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  • OER Support across CUNY

    March 15, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    by Shawn Smith-Cruz, Polly Thistlethwaite, Stacy Katz, and Jennifer Poggiali A Fall 2017 Discipline Council meeting generated mention of Open Educational Resources and prompted constructive feedback from the Library Discipline Council and the Library Information Literacy Advisory Council or LILAC. This conversation led to an invitation for librarians to join a Spring 2018 UFS Faculty […]

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  • CUNY’s quarterly financial reports

    March 14, 2018 | University Life

    by John Verzani Recently the UFS Budget Advisory Committee of the University Faculty Senate reviewed the University’s mid-year financial report with Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO Matthew Sapienza and University Budget Director Catherine Abata. At a previous meeting, the committee reviewed the first-quarter reports. CUNY’s Quarterly Financial Reports Explained CUNY generates quarterly financial reports—snapshots of […]

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  • What Counts? Jerry Z. Muller discusses The Tyranny of Metrics at Hunter College

    March 14, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Bernadette McCauley On Wednesday, March 7, the Hunter College Faculty Delegate Assembly hosted a talk by Professor Jerry Z. Muller, author of The Tyranny of Metrics (Princeton University Press, 2017.)  Professor Muller is a historian of capitalism and, while this book is certainly related to that interest, his motivation to write it grew out […]

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  • Wall Street Journal Access for CUNY Faculty and Students

    March 9, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Nancy Egan The Office of Library Services has negotiated with Dow Jones to allow all members of the CUNY community to access the Wall Street Journal!  Everybody with a (or email domain should now be able to activate a digital subscription. Go to  to activate your “membership” and then go to  […]

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  • Assessing Assessment

    March 6, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily S. Tai Veteran academics will tell you that assessment has been around since the 1970s. Peter Ewell reviews the history in his paper, An Emerging Scholarship: A Brief History of Assessment.  Campaigns to impose an additional level of measurement on student learning—over and above the old-fashioned graded assignment or examination—nevertheless began gaining momentum […]

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  • University URLs: Here’s to Land-Grant Colleges

    February 23, 2018 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai This Sunday’s New York Times included a piece on “vaping” (electronic cigarettes) in which veteran columnist Gina Bellafonte joked that, “among affluent teenagers in and around Manhattan, particularly those in the private school world…insurrection has largely meant coming home from college night and telling your parents that you are thinking about a […]

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  • Taking the Measure of Student Fees

    February 16, 2018 | Student Affairs

    By Hugo Fernandez and Emily Tai Last fall, the CUNY Board of Trustees convened a Task Force to examine the structure of Student Activity Fees at the City University of New York.  The rationale for convening this Task Force, which is in the process of reviewing both Article XVI of the CUNY Bylaws (which concern […]

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  • A Paid Service Hour for Contingent Faculty: Helpful? Or Normalizing the Undesirable Status Quo?

    February 14, 2018 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino How do we fully respect our adjunct colleagues in contingent positions? How do we create structures that honor them as professional educators without establishing structures that will make it more difficult to reduce their numbers and the dependence of higher education institutions on contingent labor? This is the practical and ethical challenge […]

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  • How Hard Are We Working?

    February 7, 2018 | University Life

    By Emily Tai One of the more difficult myths academics contend with is the myth of the idle professor.   Being a professor is no work at all, some insist—a stress-free job, as Forbes Magazine argued, a few years ago.  Even studies that grudgingly concede that professors are doing something—whatever it may be—argue that the “flexible […]

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  • The University Faculty Senate Fall, 2017 Conference: A Synopsis

    February 6, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kimora Faculty heard a great deal of valuable information from the speakers at the fall, 2017 University Faculty Senate Conference, held on November 3, 2017 at the Graduate Center/CUNY. The title of the conference was Innovations and Disruptions in Higher Education: Views from the Professoriate.  Here are some highlights: Dr. Matthew Cotter, Executive Director […]

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