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  • The Gentleman’s A

    March 29, 2016 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser   Are your special snowflakes melting down over Halloween costumes or Trump chalkings?  Are they enraged at the Easter Bunny for the speciesist microaggression of appropriating chocolate eggs?  There’s an easy solution: give straight As. Catherine Rampell discussed a recent grade inflation study in The rise of the ‘gentleman’s A’ and the GPA arms […]

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  • Hope on the Horizon? – CUNY University Faculty Senate

    March 28, 2016 | University Life

    By Emily Tai   At a March 24 Die-In outside the Manhattan office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, police arrested 41 individuals, including PSC Chair Barbara Bowen, and Councilwoman Inez Barron.  The demonstration appears to have finally swayed Governor Cuomo, who has now reportedly pledged $1.68 Billion in New York State support for CUNY. One catch is a condition that an “efficiency […]

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  • Martell to Sen. LaValle: Protect CUNY’s Invaluable Resource

    March 24, 2016 | University Life

    Jay Weiser and Emily Tai recently quoted from UFS Chair Terrence Martell’s to State Senator Kenneth LaValle, the powerful Chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education. The full letter is reproduced below.     Please contact New York State Assembly members and New York State Senators if you have not already done so.  CUNY’s future is at stake. […]

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  • Open Letters: Defending CUNY, Not Defunding It

    March 23, 2016 | University Life

    by Jay Weiser and Emily Tai   In a March 21 open letter, the chairs of twenty CUNY college foundations wrote that Governor Cuomo’s proposed $485 million CUNY cost shift to New York City left them “deeply concerned . . .  about the health, future and continued independence of CUNY.”   Graduate Center professor and New York Times columnist Paul […]

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  • Ed Tech News: CUNY.is/LIVE

    March 18, 2016 | University Life

    by Philip Pecorino  Here is a service few on the CUNY faculty know about but many might be able to use to good advantage if you have an event that you would like to broadcast live on the internet.    CUNY.is/LIVE may be the right solution for you.   CUNY.is/LIVE is a live-stream channel available to members of the CUNY […]

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  • CUNY’s Peril in the News

    March 14, 2016 | University Life

    By Emily Tai   The $485 Million dollar cut that CUNY could face as a result of New York State Governor Cuomo’s plan to shift primary funding responsibility to New York City has attracted a good deal of comment in major media, much of it sympathetic to CUNY faculty and the Professional Staff Congress, staff members […]

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  • CUNY Students Enthrall the Mall: UFS at Albany Research Event

    March 13, 2016 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser   CUNY students and their SUNY peers made their annual pilgrimage to Albany’s Empire State Mall for a Feb. 24 joint poster presentation of undergraduate research at the Legislative Office Building.  This year’s theme was Exploration and Observation: Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Activities Forum. Students from SUNY Fredonia’s well-known music program provided festive accompaniment.  Members of the group, which […]

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  • Keeping an Eye on the Dashboard

    March 9, 2016 | University Life

    By Emily Tai, Ned Benton, and Kay Conway   The current interest in institutional accountability, paired with the capacity of technology to deliver fast facts on line, has supported the construction of “institutional dashboards:” websites that allow the public to assess the relative progress of an institution of higher education toward meeting strategic goals through […]

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  • CUNY Is Under Siege! Budget Update

    March 3, 2016 | University Life

    By Kay Conway    The UFS Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) met with Vice-Chancellor Matthew Sapienza and University Executive Budget Director Cathy Abata on Friday.  There’s news on the budget process, but great uncertainty on next year’s actual budget.   Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he will fund retroactive salary increases ($240 million) but that funding is contingent […]

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  • Higher Education: Plus Ça Change – But Minus the Cash

    March 1, 2016 | University Life

    By Emily Tai As a historian, I’ve been enjoying the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey of its cover pages, back to the publication’s first appearance in 1966. Headlines in 1969 described campus disruptions as black students organized in support of civil rights, and faculty divided over scholarly and political issues.  1971 brought attacks on academic tenure, allegations […]

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