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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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  • What’s in the State Budget for CUNY

    January 5, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai On the eve of  last Thursday’s swirling snow storm, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered an inspiring 2018 State of the State address in Albany that contained several encouraging messages for CUNY Faculty. More Funding for Higher Education Trickle-down economics, Governor Cuomo asserted, doesn’t work.  Accordingly, the Governor asserted, “there will […]

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  • University URLs: CUNY’s New Year

    January 2, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai Perhaps, once our grading was finished last week, faculty finally had time to read the paper—or not read the paper, as some of us may have preferred.  If it was the latter, here are a few things you might have missed: Frank Bruni, lamenting 2017 as Higher Ed’s Low Moment, when a […]

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  • State Inspector General Probing CUNY use of Problematic Journals and Conferences

    January 2, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino My previous post, ‘Predatory Journals and Conferences: Beware and Be Safe’  discussed the operation of journals and conferences by for-profit agents who prey upon academics.  Operators of these journals avoid the peer-review process that supports the integrity of scholarly work, and, in so doing, undermine respect for the value of scholarly work—a […]

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