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  • Leveling the Playing Field: Thoughts on Former NYC Public School Chancellor Levy’s Editorial

    April 19, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Campbell Dalglish Statistics often wake us up to alarming conditions we might not otherwise be aware of. In his moving farewell New York Times editorial, How To Level the College Playing Field, former New York City School Chancellor and current Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Harold O. Levy gives us this […]

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  • A New Funding Opportunity at the CUNY Academy—for Contingent Faculty!

    March 23, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Manfred Philip Last week the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences received funds to support travel awards for part-time faculty who present or chair at a conference. The Academy thanks Enid Stubin of UFS Senator from Kingsborough Community College and Managing Director of the Academy; Evangelos Gizis, our Board Chair and former Provost […]

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  • Progress (or lack thereof) Towards CUNY’s Goal of Hiring More FT Faculty

    March 20, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kay Conway At a recent meeting of the Budget Advisory Committee, we requested an update on CUNY’s Strategic Framework, specifically the goal of hiring more full time faculty, which is the first bullet on page eight: ■  We will expand our full-time faculty and implement new strategies to build greater diversity in the faculty. […]

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  • OER Support across CUNY

    March 15, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    by Shawn Smith-Cruz, Polly Thistlethwaite, Stacy Katz, and Jennifer Poggiali A Fall 2017 Discipline Council meeting generated mention of Open Educational Resources and prompted constructive feedback from the Library Discipline Council and the Library Information Literacy Advisory Council or LILAC. This conversation led to an invitation for librarians to join a Spring 2018 UFS Faculty […]

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  • What Counts? Jerry Z. Muller discusses The Tyranny of Metrics at Hunter College

    March 14, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Bernadette McCauley On Wednesday, March 7, the Hunter College Faculty Delegate Assembly hosted a talk by Professor Jerry Z. Muller, author of The Tyranny of Metrics (Princeton University Press, 2017.)  Professor Muller is a historian of capitalism and, while this book is certainly related to that interest, his motivation to write it grew out […]

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  • Wall Street Journal Access for CUNY Faculty and Students

    March 9, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Nancy Egan The Office of Library Services has negotiated with Dow Jones to allow all members of the CUNY community to access the Wall Street Journal!  Everybody with a (or email domain should now be able to activate a digital subscription. Go to  to activate your “membership” and then go to  […]

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  • Assessing Assessment

    March 6, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily S. Tai Veteran academics will tell you that assessment has been around since the 1970s. Peter Ewell reviews the history in his paper, An Emerging Scholarship: A Brief History of Assessment.  Campaigns to impose an additional level of measurement on student learning—over and above the old-fashioned graded assignment or examination—nevertheless began gaining momentum […]

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  • The University Faculty Senate Fall, 2017 Conference: A Synopsis

    February 6, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kimora Faculty heard a great deal of valuable information from the speakers at the fall, 2017 University Faculty Senate Conference, held on November 3, 2017 at the Graduate Center/CUNY. The title of the conference was Innovations and Disruptions in Higher Education: Views from the Professoriate.  Here are some highlights: Dr. Matthew Cotter, Executive Director […]

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  • A New CUNY Collaboration: Governor’s Island!

    January 19, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    by Matthew Cotter Governors Island, located in the New York Harbor just off the southern tip of Manhattan, is a unique resource of the City of New York, offering access to nature and buildings that represent multiple periods of New York City history. CUNY is planning a collaboration with the Governors Island Trust to make […]

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  • New Guidelines for Designating your Course as a “Zero Textbook Cost” Section

    January 8, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker Using Open Educational Resources for Your Course Instead of a Textbook? The Office of the University Registrar has announced that there are new designations to indicate that courses utilize open educational resources and zero text book costs (ZTC/OER). Through various CUNYfirst search functions, the designation allows faculty to publicize their courses as […]

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