CUNY Matters Columns

Public Colleges Must Keep Thriving

June 15, 2010 | CUNY Matters Columns

You’ve seen the headlines about California this year. The University of California system saw its state support reduced by nearly 20 percent in 2009. Since 1990, state funding per-student for education at UC has dropped from 78 percent of the total cost of education to 58 percent. But California is not an isolated case. Without […]

2010: Year of the Community College

April 19, 2010 | CUNY Matters Columns

President Obama has said that “community colleges are an undervalued asset in our country. Not only is that not right, it’s not smart.” He’s correct. If you want to get a lens on the future of our country – its workforce, its social and economic development, its capacity to innovate – you have to understand […]

Salute to Scholars: Sustaining What Lincoln Began

December 15, 2009 | CUNY Matters Columns

Remember the Beatles’ song, “A Day in the Life?”  “Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head”?  Let’s imagine a day in your life.  You woke up, fell out of bed—and brushed with fluoride toothpaste. You gulped an electrolyte sports drink after your workout. You drove to work, seatbelt in place, […]

Universities a Key to Economic Recovery

October 23, 2009 | CUNY Matters Columns

This is a pivotal time in our country. A fast-moving and deep recession has resulted in the collapse and disappearance of some of this country’s most venerable companies; high unemployment is having a chilling effect on the lives of many Americans; and mounting federal debt is projected to accumulate to approximately $9 trillion over the […]

Great Cities, Great Universities

August 31, 2009 | CUNY Matters Columns

This column was adapted from Chancellor Goldstein’s keynote address July 23 at the Center for an Urban Future/Community Service Society Forum on “New York’s Human Capital: The Next Generation.” You can watch the full speech on the CUNY Channel at www.cuny.edu/youtube New York City has long been a beacon of talent. As the song goes, […]

Coming This Fall: 20 New Degree Programs

July 9, 2009 | CUNY Matters Columns

The university will start the next academic year with a host of new degree programs – some 20 for September, with more on the way in the spring and thereafter. This burst of academic creativity reflects CUNY’s decade-long expansion of full-time faculty hires and the University’s continuing commitment to graduate as well as undergraduate education. […]

Gifts That Keep Giving

May 15, 2009 | CUNY Matters Columns

In 2004, The City University of New York launched the first CUNY-wide fund-raising campaign with a goal of raising $1.2 billion by 2012. When Chairman Benno Schmidt and I announced the “Invest in CUNY” plan, we were met with some skepticism. A billion-dollar campaign at a university not well known for its strong tradition of […]

CUNY Gears Up For New Challenges

March 13, 2009 | CUNY Matters Columns

This has been a difficult year in our country, our state and at CUNY. More than ever, economic conditions require that all of us work together to protect the most vulnerable and to enable New York State to recover and ultimately invest in its future. As a key generator of workforce and economic development and […]

New Budget Challenges Inspire New Strategies

January 23, 2009 | CUNY Matters Columns

The University continues to monitor city, state, and federal developments that affect CUNY’s budget. With New York State facing its largest budget deficit in state history—a $1.7 billion shortfall this year and $13.7 billion in 2009-10—the budget recommends a series of actions to generate savings. The New York State Legislature is reviewing the Executive Budget […]

CUNY’s Top Priority: Faculty Enrichment

September 23, 2008 | CUNY Matters Columns

In April, the University celebrated when John Matteson, associate professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his book, Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. (Matteson is the fourth CUNY Pulitzer winner since 1999.) In describing his research on […]