Like Continuing Education, the Lienhard School of Nursing experienced reorganization in the 70s and 80s. Founded in 1966 and named for Pace trustee and alumnus Gustav O. Lienhard in 1975, the School of Nursing was reorganized four years later with the aim of consolidating its undergraduate and graduate programs. At that time, Dean Marjorie Ramphal, who had previously administered the graduate and baccalaureate program, was named Dean of the unified Lienhard School of Nursing. A year after the reorganization, a Generic Master's program, one of only two in the United States, was introduced to prepare students lacking an undergraduate degree in nursing for professional nursing careers.  A Generic Baccalaureate Nursing degree was also offered to undergraduates on the New York campus in 1980. The following year a Specialty Masters program, designed for registered nurses possessing a baccalaureate degree in nursing was introduced. The three-track program enabled students to choose teaching of nursing care, provision of nursing care or administration of nursing care as well as a clinical specialty in the adult, maternal/child, psychiatric, community or gerontologic areas. In 1983 a Center for Continuing Education in Nursing was established within the Lienhard School.

     In 1986 Dr. Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz was named Dean, to succeed Dr. Beverly Bonaparte who had served in that position since 1981. The following year the School was offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a combined B.S.N./JM.S, the latter to replace the Generic Masterís program. In addition to curricular innovations, Lienhard School of Nursing was justifiably proud of its success in obtaining major grants, which included awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a grant of $1.3 million from the Kellogg Foundation for the establishment of it a model program of primary health care within the University, and an award in excess of $500,000, made in 1988 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to enable the School to deliver health care to the growing number of homeless families in Westchester County.   

   In contrast with the huge Lubin Schools, Paceís School of Education, founded in 1966, is one of the smaller components of the University but in the 1970s and 80s, it more than held its own within the larger institution. Indeed, the School of Education was gaining statewide recognition for being one of only twelve education schools selected by the New York State Education Department, in the early seventies, to participate in a pilot program for evaluating the effectiveness of competency based teacher training as opposed to formal course work. At the very time it was forging ahead with innovative approaches to teacher training, the Pace University School of Education was offering a well-received graduate program in Educational Administration. Launched with 39 students in the spring of 1971, the program had 350 graduates four years later. A decade later, in 1984, an interdisciplinary program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development was introduced on the New York campus.

   By the time the program in Early Childhood Development became part of the Pace curriculum, the School of Education had passed through a time of transition when thought was given to phasing out this division of the University. In a candid report on the School of Education, Pace Vice President Ewald Nyquist, who also served as New York State Commissioner of Education before joining Pace, stated that "selected programs can be pruned and others preserved and relocated for administrative purposes in other sectors of the University, thus eliminating the need for a functional School of Education." Dr. Nyquist also said: "Abolishing the School would not come as a surprise nor generate the same pain and distress usually associated with a painful idea not previously broached." Dr. Nyquist, nevertheless, concluded that "the School of Education at Pace University should be continued" because, in his opinion, "it has a valid base upon which, with renewed purpose and support, can be built a strengthened organization with increased services, better quality, more efficient and economical administration, and a larger student body. "

   The Board of Trustees accepted Dr. Nyquist's recommendation, and in 1982 the School of Education was reorganized. Office Information Systems was placed in the Lubin Schools of Business and the Secretarial Studies program was moved to University College. Teacher training programs were consolidated on the White Plains campus. In 1983 Dr. David Avdul was named Dean of the School of Education, to succeed Dean Frederick Bunt who returned to teaching as a member of the Computer Science faculty. Assisting Dean Avdul in reshaping the Education program were Dr. Rita Silverman, Chair of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Dr. Sandra Flank, who succeeded Dr. Silverman as chair in 1988.

   For the remainder of the 1980s, the School of Education enhanced the quality of its programs while, at the same time, reaching out to ethnic minorities, whether the Japanese and Spanish residents of Westchester, served by the programs in the English Language Center, or recent Chinese immigrants enrolled in P.S. 131 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. P.S. 131 and a public secondary school, Lower East Side Prep, were participants in Pace's innovative Stay in School Partnership Program (SSPP), which was funded by the New York State Education Department.

   To assist minority students to prepare for careers in Education, Pace developed a Teacher Opportunity Corp (TOC) which offered scholarships to minority students who selected Education as a field of concentration or as a minor. The TOC program included articulation with the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Adults interested in switching to teaching from other careers were able to enroll in a Joint Pace-Westchester Community College program created with the assistance of a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Educators already in the field, as well as those aspiring to careers in Education, could choose from Pace Masters programs in Curriculum and Educational Administration. A specially designed School Business Management Certificate Program was implemented for educators already in service. A Master of Science for Teachers program for liberal arts graduates, early retirees, and individuals changing careers was implemented in 1987. Within two years, it became the largest graduate program in the School of Education. A generous grant from the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation enhanced minority teacher recruitment in critical subject areas for the Master of Science for Teachers degree.

