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  • How Hard Are We Working?

    February 7, 2018 | University Life

    By Emily Tai One of the more difficult myths academics contend with is the myth of the idle professor.   Being a professor is no work at all, some insist—a stress-free job, as Forbes Magazine argued, a few years ago.  Even studies that grudgingly concede that professors are doing something—whatever it may be—argue that the “flexible […]

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  • The University Faculty Senate Fall, 2017 Conference: A Synopsis

    February 6, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kimora Faculty heard a great deal of valuable information from the speakers at the fall, 2017 University Faculty Senate Conference, held on November 3, 2017 at the Graduate Center/CUNY. The title of the conference was Innovations and Disruptions in Higher Education: Views from the Professoriate.  Here are some highlights: Dr. Matthew Cotter, Executive Director […]

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  • Are Your Students Hungry?

    January 22, 2018 | Student Affairs

    by Emily Tai Among the several student-friendly proposals unveiled by Governor Cuomo in his 2018 state-of-the-state speech was the “No Student Goes Hungry,” program, a five-point plan to address food insecurity among public school students in New York State. While four of the provisions are specifically aimed at fighting hunger among K-12 students, the fifth […]

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  • A New CUNY Collaboration: Governor’s Island!

    January 19, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    by Matthew Cotter Governors Island, located in the New York Harbor just off the southern tip of Manhattan, is a unique resource of the City of New York, offering access to nature and buildings that represent multiple periods of New York City history. CUNY is planning a collaboration with the Governors Island Trust to make […]

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  • Registration Announcement for 2018 Higher Education Conference

    January 10, 2018 | University Life

    Since 1972, the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions has served as a national labor-management center dedicated to studying the use of collective bargaining as an important means for advancing higher education and the working conditions of faculty and staff in colleges and universities.  Affiliated with Hunter […]

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  • New Guidelines for Designating your Course as a “Zero Textbook Cost” Section

    January 8, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker Using Open Educational Resources for Your Course Instead of a Textbook? The Office of the University Registrar has announced that there are new designations to indicate that courses utilize open educational resources and zero text book costs (ZTC/OER). Through various CUNYfirst search functions, the designation allows faculty to publicize their courses as […]

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  • What’s in the State Budget for CUNY

    January 5, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai On the eve of  last Thursday’s swirling snow storm, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered an inspiring 2018 State of the State address in Albany that contained several encouraging messages for CUNY Faculty. More Funding for Higher Education Trickle-down economics, Governor Cuomo asserted, doesn’t work.  Accordingly, the Governor asserted, “there will […]

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  • University URLs: CUNY’s New Year

    January 2, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai Perhaps, once our grading was finished last week, faculty finally had time to read the paper—or not read the paper, as some of us may have preferred.  If it was the latter, here are a few things you might have missed: Frank Bruni, lamenting 2017 as Higher Ed’s Low Moment, when a […]

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  • State Inspector General Probing CUNY use of Problematic Journals and Conferences

    January 2, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino My previous post, ‘Predatory Journals and Conferences: Beware and Be Safe’  discussed the operation of journals and conferences by for-profit agents who prey upon academics.  Operators of these journals avoid the peer-review process that supports the integrity of scholarly work, and, in so doing, undermine respect for the value of scholarly work—a […]

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  • Taxing Higher Education? — Part II

    December 20, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai As the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives finalized a negotiated version of the new tax bill, educators may be relieved to hear that several of the most egregious proposals, aimed at post-secondary institutions of higher learning and those who attend them, have been removed: Graduate Student stipends will be taxable, […]

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