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  • UFS Experiential Learning Testimony Before CUNY Board of Trustees

    March 6, 2015 | Student Affairs

    By UFS Chair Terrence Martell    As regards Governor Cuomo’s Mandate for an Experiential Learning Requirement for all students in CUNY and SUNY: While there may be benefits to experiential learning, the abbreviated time frame and the circumvention of normal curriculum approval processes, at both the faculty and the Board of Trustees level, requires that […]

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  • Faculty Views of Experiential Learning, Continued: Look Before You LEAP

    March 4, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Sandi Cooper  We can thank Governor Cuomo for inspiring a useful discussion among our faculty about what is in the best interests of our students.   Even if we agree that “experiential learning” has some place in a college degree (two? four? year), where is the evidence that it insures a student’s chances of […]

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  • CUNY in the (Good!) News

    March 2, 2015 | University Life

    From Emily S. Tai and Philip Pecorino The findings of a new MDRC study, reviewing the three-year impact of CUNY’s ASAP program is discussed in two articles that share some really, really good news, and a New York Times Editorial that is similarly enthusiastic: “Program’s Extra Support for Community College Students is Paying Off,” The […]

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  • Faculty Comments on Experiential Learning: What It Looks Like in Europe

    March 2, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    Bby Manfred Philipp   In the European context, experiential learning is an essential part of the educational system. But experiential learning is essential to a different part of the system. Not higher ed.   Rather, experiential learning is encouraged for those students for whom universities are a bad fit. People who become skilled watchmakers, machinists, […]

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  • Moving the New New York Forward: Governor Cuomo’s Vision for Public Higher Education in New York and the Experiential Learning Requirement

    February 22, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Julie D. Trachman On October 23, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo released what Capital Confidential has termed a “manifesto” for Cuomo’s second term, Moving the New New York Forward.    This document provides some background for the Experiential Learning Requirement contained in the Governor’s recent budget proposal. Governor Cuomo’s document presents a number of policy recommendations that […]

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  • Cuomo’s Experiential Learning Proposal: The UFS Response

    February 21, 2015 | University Life

    Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year has proposed that every degree program at CUNY and SUNY would require an experiential learning experience for graduation. On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the University Faculty Senate voted unanimously to endorse the following resolution in response:   Resolution on Mandated Experiential Learning Whereas, experiential or applied learning […]

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  • What’s College For? CUNY Funding and The Day the Purpose of College Changed

    February 5, 2015 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino   In The Day the Purpose of College Changed, Dan Berrett looks back to the beginning of a new era for public higher education, inaugurated in 1967 by newly-elected California Governor Ronald Reagan.  After facing down protestors at the University of California, Davis campus, Reagan deplored the expectation that taxpayers should foot […]

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  • Follow the UFS Blog on Facebook – CUNY University Faculty Senate

    January 31, 2015 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser    The UFS Blog is now live on Facebook.  From our Facebook page, you can Like us and get UFS blog posts in your newsfeed as they appear.    For the über-cool, who always stomp the competition on the latest version of Candy Crush, I have also created Facebook newsfeeds for CUNY-SUNY and for […]

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  • Defining Community College Success: Academic Rigor or Workplace Training?

    January 26, 2015 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Cuomo’s state of the colleges Last Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address included several nods to CUNY.  The governor referred to distinguished City College graduate General Colin Powell, as one of many success stories to emerge from public higher education.  The Governor pledged that the State of […]

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  • Funding and Access in Higher Education

    January 21, 2015 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  As President Obama’s plan for Free Community College was promoted in the President’s State of the Union Address last night, and debunked in a recent post by Republican House Speaker John Boehner, news, commentaries, and statistics suggest that more community college students are studying the Liberal Arts; that CUNY (despite allegations to […]

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