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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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  • Conferences at CUNY!

    August 30, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino A number of conferences on innovations in pedagogy, technology, and higher education are being offered at CUNY campuses this fall. Consider attending—or presenting! The CUNY-Wide Conference on Academic Integrity at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Friday, September 29, 2017 will offer remarks by Keynote speaker Sandra Jamieson of Drew University, a […]

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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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  • Living in An Infosphere

    July 18, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Roman Kossak In the 2016-2020 CUNY Master Plan,  we read: Technology affects virtually every aspect of college communications, operations and structures from admissions to advising, from pedagogy and curricula to how research is conducted, disseminated and evaluated. Most important perhaps is that conduct technology has given rise to a generation of students who have […]

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  • Paying for Education: Doing the Math

    June 19, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  Graduation may be past, and future freshmen may already be anticipating their first college courses this fall. But it’s scholarship season in New York, where Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new Excelsior scholarship has opened its first application period, active until July 21. The response has been overwhelming: over 21,000 applications in the first week. […]

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  • How Quickly Can You Graduate?

    June 9, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai   The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” bring a close to another academic year — and bad news on economic diversity, which has been in decline at the nation’s top public universities, thanks to diminished funding from state and federal government. David Leonhardt reports on the New York Times College Access Index, which measures economic […]

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  • Benchmarking CUNY Critical Maintenance and Student Performance

    June 6, 2017 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser Wall Street Journal articles compare CUNY with other university systems nationwide. On the (relatively) bright side, Aging Pipes and Leaky Roofs Plague College Campuses flags CUNY’s Critical Maintenance program as a national leader.  Nationally, universities face a looming disaster after neglecting their existing physical plant, often in favor of glitzy new buildings.  As the […]

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  • The Illiberal Arts — Campus Freedom of Speech Update

    June 3, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  Days before receiving an honorary degree from the CUNY School of Public Health, Muslim activist Linda Sarsour denounced a student at a public Dartmouth College question and answer event for having the temerity to be white, male and ask her a question. Welcome to CUNY’s distinguished roster of honorees, Ms. Sarsour! In other academic […]

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  • CUNY Master Plan Comments: Faculty’s Pivotal Role

    May 30, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By the Committee on the Status of the Faculty The measures in the CUNY Master Plan of 2016, “The Connected University,” do not properly acknowledge the pivotal role of the faculty in shaping the educational direction of the university and the well-being of its students” and called attention to three critical areas that need to be reconsidered. […]

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  • College or Certificates? Education for Students after Prison

    May 17, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  A recent article in The Wall Street Journal quoted Brooklyn College Professor of Economics, Robert Cherry in arguing for the value of vocational certificate programs for incarcerated students. A 2003 study by the Bureau of Justice statistics found that 68% of the adults incarcerated in state prisons have not completed a high […]

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