Archive for 2004

Our Buildings Are Much More Than Halls and Classrooms

November 1, 2004 | CUNY Matters Columns

Some years ago, when I was taking a tour of the just-finished Newman Library at Baruch College, a group of students stopped me to give their assessment of this new center for learning that had once served a powerhouse for streetcars. I steeled myself. Then one of the students said, “This building is so beautiful. […]

Testimony, Student Admissions

October 6, 2004 | Speeches and Testimony

Chancellor Goldstein testifies before the New York City Council Higher Education Committee regarding qualifications of students admitted to the University.

Testing Prepares for Life, Adds Value to Diplomas

September 1, 2004 | CUNY Matters Columns

Since 2001, 17 of our colleges have been administering what we call the CUNY Proficiency Exam, or CPE. All undergraduates are required to pass this comprehensive test before they can start their third year at our senior colleges or graduate from our community colleges. The University has developed this test as a form of quality […]

Reflections on the Season of Caps and Gowns

June 1, 2004 | CUNY Matters Columns

Each year at this time my mind turns to the upcoming Commencements across our campuses, and what Commence-ment really means to us at CUNY–collectively and to our more than 32,800 students poised to graduate this year. It is a time filled with hope and promise, marked by a sense of accomplishment and personal pride. It […]

Education Yields Social and Economic Riches

April 1, 2004 | CUNY Matters Columns

Of late I have had many opportuni ties to talk about CUNY’s successes in improving its standards, enrollment, and retention. Our academic programs are expanding, we are hiring more faculty, and we have a highly successful Honors College now in its third year. But I think it is important to place CUNY in a broader […]

The Calculus of Saturday Morning Teaching

March 1, 2004 | CUNY Matters Columns

Last semester, I re-entered the classroom after an absence of some years, teaching calculus for three hours each Saturday to a group of about 20 students at Hunter College. I will not deny that I enjoyed returning to the classroom for my own sake: I love mathematics. The simple purity of elementary principles and their […]

A Well-Forged Alliance for Minority Students

January 1, 2004 | CUNY Matters Columns

The pages of CUNY Matters often carry stories of remarkable students, fascinating scholars, and creative thinkers. A frequent focus of attention is the diversity that is one of the essential cornerstones of the CUNY experience. The University nurtures this diversity by supporting programs that extend minority involvement, particularly in disciplines and professions where minorities are […]