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  • Access and Excellence: CCNY’s Traditional Banner

    November 21, 2016 | University Life

    By Bill Crain  City College’s traditional Access and Excellence banner no longer flies over Convent Avenue. In its place are new banners: Aspire, Create, Lead Research, Innovate, Transform Locally Rooted, Globally Connected The new banners are appealing, but Access and Excellence expresses City College’s historic mission and is not so replaceable. The College was the country’s first free public […]

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  • Message in a Bubble: The Chancellor and the Election

    November 12, 2016 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser  The Presidential election was full of surprises.  Chancellor James Milliken’s post-election statement offers another one.  Like many university heads around the country, the Chancellor reports that student reactions “range from confusion to concern to a sense of vulnerability for themselves or their friends and classmates.” Even in deep blue New York City, […]

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  • CUNY Faculty by the Numbers: Data Resources

    November 7, 2016 | University Life

    By Dean Savage Annotated resources mentioned at UFS Plenaries: See Through NY Interactive database with salary and pension information for state, county, and municipal public employees in New York State.  Supported by the Empire Center for Public Policy, the site gets Office of the State Comptroller data by means of a Freedom of Information request.  Salary […]

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  • Who’s Your Candidate, One More Time…

    November 6, 2016 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  The EducationLife section in this week’s  Sunday New York Times analyses each presidential candidate’s approach to studentdebt; For all the times members of the UFS have decried the decline in HigherEducation funding in New York State, Follow the Finances tracks the situation in twelve other states—where cuts run as high (in Illinois, for example), as […]

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  • Student Welfare and the Tuition Increase at CUNY

    November 4, 2016 | Student Affairs

    From the UFS Committee on Student Affairs    A college education has been one of the stepping stones for entering the middle class, a dream that many have worked toward for themselves and their children. Our institution of public higher education has been there to help our students fulfill this dream for many years. Indeed, many […]

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  • I Could Have Been Fired Without Ever Knowing Why—But I Had Tenure

    October 31, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    By David Seidemann I learned about the charges brought against me only after the findings were reached. My departmental chair called me into her office and at the direction of the college administration told me what I had to do to remedy the apparently awful situation I had known nothing about. I had to change […]

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  • Missing from the Master Plan: Financial Literacy 101

    October 26, 2016 | University Life

    By LaRoi M. Lawton  The choices students make about where to go to college and how to pay for it are important for college completion and lifelong financial health. For us, financial stability is an important aspect of our daily lives, but many of our students in CUNY and especially at community colleges like Bronx […]

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  • A New Approach to Remediation

    October 23, 2016 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai Last month, at the September 30 UFS Plenary, Executive Vice-Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz unveiled a new approach to developmental learning at CUNY. The proposal would place fewer students in non-credit bearing developmental courses; allow passing grades in developmental courses to be substituted for high scores on general exit examinations; and “offer alternative routes […]

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  • Who’s Your Candidate, Again

    October 14, 2016 | University Life

    From Emily Tai  In a speech in Ohio on Wednesday, October 14,  Republican Candidate Donald Trump offered a few remarks on his views of American Higher Education—a subject he’s mostly avoided up to now.  Decrying the problem of student debt, Trump outlined a plan to make college debt repayment scaled to post-graduate income (a plan […]

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  • Friday, November 18 UFS Budget Workshop: Save the Date!

    October 13, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    By John Verzani  The CUNY budget process is a topic of some interest, as campuses continue to adjust to decreases in their budgets from previous years, instead of anticipated increases. Following up on a very successful budget workshop held last year, the UFS will again sponsor a budget workshop for CUNY faculty. On Friday November […]

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