After a decade of increasing academic standards, CUNY is graduating more students than ever. In 2011-2012, the University awarded 11,000 graduate, 21,500 bachelor’s and 14,800 associate degrees – up 37.6 percent since 2001. At our community colleges, the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs initiative is expected to grow to 4,000 community college students a year by 2014. Fully 56 percent of the 2,500 ASAP students to date graduated within three years, versus 23 percent nationally and among non-ASAP CUNY students.
Public meeting of the Board of Trustees, June 25, 2012.
When it comes to reducing gang-related crime violence, ethics can often be a more effective tool than traditional law enforcement, according to criminologist David Kennedy. “In a place where people don’t believe in the law, calling something ‘wrong’ is much more powerful than calling it illegal,” says Kennedy, who directs the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College. As part of the Symposium Series at the college, Kennedy, in a lecture “Gangs and Crime: Reduction Strategies,” discusses his groundbreaking work that brings gang members together with community members, social services representatives and law enforcement officials, to help bring “domestic tranquility” to high-crime communities.
James Hansen, environmental researcher and director of the NASA Goddard Institute, warns that man-made climate change is real, and it requires immediate action. Addressing critics who argue that the threats posed by climate change is exaggerated, Hansen says “it’s hard for people to realize we have an emergency, but we do.” At the first public event sponsored by City Tech’s new Center for Remote Sensing and Earth System Sciences, Hansen argues there is time to take action, but not much. “If we wanted to stabilize climate this century, it is still barely possible,” says Hansen, but only if there is a strong commitment to move toward non-fossil fuels and reforesting deforested areas.
In the early 1970s, as the number of heroin addicts in New York City started to explode, the Long Island newspaper Newsday sent a team of investigative reporters to find the source of the scourge. “That’s how journalism works,” says Les Payne, about his work on “The Heroin Trail,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning series that uncovered an international ring of heroin smugglers. You find a problem, see no quick answers, so you begin to investigate, says Payne, who wrote a column for Newsday until retiring in 2008. Payne spoke with students at LaGuardia Community College about the invaluable role that investigative reporting plays in a healthy democracy.
As New Yorkers welcomed the thousands of members of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard arriving to celebrate Fleet Week 2012, Veterans Corner host Don Buzney talked with Captain Sara “Clutch” Joyner, a key coordinator of the event. Buzney interviewed Joyner on Pier 92, near the Intrepid, about the special significance of this year’s program. “Because it’s the bicentennial of the War of 1812, we wanted to have a bigger presentation,” said Joyner, a Navy fighter pilot and 23-year veteran. “The 1812 Navy marked the beginning — our birthplace — and we wanted to showcase and highlight what today’s Navy is all about.”
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, June 4, 2012.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic, Policy, Program, and Research, June 4, 2012.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, June 4, 2012.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, June 4, 2012.