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  • Is College Readiness Ready for Prime Time?

    November 11, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai and Kathleen Barker  The New York City Department of Education identifies a series of College and Career Readiness Benchmarks that students need to be successful in college, and in the workplace.  Unfortunately, a recently-released Department of Education report indicates that, as of this year, only 35% of New York City Public High School students meet those benchmarks. […]

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  • The Common Core: A Primer for Beginners

    November 5, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai    As of this writing, 42 states have adopted the Common Core, a set of academic standards in Mathematics and  English Language Arts skills that are meant to establish “what a student should know and be able to do” by the end of each grade in primary and secondary school through the completion of the High School […]

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  • 21st Century CUNY: Serve Diverse Students and Don’t Strip Down

    October 26, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By John R. Wallach  CUNY is approaching a fork in the road. Does it chart a new path for a large, urban public university serving a diverse student population, many of whom have not previously attended college and hail from other countries? Or, does it follow the current trend of stripping down public universities so they […]

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  • Scholarship on Service Learning: A Faculty Guide – CUNY University Faculty Senate

    September 27, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Amy Traver   Governor Cuomo’s experiential learning requirement has brought renewed attention to service-learning, which combines organized service (meeting a community need) with reflective class-based learning. In High Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, Kuh (2008) characterizes service-learning as high-impact because it promotes, through collaborative interactions, deep-level learning and personal gains […]

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  • Proposed Middle States Accreditation Changes: Your Survey Response Needed by October

    September 21, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker  The Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation are posted in final form on the Middle States website. Faculty are key stakeholders in this process.  A link to their survey is provided at the website: Any faculty member may pose questions and make comments on the document which will govern future accreditation processes. Faculty […]

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  • CUNY in Collegeland

    September 20, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai    Just in case you missed it, last week’s Sunday New York Times includes several pieces—in both the Sunday Review section,  and a special Education issue of The New York Times Magazine—that considered American higher education from perspectives relevant to students and faculty at the City University of New York.  Three, however, mentioned CUNY […]

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  • CUNY Natural Sciences Doctoral Program Review – Call for Comments

    September 19, 2015 | Academic Affairs

      By Emily Tai  Last spring, a committee headed by Graduate Center President Chase Robinson reviewed doctoral education in the natural sciences at CUNY.  The committee’s report, and recommendations were, in turn, reviewed by Chancellor Milliken, who addressed a letter concerning these recommendations to CUNY’s College Presidents this week.  This letter is reproduced below, with a request that faculty who […]

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  • The CUNY Experiential Learning Experience

    September 17, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  The CUNY Task Force on Experiential Learning is preparing a response to New York State’s legislative mandate.  CUNY faculty have been national leaders in this field, particularly at Queensborough Community College.  Some recent publications: Amy E. Traver & Zivah Perel Katz, eds. (both QCC), Service-Learning at the American Community College: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives (on Google Books). Sharon […]

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  • Experiencing the Experiential Learning Literature

    September 3, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    from Jay Weiser and Emily Tai As CUNY races to fulfill Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s unfunded experiential learning mandate, faculty will be asked to help meet the goal. Despite the big push, the literature on experiential learning is modest, suggesting that the Governor’s transformative vision has little to do with what’s happening on the ground. Among recent works searchable on […]

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  • Students and Professors on the College Experience

    May 13, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Tak Cheung and Emily Tai  As the end of the semester draws near, and the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” signal the season of spring graduation ceremonies, three articles reflect on various aspects of the American college experience in the twenty-first century:   In What’s the Point of a Professor?, (New York Times, May […]

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