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  • Taxing Higher Education? — Part II

    December 20, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai As the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives finalized a negotiated version of the new tax bill, educators may be relieved to hear that several of the most egregious proposals, aimed at post-secondary institutions of higher learning and those who attend them, have been removed: Graduate Student stipends will be taxable, […]

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  • Executive Director’s Notes From the December UFS Plenary Session

    December 20, 2017 | University Life

    By Matthew J. Cotter NOTE: In the interest of greater transparency, the UFS Executive Director will publish more detailed notes from the UFS Plenary Sessions, the dates for which can be found here and the Agenda and abbreviated Minutes here. Executive Director’s Notes of The 402nd Plenary Session of the University Faculty Senate of The […]

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  • Maintaining the Effort for an MOE

    December 14, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai Since 2015, the members of the UFS Executive Committee, the UFS Committee on Student Affairs, and the University Student Senate have worked together to advocate for a state commitment to current or increased levels of state funding for the City University of  New York, or what is known as Maintenance of Effort […]

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  • Disaster Relief Plans and Heckscher Scholarship

    December 13, 2017 | University Life

    By Matthew J. Cotter In the two months since hurricane Maria devastated their homelands, scores of Puerto Ricans and Virgin Islanders have sought refuge and relief in the United States. Among the uprooted are students currently enrolled in colleges or universities there, and while their respective infrastructures are rebuilt, the City University of New York […]

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  • Taxing Higher Education?

    December 5, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai There are a number of reasons to be apprehensive about H.R. I: The Tax Cuts and Job Act, the federal tax bill currently being negotiated between the House and Senate—but educators at America’s colleges and universities should be particularly concerned.  The House version, critics say, would be especially devastating to graduate education, […]

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  • Taking It All In: Thoughts on Topics Presented at the UFS Conference, Innovations and Disruptions in American Higher Education

    December 1, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Derek Stadler I recently attended the Innovations and Disruptions in American Higher Education: Views from the Professoriate, the UFS Conference on November 3, 2017 at the CUNY Graduate Center. The conference featured very interesting speakers on topics affecting the current and future professoriate. One topic definitely hit home: Dr. Angie McAlister’s “How Cognitive Computing […]

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  • Innovations and Disruptions in American Higher Education: Views from the Professoriate, Perspectives on our UFS Conference

    November 30, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker Over time, the following words entered our vernacular and were intended to signal change: creative destruction, disruption, and innovation. Creative destruction, economist Joseph Schumpeter’s idea that capitalism would sow its own seeds of destruction, was itself converted to the idea of disruption, a more positive notion, and then disruption was increasingly associated […]

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  • New CUNY Guidelines for the Declaration of Majors Across all Campuses

    November 29, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker On November 27th, 2017 Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC) Vita Rabinowitz issued guidelines for the declaration of majors, “Policy on the Declaration of Majors” to CUNY Presidents and Provosts. There are three major components of the guidelines, quoted below: Students must declare a major by the time they have earned 30 credits in […]

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  • Faculty Development Workshop – CUNY Community College Research Grant Program

    November 22, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Matthew J. Cotter The CUNY Community College Research Grant Program is hosting a faculty development workshop on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. The event takes place at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Student Dining Hall (located at 524 West 59th Street) and runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and Lunch will […]

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  • CUNY ARTS Partnership: Faculty Opportunities at the Museum of Modern Art

    November 22, 2017 | University Life

    By Matthew J. Cotter The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is offering CUNY faculty the opportunity to serve as a “Visiting Professor.” Faculty will be given complimentary access to MoMA as with a group of up to 25 students during public hours. The regular fee of $32/hour will be covered by MoMA from September 2017 […]

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