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  • The Perils of Assessment at CUNY

    September 7, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino  In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “The Promise and Peril of Outcome Assessment,” Alexander W. Austin writes, “…higher education’s current fascination with outcomes assessment is not likely to contribute much to our efforts to strengthen undergraduate education unless institutions insist on using assessment tests on a longitudinal, before-and-after […]

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  • Spotlight on UFS Committees: The UFS Committee on Academic Freedom

    August 30, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    As the time approaches for UFS Representatives to choose the UFS Committee on which they’d like to serve, the UFS Communications Committee asked each of the UFS Chairs to describe the charge of their committees, and what they will be working on in the coming year.    The UFS Committee on Academic Freedom will be […]

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  • Spotlight on UFS Committees: The Committee on the Status of the Faculty

    August 30, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    As the time approaches for UFS Representatives to choose the UFS Committee on which they’d like to serve, the UFS Communications Committee asked each of the UFS Chairs to describe the charge of their committees, and what they will be working on in the coming year.    The UFS Committee on the Status of the Faculty […]

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  • Spotlight on UFS Committees: The Committee on Libraries and Information Technology

    August 30, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    As the time approaches for UFS Representatives to choose the UFS Committee on which they’d like to serve, the UFS Communications Committee asked each of the UFS Chairs to describe the charge of their committees, and what they will be working on in the coming year.    The UFS Committee on Libraries and Information Technology […]

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  • Spotlight on UFS Committees: The Committee on Student Affairs

    August 30, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    As the time approaches for UFS Representatives to choose the UFS Committee on which they’d like to serve, the UFS Communications Committee asked each of the UFS Chairs to describe the charge of their committees, and what they will be working on in the coming year.  The University Faculty Senate Committee on Student Affairs is […]

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  • Obama’s Proposed “College Scorecard:” How Would CUNY Do?

    August 23, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    The Obama Administration has unveiled a new plan to make colleges more accountable and affordable.  The President proposes to tie funding through the Federal Higher Education Act to institutional ratings on a “College Scorecard” that measures such items as “access”—availability and support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds; “affordability”—tuition costs and scholarships—and “outcomes”—graduation and transfer rates […]

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  • Diversity.edu?

    June 13, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    Two articles by Paul Fain in last week’s Inside Higher Ed discuss a new report, Bridging the Higher Education Divide,  that argues for the presence of vast inequities in American higher education, driven by race and economic status. Task Force takes funding for Community College to task… The report, issued by the Century Foundation’s Task […]

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  • SUNY Faculty Gets MOOCed: Administration Moves with No Consulation

    June 5, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    As reported in last week’s Inside Higher Ed, some colleges and universities are making arrangements with MOOC providers over the objection of faculty members—indeed, in some cases, it appears that faculty governance bodies are not being consulted at all. This would appear to include CUNY’s neighbor to the north, where Ken O’Brien, Chair of SUNY’s University […]

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  • To MOOC or not to MOOC?

    May 7, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai Many UFS Blog readers are involved in eLearning — the internet has revolutionized teaching, learning, and scholarship.  Teaching online allows access to rich digital resources across disciplines, including what Matthew K. Gold (English, New York City College of Technology), has called the integration of digital humanities in undergraduate teaching.  ELearning lets instructors […]

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  • New Studies Show Online Learning Has Flaws

    April 27, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino Professor of Philosophy, Queensborough Community College, and UFS Executive Committee Member Online learning or eLearning, as it is sometimes called, is growing at CUNY.  CUNY is actively encouraging this mode of instruction, by making the evaluation of eLearning part of the Performance Management Program (PMP) for assessing both colleges and presidents.  Increasing […]

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