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Audrey Cohen and the History of MCNY  

A sampling of writings by Audrey Cohen, the school's founder, and information about the history of MCNY and Purpose Centered Education.
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Writings By Audrey Cohen

  • The College For Human Services -- AUDREY C. COHEN
    An article outlining the history of the Women's Talent Corps, founded by Cohen, and a vision for the College of the Human Services. Published by the College
  • The Service Society and a Theory of Learning Linking Education, Work, Life
    Originally published in 1976 this article describes the Purpose Centered Education curriculum in its earliest days at the College for the Human Services. Published by the College.
  • The Third Alternitive
    Originally published in 1975 the article describes an approach to education that would prepare students for what Cohen envisioned as a "service society." It is an approach that Cohen believed to be "integrated, transdisciplinary, rigorous, yet worldly." Published by the College.
  • Women and Higher Education
    Published in 1971 by Phi Delta Kappan. Cohen opines steps to "break the social patterns that confine women to inferior roles."
  • The Citizen as the Integrating Agent: Productivity in the Human Services
    Published in 1978 in the Human Service Monograph Series. Cohen advocates for empowerment and social justice through service. She articulates a vision of a helping profession that is devoted to building a collaborative relationship between the professional and the service receiver and says that we must rethink and redefine professional education.
  • Empowerment: Toward a New Definition of Self-Help
    Published in 1996 in "Human Services: Contemporary Issues and Trends". Cohen outlines Purpose Centered Education and the Dimensions in the MCNY Curriculum as a means to achieve empowerment though the Human Services.
  • Human Service
    In American College, published in 1981. Cohen discusses the Human Services and the Colleges curriculum.
  • Metropolitan College of New York System of Education: Purpose-Centered Education
    By Audrey Cohen and Janith Jordan in "Bold Plans for School Restructuring." (c) 1996. Describes Purpose Centered Education and the program to develop a Purpose Centered curriculum in Charter schools.
  • New Service Economy and Its Implications for the Future
    (c) 1986 in the "Journal of State Government." Cohen argues that Purpose Centered Education would help Junior High School and and High School students learn about the connection between learning and the own lives and help them to contribute positively to the world.

Viewing the Archives

What is in the Archives of the Women’s Talent Corps – College for the Human Services and Audrey Cohen College? They contain material associated with the College and its founder, Audrey Cohen. The Archives tell the story of a school deeply committed to social reform & activism. The archive contains material produced between 1966 and 1995. To make an appointment to view the Archives, email the MCNY Library.

Writings about Audrey Cohen and the College


More Writings

Published in Public Service Employment: An Analysis of its History Problems and Prospects, eds. Alan Gartner, Russel A. Nixon and Frank Riesnman, Prager, 1973.


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