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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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  • Top Picks From Faculty

    July 9, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai   The wide range of expertise among CUNY faculty means interest in many different aspects of life in higher education—for some, it’s digital media, as a scholarly resource and a classroom tool; for others, it’s the state of academic freedom on our campuses; for some faculty, it’s higher education in the prisons; […]

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  • The 21st Century University: What’s the Best investment?

    July 1, 2014 | Academic Affairs

     By Philip Pecorino   A recent article in the Huffington Post linked the national crisis of student college debt to the generous compensations college and university system presidents often enjoy—salaries, as reported by The Chronicle for Higher Education, that can go as high as $6 Million for Gordon Gee of Ohio State and $1,311,095 for […]

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  • CUNYfirst: Security and Personal Data

    June 2, 2014 | University Life

    By Peter Brass Many colleagues have already complained about CUNYFirst. To their concerns, I would like to add two specific points, which, I think, deserve some thought. Password Policy One is the password policy, which is extremely inconvenient.  Briefly summarized, CUNYfirst passwords must be at least 8 characters long; contain at least one upper case […]

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  • SUNY VOICES: Orientation to Shared Governance Conference, June 5-6, 2014, Albany, New York

    May 15, 2014 | University Life

    Our colleagues in Shared Governance at the State University of New York will be hosting their second conference, “Orientation to Shared Governance,”  In Albany, New York,  on June 5-6, 2014. Interested faculty should visit the SUNY VOICES website at A tentative program of events is below: Orientation to Shared Governance June 5-6, 2014 Best […]

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  • The UFS Committee on the Status of the Faculty: Priorities for Next Year

    May 8, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Jason Young I am recommending that the UFS Committee on the Status of the Faculty continue to work on the issues that our committee took up this past academic year in academic year 2014-2015. Making Adjunct Faculty Visible In particular, I would recommend that the committee build on our progress on issues affecting adjunct […]

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  • Some Thoughts on the UFS Committee on Libraries & Information Technologies

    May 1, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    By Prof. Morris Hounion, Chair While the individual charges of the UFS Committee on Libraries and Information Technologies change from year to year, the overall mandates of the committee remain constant.  Those general focuses are ·         To monitor the effectiveness of the University’s library system in meeting CUNY’s research and teaching needs, and ·          To […]

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  • NYPD “Demographics Unit” Dismantled

    April 23, 2014 | University Life

    By Sandi Cooper   Faculty may recall concerns brought to the attention of the University Faculty Senate in fall, 2011, regarding the issue of police surveillance of Muslim Student groups at CUNY.  The University Faculty Senate passed a resolution on law enforcement surveillance,  and the Chair of the UFS got in touch with the Police […]

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  • UFS Committees at Work

    April 4, 2014 | Academic Affairs

    At the 380th UFS Plenary on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the chairs of standing and ad-hoc committees of the University Faculty Senate made presentations in which they discussed the projects their committees had been working on, and their progress to date: Peter Alexanderson (Accounting, Lehman College), Chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom, described his Committee’s continuing […]

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  • CUNY Pathways in the News, Again: College Completion or Academic Rigor?

    April 4, 2014 | University Life

    The troubled implementation of the CUNY Pathways curriculum once again garnered media attention last week, this time in The Chronicle for Higher Education. “In Clashes over Curriculum, Completion Goal Vies with Quality,” Dan Berrett considered CUNY faculty opposition to the “Pathways Curriculum” alongside similar recent controversies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and in the […]

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