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  • On Community College Fund Raising: We, Too, Must Pass the Hat

    November 23, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai  In the best of circumstances, community college fundraising grows from each institution’s close ties to their community.  Nationwide, community colleges are vital contributors to arts, continuing education, and workforce development, especially in smaller cities and rural areas.   Why not then ask local businesses and institutions to partner with local community colleges financially, as well?  But […]

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  • Top Picks on Best Practices in Faculty Retiree Email/Database Access

    November 10, 2014 | University Life

    ByJay Weiser  Push ’em out the door (but with IT support): American Council on Education, Advancing an Agenda for Excellence: Supporting Faculty Retirement Transitions, Conference Executive Summaries (2011) (brief mention of IT support)  Offer Social and Emotional Support, Presidents Say, (but isn’t EBSCO better than a cup of hot cocoa and a shoulder to cry on?) […]

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  • Retiree E-mail and Research Database Access: UFS Action Update

    November 9, 2014 | University Life

    By Kathleen Barker and Terrence Martell Maintaining a professional email address and being able to traffic among the digital resources to maintain one’s intellectual life should not be among the changes and challenges faculty face when they retire. Yet, our current faculty contract doesn’t guarantee these privileges.    To achieve a solution, we need to […]

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  • Faculty Top Picks

    October 24, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Conference at Saint John’s College asks: What is Liberal Education For? New model for the College of New Jersey, a teaching institution: allotting faculty research time, but encouraging professors to involve students to raise engagement. Benefits of Free covers a debate over community college tuition scholarships in Tennessee and Chicago, with implications for CUNY. 2 + 2 = […]

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  • How “Civil” is Academic Freedom?

    October 20, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino When a faculty member takes a controversial position, are they breaching codes of civility? Engaging in “conduct unbecoming?” Or are they doing what faculty are supposed to do—asking the hard, enduring questions that contribute to knowledge…and relying on the long-esteemed protection of academic freedom—to discharge their duty as academics? In Pleas for […]

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  • Top Policy Picks From the Groves of Academe

    October 16, 2014 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser  AAUP’s 2014 Bulletin offers reports on several areas where the UFS has actively represented CUNY’s faculty: Are sinister forces monitoring you?  Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications.  The UFS negotiated CUNY’s Computer Use Policy. Faculty should have rights to the intellectual property they produce: Statement on Intellectual Property Defending the Freedom to Innovate: Faculty […]

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  • Decentralizing CUNY Ph.D Programs

    October 3, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Peter Brass Many CUNY Graduate Center programs have a conflict between the faculty at the CUNY colleges and the aims of the Graduate Center leadership: which faculty should be allowed membership?  Should PhD-programs be open to all research-active faculty, or restricted to star faculty from the colleges and a few Graduate Center appointed faculty? […]

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  • The Art and Science of Enrollment Management

    September 29, 2014 | Student Affairs

    By Michael Barnhart As many faculty now recognize, CUNY’s financing is enrollment driven. Tuition accounts for 45% of 4-year-college operating budgets and 41% of community college operating budgets. State aid to community colleges is calculated on the basis of “full-time equivalency” or FTEs. Tuition, state and city aid, all depend on enrollment. Graduate enrollment, while […]

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  • History of Faculty Opposition to Pathways in AAUP’s Academe – CUNY University Faculty Senate

    September 24, 2014 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  In The Fight Against Pathways at CUNY, Brooklyn College’s Alex S. Vitale traces the history of Faculty opposition to the so-called “Pathways” curriculum, including the University Faculty Senate’s alliance with the Professional Staff Congress. The UFS Pathways Responses Webpage has an American Association of University Professors segment, detailing the organization’s support. Professor […]

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  • UFS Executive Committee Continues to Oppose Academic Boycotts – CUNY University Faculty Senate

    September 21, 2014 | University Life

    Last week, the Doctoral Student Council at the CUNY Graduate Center considered, then withdrew, a “Resolution for the Endorsement of Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions.” The Executive Committee of the University Faculty Senate continues to respect the convictions of colleagues who have taking a range of positions on Middle Eastern politics, along with their academic […]

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