In May, I completed almost a decade as president of the University of Nebraska, from which I graduated 35 years ago. NU was founded in 1869 as a “land-grant” university under the Morrill Act of 1862, signed by President Lincoln to expand educational opportunity to the children of farmers and mill workers. Today, in a small state, NU has a $2.48 billion budget, 50,000 students on five campuses, outreach in 93 counties and a global impact through distance learning and partnerships abroad. Nothing is more important to Nebraska than its public university.
HAVE YOU HEARD? Kingsborough’s radio station, WKRB 90.3 FM, was named the best community college station … Stressed out? Tracy Dennis and Hunter College researchers have designed an app to calm you down … CUNY Dance Initiative is offering residencies to New York City choreographers …
Planning Slavery’s End; Revisiting Incompatible Musicians; Foraging for Everything; Solving Disease Mysteries; Hiding the Louvre
Like many, Vanessa Valdés, a City College associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, believes writing is hard work. In describing the process, she mentions “navigating the anxiety of writing.” Yet she is the author of Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas, published this year by the SUNY Press. It is a project, no doubt, she would have completed on her own. But she credits the University’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program — and Shelly Eversley, a Baruch associate professor of English and her program mentor — for providing crucial support as she wrote. And for making the book even better.
This book is utterly pedestrian. Let me explain. Back when Billy Helmreich was a boy growing up on the Upper West Side, his father would entertain him with a pastime called “Last Stop.” The two would hop on the subway, get off at one of the system’s far-flung terminuses, and explore the neighborhood on foot. They eventually worked down to some third-to-last stops.
Two years ago, as Borough of Manhattan Community College student Turner Simplice was studying for her English final exam, she received the unsettling news that she was being evicted from her home.
The busiest man on campus this summer may have been James B. Milliken, CUNY’s energetic new Chancellor. Barely off the plane from Nebraska, he took office on June 1 and hit the concrete running — handing out diplomas at commencements, recommending three new college presidents at his first CUNY board meeting and spending many of his days on a whistle-stop tour of CUNY’s 24 campuses.
Eight entrepreneurial programs. Twenty campuses. Fifty-five million dollars. Those are the numbers for the first grants awarded in the state’s new NY CUNY 2020 program, launched by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to support work across CUNY that connects academic achievement with entrepreneurship and economic development. The projects, selected by staff from CUNY and the state’s Empire State Development agency after a competitive bidding process, will help create 3,800 jobs over six years.
Attewell Study Confirms the Importance of Transfer Credits in Earning a 4-Year Degree
The University’s mission to open higher education’s doors to “the whole people” is more relevant than ever as we welcome Spring 2014. The costs of not walking through those doors are high: By 2025, some 63 percent of U.S. jobs will require some postsecondary education or training. Education is now the Great Divide: Those who have it have the opportunity to prosper. Those who do not will occupy an increasingly marginalized sector of society.
The University’s renowned faculty members continually win professional-achievement awards from prestigious organizations as well as research grants from government agencies, farsighted foundations and leading corporations. Pictured are just a few of the recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects start here and continue inside.
A Nobel Prize-winning economist who anchors the op-ed page of the New York Times, an acclaimed art historian and critic, and an eminent intellectual historian who began her career at LaGuardia Community College are among the luminaries who are making the University their home.
For one student, another close call amid the tragedy
The City University of New York has won three 2014 New York Emmy Awards, one for a video segment about the civil rights era on cuny.edu, the University’s website, and two by CUNY TV’s long-running Spanish-language Program, “Nueva York.”
Alex Sverdlov, a Brooklyn College adjunct professor who teaches computer science classes, became trapped in a snowstorm for two days in January near the top of a volcano in Hawaii.
At the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, a delicate brass mask from 18th-century Cameroon smiles mischievously, with large puffy cheeks symbolizing wisdom.
A Manhattan judge decisively upheld CUNY’s Pathways to Degrees Completion Initiative, which established new general education course requirements, ensuring academic rigor and the smooth transfer of academic credits among CUNY colleges.
Seven in 10 New York City public high school graduates and other incoming City University of New York students pass reading, writing and math assessment tests they previously failed after completing an innovative pre-community college-level program, according to new CUNY data.
Scottsboro Boys’ Letters; World’s Fair as Flashpoint; Bad Health from Big Firms; Family Leave in California; A Scholar Reflects on Father’s Life
When I teach my Chaucer-to-Milton survey at Hunter College, I always begin with Billy Collins’ droll “The Trouble with Poetry” since I know there will be a lot of poetic trouble on my syllabus for today’s students — a gaudy bouquet of the flowers of rhetoric, like ecphonesis (exclamation, Shakespeare’s beloved “O”) or epizeuxis (repeating a word for emphasis, Lear’s famous five “nevers”).