   In the late 1980s, the School of Education positioned the University for Governor Cuomo's Liberty Scholarship program with a $240,000 Liberty Partnership Program Grant (LPP) beginning in the academic year 1989-90. In December 1989 the School of Education received a federally funded Student Literacy Grant. Through these grants (SSPP, TOC, LPP and Student Literacy), the School of Education became the flagship school for urban outreach to at risk schools and populations, thereby enhancing the University's mission and motto of Opportunitas.

   In the 1970s and 80s, teachers from White Plains and other districts in the State of New York enrolled in the Taft Seminars on the Two-Party System. These seminars were held first on the New York campus and then in Westchester, in conjunction with the Social Sciences departments, the School of Education, and the Institute for Sub/Urban Governance, which was headed by former Westchester County Executive Edwin G. Michaelian from 1974 until his death in 1983.

   The school of the university which was most involved with the core curriculum was the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. A decade before the new core curriculum was implemented, the School of Arts and Sciences was renamed Dyson College in honor of Pace alumnus and trustee Charles Dyson. In recommending to an executive session of the Board of Trustees that the name of the school be changed, Pace President Dr. Edward J. Mortola "discussed the traditional practice in universities which use the term College for the Arts and Sciences and School for graduate and professional areas." Dr. Mortola went on to point out that "the basis of this distinction lies in the fundamental nature of the Arts and Sciences as being the foundation of all academic and professional programs." When Dr. Mortola finished speaking, "it was thereupon moved, seconded and unanimously agreed that the title The Charles H. Dyson College of Arts and Sciences should be established."

   Reacting to the trustees' decision, Dr. Dyson, a partner in the Dyson-Kissner Corporation, a privately owned investment company, said that he regarded the trustees' action as "a distinct honor," adding: "In today's world, the Arts and Sciences are at the core of all programs of study, and are becoming more important in every aspect of our living." Dr. Mortola observed, "In naming the School of Arts and Sciences for Dr. Dyson, the trustees have acknowledged the tremendous support that he has extended to Pace in his years of association with it. To count the ways he has provided that support is to cover the gamut from bricks and mortar and scholarships for deserving students to an extraordinary willingness to be available to administration, faculty and students."

   In the years since it was renamed, Dyson College has been a dynamic force within the university. During the tenure of Dr. Joseph E. Houle, who served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Dyson College from 1971 through 1990, its innovative programs have attracted widespread attention even outside Pace. A case in point is the Psy.D. degree approved in 1979. The first of its kind in New York State, the four-year program was implemented during Dr. Thomas McShane's tenure as Chairman of the Department of Psychology, and was designed for people seeking certification in school and community psychology. In addition to positions in education, graduate students in the Psy.D. program were being prepared for positions in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, government and private practice. To ensure that they would be well-prepared for the positions awaiting them, a two-year internship was built into the program.

   An internship was also a vital component of the new Masters in Public Administration degree, which was also introduced in 1979. Designed specifically to aid government employees in increasing their effectiveness, the program subsequently admitted to both its governmental and health care administration tracks students who aspired to careers in those areas, including Pace undergraduates who qualified for a combined B.A. in Political Science and M.P.A. At the outset, however, the largest constituency of the M.P.A. program were management and supervisory staff personnel from the Westchester County Department of Social Services. Nearly 200 County employees participated in a management training program under a $900,000 grant from the New York State Office of Manpower Development.

   Another highly innovative graduate program was the Master of Science in Publishing, introduced in 1985. Offered at the University's Midtown Center, strategically located in the midst of the publishing area, the new program was initially proposed by Professor Irving Settel of the Marketing Department. It was designed "to help fill the publishing industry's need for professionally trained personnel," according to Professor Sherman Raskin, Chairman of the English Department at Pace New York and Director of the publishing program. Two years after the program had been established, he noted, "Our program educates our students in all pertinent aspects of the publishing business: finance, production, sales and marketing, the legal intricacies of acquisitions and subsidiary rights, editing and more." Successful in attracting fulltime employees of book publishing firms and magazines, the program was well received in the industry. Publishers were sufficiently enthusiastic to subsidize employees' tuition, and the Reader's Digest Foundation donated $50,000 to the University to be used for scholarships. The Times Mirror Company provided $150,000 for the same purpose.

   In addition to the M.S. in Publishing, another welcome addition to the curriculum was the New York City Humanities Program. Begun in 1980 with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Express Foundation, the program was developed by Dr. Jean Fagan Yellin, Distinguished Professor of English at Pace New York, and Dr. Marilyn T. Williams, Professor of History at the New York campus. In addition to interdisciplinary courses dealing with the city, the program, which constitutes a full-fledged academic minor, features a one-semester internship at a museum, historical society, or other cultural institution in the five boroughs. Open to students on the suburban campuses as well as to those at Pace New York, the program has served to enlighten participants about the city's incredible diversity.

