The following policies and expectations were approved by the New Brookwood Labor College Board of Directors on 04/09/2019.
Academic integrity is essential to a strong teaching and learning environment and New Brookwood students are expected to complete coursework honestly . This means presenting only original work and thoughts as the student’s own and giving credit where credit is due. Students may not plagiarize or cheat on work and must use appropriate citations in written work. New Brookwood students are also required to present themselves and their qualifications honestly.
New Brookwood recognizes that as a non-traditional institution, students may need extra support to meet academic integrity standards. Faculty are available to answer questions, provide training, and work one-on-one with students to ensure high standards of academic honesty.
New Brookwood Labor College is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students and will work to make reasonable accommodations whenever possible. Please reach out to New Brookwood faculty with any learning needs.
New Brookwood is an equal opportunity institution and diversity is a central part of our mission to build an inclusive labor movement. Neither enrollment nor hiring decisions will be made on the basis of race, ethnicity, creed, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital or partnership status, pregnancy or family obligations, disability, public assistance status, or veteran status. Whenever possible, New Brookwood will make accommodations for enrolled students who require additional support to participate fully in classes or in community activities.
Likewise, harassment within our community will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to unwelcome advances, coercive requests for sexual or other favors, and/or verbal or physical threats or intimidation. Students, staff, or faculty who experience harassment should email email@example.com or communicate with a member of the faculty or the Board.
New Brookwood Labor College will follow St. Paul Public Schools decisions regarding closures and delays. In the event that classes need to be cancelled we will do our best to reschedule.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that enhances our mission to build an inclusive labor movement and advances the working class. Behavior that is contrary or detrimental to this mission, including but not limited to harassment, intimidation, coercion, hazing, plagiarism, cheating, or misrepresentation will be dealt with by the New Brookwood Labor College Board of Directors and may be grounds for removal.
Like the original Brookwood, New Brookwood Labor College is non-accredited and offers no grades or diplomas. We exist to serve students who are interested in building a radical and inclusive labor movement. Curriculum is rigorous, expectations are high, and work produced in the College will advance both the immediate needs and long-term goals of the labor movement.
Like the original Brookwood, New Brookwood Labor College is non-accredited and offers neither grades nor diplomas.
We consider this a strength because we have the freedom to determine how to enroll students, who can apply and be accepted, what classes we teach, and how we engage our community.
One significant departure from traditional education models is that we do not "graduate" students–once you join New Brookwood, you will always be welcome. Students who have completed the core classes may continue to take new classes as they are offered or participate in advancing New Brookwood in other ways (some of which we know and some of which we anticipate our community will develop).
No. New Brookwood Labor College draws on the traditions of liberal arts education and exists to engage students in deep thought and discussion about the labor movement and the working class. We anticipate offering some classes that will engage students in specific organizing, bargaining, and enforcement tactics, and that organizing tactics will be present in our work but this is not our primary purpose.
We have relationships with institutions that offer excellent training opportunities and we are happy to offer referrals–drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many models of popular education, and while we see New Brookwood more as liberal arts education for the working class, it certainly draws inspiration from some of the core tenets of popular education. In particular, we see education as inherently political, we believe that students and teachers are co-learners, and we seek to understand context–to connect the personal to the systematic and to understand history as part of where we are now and where we hope to go.
We are looking for people who are passionate and committed–who believe that another world is possible and want to work to create it. We are more interested in your beliefs, values, and interest in engaging in deep thought and debate than we are in your previous academic achievements.
New Brookwood Labor College curriculum is rigorous and we have high expectations for student engagement, but we are more interested in your passion and commitment than your previous academic achievements. Anyone wishing to enroll at New Brookwood must submit an application plus one letter of recommendation from a bonafide labor union and one letter of recommendation from someone else who can speak to their commitment to the movement. We believe that an inclusive labor movement is one that is accessible to everyone, so to the best of our ability we will work to meet our students' needs for success. Please reach out if you have specific questions.