non-credit classes and tutorial opportunities to assist students in strengthening communication skills. In addition, students may elect to take Oral Communication. Students are advised to complete their required sequence in English within the first 36 credits.

Computer Literacy

The School seeks to expose its adult students to the computer as a learning tool and an area of study. All campuses are equipped with multi-media labs and classrooms that support computer courses and tutorials. Such instruction enhances students’ basic academic skills as well as their specialized study in the liberal arts Areas of Interest.

Quantitative Skills

All students must complete a mathematics assessment for placement.  Scores on the placement test will determine if students are admitted into College Algebra (degree requirement) and Quantitative Reasoning or Introduction to Math Concepts.

In accordance with the goal of the math courses, students are expected to master competency in quantitative skills. The achievement of these competencies will be assessed between the 13th and 15th week of class. If a student does not pass the assessment, he/she will be required to repeat the math course. Students must complete the math requirement by 60 credits.

Seminars and Courses

The School of New Resources offers a diversity of learning opportunities for its students. Another important learning option is the integrative seminar. The seminar is constructed on a guided-discussion basis and is dependent upon significant student participation and individual initiative. Skills, science, language, and performance courses satisfy contact-hour requirements. The seminar requires a Life Arts Project, which is relevant both to the course content and to students’ lives outside the classroom. The project is completed by each student in addition to the scheduled work of the course.

Faculty Model

Essential to the philosophy of the School of New Resources is individualized degree planning, within the context of the School’s curriculum and degree requirements. To implement this philosophy, the faculty model reflects the need for both continuity and flexibility. Thus, the School has four categories:

  1. SNR Faculty members are required to teach a 12 credit load and are also responsible for advising students.  Advisement is specific to individualized degree planning to prepare students for graduate programs and professional career goals.  Full-time faculty also support the outcome for assessment of the curriculm and its learning objectives;
  2. Professional Staff whose full-time responsibilities involve the delivery of academic support services and who may teach on an adjunct basis;
  3. Resource Faculty members who have taught in the School at least three semesters, and who, in addition to teaching, contribute to the School by carrying out additional academic responsibilities;
  4. Adjunct Faculty whose assignments depend on seminars and courses formulated by students and staff during the course development process.

Gill Library and Support Services

Gill Library, named in honor of Mother Irene Gill, O.S.U., founder of the College, opened in its current location in 1939 and reopened in 2002 after undergoing a complete renovation that provides an aesthetic, comfortable, and welcoming space for students and the College community. Gill Library houses one of the largest research collections in Westchester County. This collection contains over 200,000 print and electronic volumes. The Library subscribes to over 80,000 periodicals that can be accessed on campus or remotely.

Library resources and services are provided at each of the five branches of The College of New Rochelle: the New Rochelle Campus, the Brooklyn Campus, Co-op City Campus, Rosa Parks Campus (Harlem) and John Cardinal O’Connor Campus (South Bronx).

The Learning Commons, a collaborative learning environment, functions as a one-stop shop for academic support. The Learning Commons offers students access to Academic Coaches (tutors), the Writing Center, research help, group study rooms, comfortable collaborative spaces, and technology help in the library.  

Gill Library uses Millennium, the Innovative Interfaces integrated library system, for its online catalog, circulation system, and other automated library functions.

Gill Library is a member of Association of College & Research Libraries, Metropolitan New York Library Council, American Library Association, OCLC computer-based network of libraries, Westchester Academic Library Director’s Organization (WALDO) and several library consortia.

Gill Library faculty and staff offer assistance in making the best use of a multitude of services and print, multimedia, and electronic resources to members of the College community at each of the five campuses in their endeavor to conduct successful research.

 Among Gill Library’s wide variety of services and resources are:

  • Print and Multi-Media Collections
    • Borrow books, DVDs, videos from a sizeable Circulating Collection.
    • On-site use of materials in the Reference, Reserve and Periodicals Collections
  • Electronic Collections
    • E-Books in all academic subject areas with research tools.
    • Databases provide access to full text scholarly journal articles, reports, and more.
    • Encore facilitates a “Google-like” search of the substantial Gill Library resources.
  • Reference Assistance
    • Library faculty answer questions in person, via phone, email, and Ask Us 24/7 virtual chat.
  • Hands-on Help
    • Make an individualized library instruction appointment with Library Faculty.
  • Electronic Services
    • Subject Guides present information organized by Library Faculty.
    • RefWorks is an online research management tool used to generate citations.
  • Intercampus and Interlibrary Loan
    • By submitting a form via the Gill Library home page, library users may request that books and other library materials located at another campus library or another institution library be delivered to their campus library.
  • Room Booking
    • Members of the College Community may reserve a Group Study Room online.
  • Faculty Services
    • Faculty submit requests for Reserves, library instruction, titles to purchase.
  • Laptops
    • Members of the College Community may borrow a laptop for on-site use.
  • Archives and Special Collections
    • Rare and unusual works include the Special Collection and Ursuline Collections, which may be accessed by appointment with the College Archivist.
  • Gill Library Learning Commons
    • The Gill Library Learning Commons offers support services in writing, math, and science. Register at to make appointments with qualified coaches. Tutorial services can also be scheduled by calling x5126 (914-654-5126) or emailing



New Rochelle Campus Hours:

Regular Library Hours: 


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Summer & Intersession Library Hours:


9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



Extended Library Hours (Final Exams Period):


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.


10:00 am - 12:00 a.m.


1:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Visit the Gill Library Web Site for Library Hours at Individual Campuses: