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  • The Holiday Religion and the Academic Calendar

    December 15, 2013 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser  Phil Pecorino has noted the increasing absurdity of a CUNY academic calendar that privileges Christian and Jewish holidays in a university that increasingly is neither.  Add in CUNY’s full set of legal holidays (many set by state law or the PSC-CUNY contract) — surely we must be one of the few institutions to celebrate both President’s […]

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  • Spaced-Out Assessment

    December 15, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino and Emily Tai CUNY Vice Chancellor (and Pathways architect) Alexandra Logue’s recent article, Time, Space and Learning, would “reform” higher education by reducing the faculty role in academic policy—or removing faculty from the process altogether. She advocates all the latest higher ed bells, whistles, and silver bullets: on-line courses, MOOCs, life experience […]

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  • The College Career Degree Myth

    November 12, 2013 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser In Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire, the Wall Street Journal’s Peter Capelli challenges college education’s increasingly narrow career focus.  While one Baruch alumnus I’ve met endlessly repeats that a college education should be about “nuts and bolts,” students often fail to realize that a field hot enough to notice is […]

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  • Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio on Pathways

    November 6, 2013 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  This morning’s Inside Higher Ed reports on the implications of yesterday’s election results for higher education across the nation, and notes that the election of Democrat Bill de Blasio as prospective mayor of New York City may be particularly good news for CUNY, as the mayor-elect has pledged support for the City […]

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  • UFS CONFERENCE: THE FUTURE OF DOCTORAL EDUCATION AT CUNY

    October 23, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    In a recent commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Leonard Cassuto, a professor of English at Fordham University, made the case for part-time graduate students, and the graduate programs that enabled such life-long learners to flourish. Cassuto’s arguments—which echo findings published last year in the International Journal of Doctoral Studies— raise some interesting questions […]

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  • UFS Response to Recent Goldstein-AAUP Pathways Dialogue

    October 21, 2013 | University Life

    By the UFS Executive Committee UFS Executive Committee Response to Communications From Former Chancellor Matthew Goldstein To the AAUP on Pathways General Education Reforms   Several memos have been exchanged between the AAUP and the CUNY Chancellery concerning the Pathways Initiative and matters of academic freedom and shared governance.  Many of former Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s […]

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  • HOLY WAR Coming Over HOLY DAYS ?

    October 21, 2013 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino  Will CUNY continue the current practice—although not a Board of Trustees approved policy– of picking and choosing on which religion’s Holy Days it will or will not schedule classes but will keep the colleges and university open and in operation? As the diversity of religious traditions among CUNY faculty and students increases, will […]

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  • Education in the Prisons is Cost-Effective, Rand Study Finds

    October 13, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai  A recent report issued by Rand Corporation, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs that Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults,” examines correctional educational programs across the country implemented since the passage of the 2008 Second Chance Act. “Correctional education,” asserts the report,  “reduces recidivism and does so cost-effectively (xvi-xvii).”  […]

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  • MOOCS Versus Bricks: Mortar and Mastery

    September 29, 2013 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  The New York Times surveys the MOOC models of three major providers, while the Wall Street Journal reports that major firms such as AT&T and Google are creating their own MOOC non-degree certificate programs.  Meanwhile, as is typical for tech, MOOC prices are dropping rapidly as the customer base grows.  The Journal reports that […]

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  • Nontraditional Ph.Ds and CUNY’s Mission

    September 25, 2013 | Student Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  The Central Administration’s move to reduce the number of PhD students to those the University can fully fund, and to concentrate science graduate research in fewer colleges, has raised fears that consortial faculty will have fewer opportunities to work with graduate students.  By moving toward a more traditional research university model, the […]

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