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  • Master the Moment: Testify Before the Board of Trustees on CUNY’s Master Plan

    June 15, 2016 | University Life

    By Karen Kaplowitz    The NYS Education Law requires CUNY (as well as SUNY and each independent and proprietary college in the State) to formulate 4-year Master Plans, which must be approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees and then the NYS Education Department and the Governor.  The next CUNY Master Plan, for 2016-2020, is […]

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  • Express Yourself: Testify at BoT Freedom of Expression Policy Hearing

    June 13, 2016 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  Last week, with Board of Trustees committee meetings looming, the Executive Committees of the University Faculty Senate and the University Student Senate were scrambling to review the finalized draft of the new policy on Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct.  The draft policy had only been shared a few days earlier—and over a week after […]

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  • Happy Graduation Day!

    June 5, 2016 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Although The New York Times pulled punches in describing CUNY’s desperate funding plight last Sunday, there was good news to report as CUNY students graduated this week: On Thursday, Ms. Jo Ann Carpenter, a single mother of two once featured in the “Neediest Cases” series of The New York Times, earned her BA from John Jay College […]

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  • Ed Tech News: CUNY Technology Today

    May 17, 2016 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino   Topics in the Spring 2016 CUNY CIS Technology Today: CUNY Deploys MATLAB and Simulink for all Faculty and Students CUNY Virtual Desktop – Initial Rollout Latest Blackboard Upgrade Turnitin Building Block Now Available on Blackboard Finding Information on Third-Party Blackboard Building Blocks Office Pro Plus for Faculty IT Accessibility Virtual Bookstore Ed […]

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  • State Higher Ed Support, by the Numbers

    May 11, 2016 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai   The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) has now released its annual report on Higher Education, which tracks funding, and other annual measures of support for colleges and universities, state by state. The good news is that, New York State actually has recorded a modest rise in appropriation—of $180 per full-time enrolled student—over the last […]

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  • Healthy Workplace Act Update: Upcoming Conference

    May 9, 2016 | University Life

    By Greggory Morris As efforts to pass the New York Healthy Workplace Bill, New York Senate Bill (S6438) and New York Assembly Bill (A3250)., mount since a day of advocacy last February, several events have been organized to publicize the objectives of the bill: The New York Education Empowerment Forum 2016 – Battling Corruption & Harassment, a major conference addressing […]

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  • Making the Case for Tenure

    May 5, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai   We’ve all heard the case against tenure.  There’s the stereotype of the “cushy” life, described by retired sociologist David Rubinstein in The Weekly Standard in 2011.  There’s the critique of Mark C. Taylor, Professor of Religion at Columbia University, who argued in his 2010 book, Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and […]

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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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  • Ed Tech News: CAT (Committee on Academic Technology) Purrs Along

    April 24, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino   Creating CAT   When decisions need to be made concerning university wide purchases or contracts with vendors for educational technology, how does the University get input from faculty?  Back in September 2008, CUNY Vice Chancellor Alexandra Logue, with University Director of Academic Technology George Otte, created a university Committee on Academic Technology, quickly called CAT.  The […]

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  • UFS Affirms U. Chicago Campus Freedom of Expression Principles

    April 20, 2016 | University Life

    Resolution Affirming the University of Chicago Report on Freedom of Expression on Campus   Recitals 1. The University Faculty Senate has long advocated for academic freedom. 2. Freedom of expression on college campuses has become a contested national issue. 3. The Report of the University of Chicago’s Committee on Freedom of Expression (January 2015) is a […]

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