Chancellor James B. Milliken

Chancellor James B. Milliken

Appointed to start on June 1, 2014, James B. Milliken serves as Chancellor of The City University of New York. ยป

Memo from Chancellor Matthew Goldstein regarding the Pathways Task Force Common Core Recommendation

December 12, 2011 | News from the Chancellor

On December 1, 2011, the Pathways Task Force submitted to me its recommendation regarding the structure of the 30-credit common core, as required by the Board of Trustees resolution of June 27, 2011.

I have reviewed the recommendation thoroughly and consulted extensively with presidents, chief academic officers, and faculty about its specific components. After candid discussion and careful deliberation, I am convinced that the questions brought to my attention can be addressed within the recommended common core structure. Therefore, I have accepted the task force’s recommendation, which can be found on the Pathways website (

The task force’s recommended structure is commendable for its academic rigor and integrity, clarity of organization, and consistency with national norms for general education. It puts students at the center of the University’s academic enterprise, with clearly articulated, challenging outcomes and better defined pathways across the institution. It is the result of an inclusive, consultative process that engaged the entire University. Indeed, the recommended structure reflects suggestions and concerns offered by every CUNY campus.

I am deeply grateful to the faculty, staff, and students throughout CUNY who contributed to the research, debates, and discussion that led to the task force’s recommendation. In particular, I thank the members of the task force and its chair, Michelle J. Anderson, dean of the CUNY School of Law, for their diligent and committed work to develop the common core structure.

The implementation of the new common core must be undertaken with the same diligence and care. In order to prepare for full Pathways implementation in fall 2013, the University will establish two new committees. An Implementation Advisory Committee will ensure that the campuses and the Central Office work together to enact changes as smoothly as possible. The committee will include a representative from each campus. In addition, a Course Review Committee, specified by the original resolution, will review campus-submitted courses for their suitability for the common core. This committee will comprise faculty from many different disciplines and all campuses. More details about these committees, including nomination procedures, will be forthcoming.

To assist the colleges with the implementation of this transformative University initiative, the Central Office will also provide several forms of support. CUNY presidents will receive more information about available support shortly. The University will also ensure that all catalogs and registration systems clearly identify the courses that will make up the common core.

Once again, I thank and commend the many faculty, staff, and students who have worked with great dedication to complete this initial phase of Pathways implementation. Please visit the Pathways website ( for more information and continued updates.