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  • UFS Against the Boycott Brigades

    May 2, 2016 | Student Affairs

    From Jay Weiser   The boycotts are popping up even faster than the tulips: CUNY’s Doctoral Student Council passed a Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions at a meeting held at 4:30 pm on Friday, April 15 — when it would be difficult for students observing the Jewish Shabbat to attend.  (The Doctoral Students also passed a […]

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  • Taking Laps or Treading Water? The Best TAP for Students, Continued.

    February 19, 2016 | Student Affairs

    By Philip A. Pecorino I agree with my colleague, Hugo Fernandez, that indeed “…it is a mistake to force students to take on a full load of courses and use their financial aid to do it before they are ready, then complain when they fail many of those initial classes, waste their financial aid,  compromise their […]

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  • Full-time or Part-Time Enrollment: What’s Best for Students?

    February 16, 2016 | Student Affairs

    By Hugo Fernandez One possible takeaway from last November’s UFS conference “Supporting Academic Success: New York City’s Education System K-16″ is that we may not be doing our students a favor by encouraging them to move into college as full-time students before they are ready.   One of the ways we do this is by making it much more difficult for them […]

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  • Slow, But Steady: Increasing Part-Time Tuition Assistance

    February 13, 2016 | Student Affairs

    By Bill Crain  According to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, over 80,000 students, across the units of the City University of New York, attend college part-time.  Many of these students, unlike full-time students, are obliged to pay their tuition without assistance—and yet, part-time students who struggle with the simultaneous demands of work, study, and, often, […]

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  • Getting Those Graduation Numbers Up – ASAP!

    January 4, 2016 | Student Affairs

    By Manfred Philipp  CUNY’s ASAP program for community colleges gets plaudits for being an innovative program that can actually demonstrate significantly higher graduation rates for community college students. As reported in the New York Times, ASAP “nearly doubled the share of students graduating within three years (to 40 percent from 22 percent). ASAP also increased the share enrolling in a […]

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  • Students in Need: Reducing Food Insecurity at CUNY

    December 2, 2015 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  While many discussions of the challenges low-income students face have focused upon college debt, many students face a more immediate challenge: getting enough to eat.  Reports, since last winter, suggest that food insecurity is on the rise among college students. A recent post by Matt Reed, author of the popular Inside Higher Ed blog, Confessions of a Community College […]

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  • The CUNY Scorecard

    September 14, 2015 | Student Affairs

    by Manfred Philipp The Obama administration, according to the New York Times, has given up its effort to rate the quality of the nation’s undergraduate colleges and universities. Instead, it has opened a web site that gives annual costs, 4 and 6 year graduation rates (for 2 and 4 year colleges), and 10-year-out average salaries […]

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  • How Private is Your Email?

    August 31, 2015 | Student Affairs

    by Philip Pecorino      From the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email correspondence; to the “private” emails exchanged between Phyllis M. Wise, outgoing chancellor of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, with university administrators and trustees over the rescinding of Professor Steven Salaita’s  job offer at the University of Illinois; to the recent hacking of […]

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  • Back 2 School—and Defending the Liberal Arts

    August 26, 2015 | Student Affairs

    From Emily Tai We hope all our readers had a wonderful summer! As a new academic year begins, here are a few links that can help faculty answer questions from a skeptical students—or their parents—regarding the value of the liberal arts—and a college degree: British Council Survey suggests success may be tied to a Liberal […]

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  • How Much is Spent Per Student?

    May 3, 2015 | Student Affairs

    By Manfred Philipp and Emily Tai   New Yorkers can take heart: New York is still one of the states in which the state government contributes more to the cost of educating students in public colleges and universities than the student contributes in tuition. A recent report, Rich Schools, Poor Students: Tapping Large University Endowments […]

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