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  • A Really Bad Wisconsin Idea

    November 10, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily S. Tai Two years ago, I reported that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker began his campaign to “reform” public higher education in his state by removing the long-cherished Wisconsin Idea from the University of Wisconsin’s mission statement.  While this particular effort was foiled by the Wisconsin State legislature, the Governor was able to remove […]

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  • Campus Speech and Anti-Klan Laws

    November 8, 2017 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser [Note: This article first appeared in the Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017] A brawl broke out in an “Empathy Tent” at the University of California, Berkeley last week, marking the official start of college riot season. Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions braved protesters at Georgetown Law Center, where he promised […]

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  • When Enough isn’t Enough: Title IX in New York

    October 19, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily Tai Just as United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced plans, last June, to review previous measures taken by the Obama administration to protect students from for-profit educational institutions, so, too, has she now moved to rescind another Obama-era Higher Education policy: this one related to sexual assault and Title IX legislation. […]

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  • (Un)Happy Campus Equity Week!

    October 17, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily Tai This October, Campus Equity Week (also known as Fair Employment Week), will be celebrated from October 26-30.  Organized, since 1999, by the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, Campus Equity Week honors the contingent faculty who now represent 70% of the instructional staff  on the campuses of America’s colleges and universities, but who […]

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  • Helping Hands, Part Two: Hurricane Relief

    October 3, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily S. Tai Last month brought brutal weather conditions around the world, which has affected friends, family, and colleagues of many CUNY faculty. If you are interested in contributing to Hurricane relief—for Houston, Miami, Puerto Rico, or Bangladesh—the following websites and organizations may be of interest: Disaster relief is being coordinated at each CUNY […]

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  • Helping Hands, Part One: Assisting Undocumented Students

    October 3, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily S. Tai  While many CUNY students face challenges, there are special difficulties currently confronting undocumented students who both arrived in the United States as children and registered themselves in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Despite America’s rich history of immigration, which has brought the richness of their intellect and experience […]

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  • Ed Tech News: 2017 Developments in CUNY

    September 28, 2017 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino Welcome back to a new academic year! CUNY Computer Information Systems spent a busy summer, advancing CUNY’s Educational Technologies and its infrastructure of support for faculty. A Single Sign On Have you ever wished you had just one password to remember?   Over the summer, CUNY got closer to achieving that goal!  Faculty […]

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  • University URL: How Harvey Helps DACA

    September 19, 2017 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser (Reprinted from The American Interest: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/09/05/harvey-helps-daca/) President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, finally acting after months of on-again, off-again threats. DACA’s termination is the latest expression of the incoherence of American immigration policy. The program began as an Obama Administration effort […]

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  • University URLs: Students, Educators, and Hurricane Harvey

    September 2, 2017 | University Life

    From Emily S. Tai In an echo of the way that CUNY students were involved in efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy,  this week’s Inside Higher Ed  included a profile of students from Western Carolina University, who put the boats from their fishing club to work to help victims stranded by Hurricane Harvey. The […]

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  • Welcome to the new, improved, UFS Blog!

    August 23, 2017 | University Life

    We’re grateful to the Web Services team in the CUNY Office of Communication and Marketing that helped us to migrate our blog content to a new server, with a new look! As we start this semester, we take a moment to recognize our colleagues at another long-established institution of public higher education, the University of […]

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