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  • Freedom of Expression Policy: New Draft

    September 23, 2016 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser  Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Rick Schaffer has circulated a new version of the Policy on Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct.  This version (current as of 09-21-2016) is redlined against the prior version.  The file is attached as a pdf.  We will post a live link to the document shortly. The current expectation […]

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  • CCNY, $$$$ and shared governance

    September 18, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  CCNY has been in the news, and not for its academics. This tabloid darling has been roiled by CCNY faculty allegations of misuse of donated funds.  CCNY faculty deserve thanks for their relentless efforts to hold a secretive administration to account.  CUNY faculty must use college shared governance to aggressively review the colleges’ numerous affiliated entities. In […]

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  • Ed Tech News: Virtual Desktop Available CUNY-Wide

    September 17, 2016 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino  Chief Technology Officer Brian Cohen reports on the new CUNY Virtual Desktop: All students and faculty on CUNYfirst can now access certain high end software through the CUNY Virtual Desktop. The CUNY Virtual Desktop currently offers SAS, SPSS, Mathematica, Maplesoft and Matlab, with additional applications to be added in the future.  The […]

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  • Making Freshmen Read ‘Between the World and Me’ is a Mistake

    September 13, 2016 | University Life

    By Robert Cherry  Brooklyn College’s Robert Cherry recently published a New York Post op-ed  on his college’s freshman orientation reading.  It’s reprinted below.   Dozens of US colleges, including NYU and my Brooklyn College, have chosen Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” as their common freshman reading. It’s a terrible mistake — and does […]

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  • Back 2 School

    September 12, 2016 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  This week’s New York Times Magazine went back to American high school, to consider a variety of new trends shaping secondary education in the United States: A graduate of Lew Mark’s School without Walls compares his secondary school experience to teaching the Common Core, and the more traditional forms of educational content delivery […]

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  • Freedom of Expression Policy: VC Schaffer Revision Discussion at September 20 UFS Plenary

    September 9, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    From Jay Weiser After considerable controversy at the Board of Trustees June public hearing (not to mention several posts on the UFS Blog), the Administration deferred consideration of the Freedom of Expression and Expressive Conduct Policy. The UFS Exec and the Administration heard you.  After further discussion, the Administration has produced a new draft policy, redlined […]

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  • Remembering Henry Wasser

    September 7, 2016 | University Life

    By Manfred Philipp Professor Emeritus Henry Hirsch Wasser, age 97, died on Sunday morning, September 4, 2016. Professor Wasser was an eminent figure in American higher education. Born in 1919 in Pittsburgh PA, Professor Wasser earned his B.A. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His field was American […]

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  • Who’s Your Candidate?

    September 2, 2016 | University Life

    By Emily Tai   With less than 100 days left until the presidential election, it might be useful to review where the candidates stand on higher education–and consider what their ideas might mean for CUNY.   Holding the Trump Card?   While both candidates have expressed concern about the debt students and their families can incur paying for college, […]

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  • Textbooks, Conflicts of Interest, and the Law

    August 23, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino     Earlier this month those of us on the UFS FGL list were sent CUNY’s Conflict of Interest Policy adopted by the CUNY Board of Trustees last May.   This policy reflected several discussions at UFS Plenaries in 2008, when a number of senators first raised questions with Vice-Chancellor Schaffer; discussions […]

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  • Faculty Assigning Their Own Textbooks: New CUNY Policy Resolves Conflicts

    August 14, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino and Jay Weiser  Public institutions face increasing scrutiny of the cost of higher education – and of potential conflicts of interest. CUNY’s new Policy on Faculty Assigning for Purchase Their Own Works in Classrooms  addresses conflicts of interest in textbook adoptions.  When they select a textbook, our colleagues are guided by students’ […]

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