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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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  • Sexual Misconduct and Student Disciplinary Panels: Panel Member Comments Needed

    September 14, 2014 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser  Responding to reports of mishandled campus sexual misconduct cases, the federal government has pressed colleges nationwide to change their student discipline processes.  In response, Senior Legal Affairs VC Rick Schaffer recently requested comment on CUNY’s proposed revisions to Bylaws Article XV the University’s student disciplinary proceedings.  (The request for comment is at bottom.) In order to ensure […]

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  • Faculty Top Picks II

    July 15, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai ·         Naomi S. Baron, Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University, argues that reading on line may be undermining student ability to read thoughtfully and think critically: Naomi S. Baron, “How E-Reading Threatens Learning in the Humanities,” The Chronicle for Higher Education, July 14, 2014 ·         Medieval […]

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  • Faculty Top Picks

    July 11, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser   §There’s more to American higher ed than Harvard. Kevin Carey, Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t, The Upshot, NYT, June 28, 2014 §  It’s the students who start but don’t finish. David Leonhardt, Starting From Behind: The Reality of Student Debt Is Different From the Clichés, The Upshot, NYT, […]

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