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  • Reconfiguring Community College Semesters

    March 2, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino and Kay Conway Several initiatives are driving CUNY’s community colleges (CCs) to consider moving from a 15 week semester schedule to a 12/6 schedule, where colleges offer courses in a two part 18 week semester. CUNY’s Strategic Framework emphasizes access, completion, and students taking 15 credits per semester. Additionally, Gov. Cuomo’s proposed […]

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  • NY Women’s Suffrage Centennial: UFS & USS Commemorate 100 CUNY Women

    March 1, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  In a ground-breaking collaboration, the University Faculty Senate and the University Student Senate will be joining forces to help celebrate the coming centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. New York was not only at the center of the campaign for women’s suffrage, beginning with the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, […]

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  • Excelsior Scholarship Proposal: Faculty Q&A

    February 17, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Ned Benton The Excelsior Scholarship Program (ES) is a proposed New York State financial aid program designed to cover tuition costs for students whose family income does not exceed $125,000. The program, if approved by the Legislature and enacted by the Governor, would be phased in over three years and would be coordinated with other […]

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  • Budget Update: Excelsior and the IG

    February 15, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Kay Conway  Governor Cuomo released his Executive Budget last month, which included the Excelsior Scholarship, a program he announced at LaGuardia Community College. Excelsior or bust The Excelsior was met with much fanfare and in general is a very positive development. However, as our UFS Committee on Student Affairs, and USS leadership has noted, […]

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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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  • What Happened to Mathematics?

    February 6, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Roman Kossak “Let nobody ignorant of geometry enter here” was a warning at the entrance to Plato’s Academy. “The Book of Nature is written in the language of mathematics,” wrote Galileo. Mathematics used to be the Queen of Sciences. It is highly paradoxical that now, when our lives have become so dependent on mathematics-driven […]

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  • Quarterly Report on Faculty Diversity Now Available

    February 5, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker  The Board of Trustees has approved the Quarterly Report on Faculty Diversity, January 18, 2017, authored by Vice Chancellor Gloriana Waters and Dean of Recruitment, Diversity and Compliance, Dr. Arlene Torres. The report contains four major sections and three appendices. Part One: Assessment (Overview of Current Situation) Part Two: Discussion of Labor […]

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  • Saving the National Endowment for the Humanities

    January 31, 2017 | University Life

    By Sandi Cooper The budget proposal that is being shaped in the White House promises to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities (as well as the National Endowment for the Arts). There are any number of groups such as The National Humanities Alliance, Change.org, and the International Association of Medieval Art which have online […]

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