   Other innovative programs of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences are the minors in Women's Studies, Film Studies, and American Humanics. Designed to provide training for careers in youth agencies such as the Y's, the American Humanics program, which is offered at a number of other colleges and universities in the United States, is sponsored by the YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, and other youth agencies. As with many other programs offered by Dyson College, America Humanics includes an internship component which must be completed by students seeking a minor in Youth Agency Administration.

   Besides being a time for curricular innovation, the decades of the seventies and eighties constituted a period of expansion for Dyson College in so far as various centers and institutes were concerned. In 1982, for example, a Speech Communication Center was established. Three years later Academic Skills Centers were operating on the suburban and New York City campuses to help students with remediation in verbal and quantitative areas. Promising but underprepared students received assistance in reaching their goals through the Challenge to Achievement Program, and young people recovering from drug addiction were able to take Pace courses at Daytop Village's upstate New York center. Qualified high school students were given an opportunity to accelerate by taking Pace courses in their senior year as part of the Bridge Program, and high school students flocked to Pace annually for special programs which included Journalism Day on the White Plains campus.

   High school students and various other audiences received abundant intellectual stimulation from the programs sponsored by the Straus Thinking and Learning Center. Established in 1984 and named for Pace benefactors Dr. and Mrs. Robert K. Straus, the Center, headed by Dr. Rachel Lauer, offers graduate courses and staff development programs in critical thinking. Pace Westchester faculty trained by Dr. Lauer began teaching such courses as Literature, History, and Philosophy from a Critical Thinking perspective in 1988. The Straus Thinking and Learning Center has also conducted workshops for Honors Program participants on the various campuses of the University, special programs for high school students, and conferences on Peace Studies.

   Another Dyson College institute established in the 1980s is the Kwan Fong Institute of East Asian Studies, created in 1985. Sponsored by entrepreneur and philanthropist Maria Lee and East Asian scholar Yang-Leung Lin-Fong, the Institute sponsors lectures by authorities in the field of East Asian Studies, art exhibits and other cultural events. A guide in both English and Chinese for Asian students contemplating higher education in the United States was published by the Institute in 1986.

   In addition to the programs offered by the various institutes of Dyson College, including the Center for Applied Ethics, the Women's Studies Center, and the Institute and Museum of Philosophy (which operated the world's first Museum of Philosophy at Pace in the early eighties), the University's College of Arts and Sciences has been able to expose Pace students to an exciting array of curricular and co-curricular experiences, due to grants received in the 1970s and 80s. In the mid-seventies, the Ford Foundation's Venture Fund enabled Pace to offer inter-disciplinary courses entitled "Conversations at Pace" to adult students on weekends. A decade later, a Pfizer grant led to the enhancement of Global Studies at Pace. In the interim, Mellon and Exxon grants, as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, permitted Dyson College to bring world-renowned scholars to Pace and to enhance various curricular areas.

   As part of its efforts to provide intense intellectual stimulation for its students, alumni, and faculty, Dyson College not only pursued grants but also, in 1982, established the Dyson Society of Fellows. Through an ongoing program consisting of weekend conferences on wide-ranging issues, special lectures, and the presentation of scholarly papers authored by Fellows and by candidates for induction into the Society, the Dyson Society of Fellows became a powerful force on all campuses of the University in the 1980s.

   In addition to seeking membership in the Dyson Society of Fellows, exceptionally qualified students are also afforded an opportunity to participate in honors programs in both New York and Westchester. In the mid-1980s, The College of White Plains chapter of the national honor society Alpha Chi was judged the best in the nation. Dyson honor students have also excelled in the American Chemical Society's research competition, and University undergraduates have repeatedly won top prizes in the Model United Nations competition and in international debate tournaments. With numerous Dyson students opting for graduate or professional school following completion of their studies at Pace, it is not surprising that prestigious grants, including a Danforth Fellowship, have been awarded to graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences.

   The kind of intellectual environment which results in graduate fellowships was cultivated in Dyson College in the 1970s and 80s during Dean Houle's tenure, and continued under Dr. Charles Masiello, Associate Dean of the College, who was named Dean of Dyson College in 1990. Students and faculty alike were stimulated by the lectures and seminars of William Barrett, philosopher and author, who served as a visiting Professor of Humanities throughout the eighties, and Burton Leiser, legal scholar and philosopher, who held the Edward J. Mortola Professorship from 1983 through 1988. Annual faculty conferences consisting of keynote addresses by outside authorities and workshops conducted by Dyson College faculty also enhanced the intellectual environment, as did conferences held under the auspices of the School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

In 1970 the Pace Plaza building opened. To learn more about Pace New York,                              "Building for the Future: The New Manhattan Campus."