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  • Keeping an Eye on the UFS Blog

    November 24, 2015 | University Life

    By Emily Tai and Jay Weiser  Phil Morley, writing on his respected Interfolio blog, just named the UFS Blog one of Five faculty affairs blogs we keep an eye on: Far from a newsreel relevant only to the City University of New York, the Faculty Senate’s blog features diverse stories tackling from many angles the question of how best to serve the needs […]

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  • NYC K-16 Follow-up – Math You Use, from the CUNYMath Blog to the Washington Post

    November 20, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Jonathan Cornick Last April, the CUNYMath Blog featured Math You Use?  by Jonathan Cornick, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Queensborough Community College.  A CUNY Academic Commons website, the CUNYMath Blog features student accomplishments and faculty thoughts on curriculum and research.  “The piece vanished into obscurity,” Professor Cornick explained — until last Friday, when he attended the UFS Fall Conference, Supporting […]

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  • Stand With SUNY Campaign – and Standing With CUNY

    November 12, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Manfred Philipp  SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has used her access to the upstate news media to push for more funds for her university. Zimpher’s Stand with SUNY campaign, which began November 5, asks for a renewal of NYSUNY2020, which asks for a 14 percent increase in state aid and continued authority for SUNY colleges to increase tuition by up to $300 a […]

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  • Is College Readiness Ready for Prime Time?

    November 11, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai and Kathleen Barker  The New York City Department of Education identifies a series of College and Career Readiness Benchmarks that students need to be successful in college, and in the workplace.  Unfortunately, a recently-released Department of Education report indicates that, as of this year, only 35% of New York City Public High School students meet those benchmarks. […]

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  • The Common Core: A Primer for Beginners

    November 5, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai    As of this writing, 42 states have adopted the Common Core, a set of academic standards in Mathematics and  English Language Arts skills that are meant to establish “what a student should know and be able to do” by the end of each grade in primary and secondary school through the completion of the High School […]

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  • Meet Your Campus Student Leaders

    October 29, 2015 | University Life

    By LaRoi Lawton  The UFS Committee on Student Affairs is asking faculty representatives to the University Faculty Senate to meet with their student counterparts: student governance leaders who represent the Student Association on your campus, and who may represent your campus as senators in CUNY’s University Student Senate According to its website, “The University Student Senate was founded in 1972 with the […]

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  • 21st Century CUNY: Serve Diverse Students and Don’t Strip Down

    October 26, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By John R. Wallach  CUNY is approaching a fork in the road. Does it chart a new path for a large, urban public university serving a diverse student population, many of whom have not previously attended college and hail from other countries? Or, does it follow the current trend of stripping down public universities so they […]

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  • Flying COACHE: Get Your Copy of Your College Survey Results

    October 21, 2015 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser  CUNY can’t go first-class until we fly COACHE. Last spring, exhorted by Kay Conway and Emily Tai in the UFS Blog, CUNY faculty had high participation rates in the online COACHE survey, a Harvard-based national faculty satisfaction survey that benchmarks colleges against their peers. The results are now back for our undergraduate institutions (both community and senior colleges), and […]

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  • Spotlight on UFS Conference Keynote Speaker: David L. Kirp

    October 20, 2015 | University Life

    David J. Kirp is James D. Marver professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the author of numerous books, including, most recently,  Improbable Scholars:  The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools (Oxford University Press, 2013). Improbable Scholars tells the story of how […]

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  • K-16 Education in NYC: UFS Conference, Friday Nov. 13 – Save the Date!

    October 8, 2015 | University Life

    CUNY offers admission to New York City students with high school degrees, yet more than 70% come in needing remediation.  The UFS fall conference, Supporting academic success through NYC’s education system: K-16 (Friday, Nov. 13th, 8:30 AM – 1 PM, location TBA) offers a rare opportunity to discuss efforts — nationally, at  CUNY, and in partnership with NYC schools — […]

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