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  • Homeless in College

    September 11, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai Among the many groups of students who struggle for access to higher education in the United States are the 13% students who have been made homeless by the death or arrest of a custodial parent.  Students can also find themselves without a place to live because of factors related to their sexual […]

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  • How Quickly Can You Graduate?

    June 9, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai   The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” bring a close to another academic year — and bad news on economic diversity, which has been in decline at the nation’s top public universities, thanks to diminished funding from state and federal government. David Leonhardt reports on the New York Times College Access Index, which measures economic […]

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  • College or Certificates? Education for Students after Prison

    May 17, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  A recent article in The Wall Street Journal quoted Brooklyn College Professor of Economics, Robert Cherry in arguing for the value of vocational certificate programs for incarcerated students. A 2003 study by the Bureau of Justice statistics found that 68% of the adults incarcerated in state prisons have not completed a high […]

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  • Evaluating Excelsior

    April 17, 2017 | Academic Affairs, Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai   Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new Excelsior Scholarship —  specifics in the 2017 New York State Budget — is stirring debate across New York State and the country. Private universities worry about the impact the scholarship will have on their enrollments. Some critics argue that the 30-credit-a-year requirement will exclude part-time students.  They are also concerned by a […]

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  • Supporting Part-time Students: UFS Student Affairs Committee Position Paper

    April 12, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Bill Crain, Laroi M. Lawton, and James McElwaine Since 2007, one of every three CUNY students has been enrolled as a part-time student. Part-time students now account for 35.1 percent of those enrolled at CUNY community and senior colleges. In 2013, the Governor and Legislature increased the maximum award under TAP, unchanged since 2001. […]

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  • Who Finishes College?

    April 5, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Only 1 in 3 Americans hold a college degree.  Although 69.2 % of America’s high school graduates enrolled in college in 2015, only 59% completed a baccalaureate degree within six years. (Third Way found only slightly higher graduation rates at America’s private institutions.) While younger Americans are more likely to enjoy higher levels of […]

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  • Graduation Rates Up, Preparedness Down: No Cause for CUNY Celebration

    February 13, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino Both the State and the City of New York have recently reported a rise in high school graduation rates.  But college preparedness still leaves much to be desired.  It presents a major challenge for colleges that admit students whose reading, writing and mathematical skills are not at the level needed for academic […]

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  • Higher Education and Upward Mobility

    February 12, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Last Monday evening, a conference/panel at the CUNY Graduate Center presented more findings from the recent study mentioned in a recent New York Times article, discussing the impact of public higher education on economic mobility. Higher Education and Intergenerational Mobility featured the study’s author, Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics at Stanford University; […]

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  • College and the Job Market Reconsidered

    February 10, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Last Sunday’s New York Times Education Life section considered the role that college education, linked with professional apprenticeships, can play in preparing Americans for manufacturing jobs that often require advanced mathematics and computer science skills. Educating the Apprentice The UFS Blog has discussed the apprenticeship model—more common in Europe than in the […]

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  • NYS Scholarships, Federal Cuts

    January 23, 2017 | Student Affairs

      By Emily Tai Opportunities for New York Students in the News: Last week, in America’s Great Working Class Colleges, the City University of New York was named among the top five public university systems that have been engines of economic mobility, propelling low-income students into the top three-fifths of the American income ladder. If you’re […]

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