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  • Free Community College? – CUNY University Faculty Senate

    January 12, 2015 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  Last week, President Obama made headlines with his proposal that the Federal government partner with states to shoulder the cost of community college for any student who is prepared to maintain a 2.5 GPA and maintain “steady progress” toward the achievement of an associate’s degree within two years.  Pros and Cons President […]

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  • New York Times LaGuardia Community College Recap

    January 6, 2015 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  CUNY’s Community Colleges—and their faculty—received welcome notice in Ginia Belafonte’s three-part series on La Guardia Community College in The New York Times this fall: Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation  profiled the challenges facing Community College students through the eyes of Vladimir de Jesus, a talented arts student […]

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  • Online Education: Let’s Talk About Tradeoffs

    December 23, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  The excellent UFS online education conference sometimes downplayed the tradeoffs, with George Otte’s CUNY Experience presentation an exception.  It’s often portrayed as the epitome of cool: Chancellor JB Milliken talked about organizing an online seminar for just 14 Ph.D students while at Nebraska.  That model is unlikely to be scalable at CUNY. Costs […]

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  • Who’s Doing Your Grading?

    December 14, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai  It’s the end of the semester…. Our classes are finished…. It’s time to take a deep breath; make ourselves a tall pot of steaming coffee; and settle down to that last, long, grading marathon. Surrounded though we might be by student papers and blue examination booklets, we should nevertheless bear in mind […]

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  • Defining College Access—and Success

    December 10, 2014 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Does four-year graduation reduce student debt or compromise educational quality?   Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in Four Years, Study Finds College education in juvenile correctional facilities: new Pell Grant guidelines:   Pell Grants for Juvenile Offenders Teacher training: more bad news:   Majority of City’s Trainee Teachers Flunked Literacy Tests     Emily […]

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  • Recipe for a Healthy “Ed School Crunch”

    December 8, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Kay Conway  As reported in Jay Weiser’s recent post on low education school licensing exam pass rates, Lehman Dean Harriet Fayne has said that CUNY is working to improve education students’ results.  I applaud Dean Fayne’s efforts on improvement and the lack of emphasis on lowering passing scores or diminishing the difficulty of the tests. Long term, any […]

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  • The Coming Ed School Crunch

    November 30, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  Passing Rates Decline by 20% as State Uses New Certification Exams for Teachers in the New York Times offers sobering takeaways: New York’s reading and argumentative writing tests for aspiring teachers have a passing rate of just 68 percent. Teacher education programs risk their accreditation if they fall below an 80 percent passing rate […]

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  • The War on Christmas: K-12 Edition

    November 28, 2014 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser and Philip Pecorino  Over the past year, UFS Senators Phil Pecorino, Peter Brass, and Jay Weiser, have discussed CUNY’s increasingly archaic treatment of religious holidays. A quick search of Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle indicates the issue hasn’t yet hit college calendars.  This fall, however, Montgomery County, Maryland joined Fairfax County, […]

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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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