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  • How Can Lehman Serve?

    November 22, 2017 | University Life

    By Penny Prince As horrifying statistics on our country’s reliance on mass incarceration continue to make the news every day, many faculty are deeply concerned about the impact incarceration can have upon academic success. How can the imprisonment and warehousing of human beings be a solution to the problems in our society? How much does […]

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  • Predatory Journals and Conferences: Beware and Be Safe

    November 22, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino After growing concern over the “Replication crisis”—the difficulty in verifying the results of funded scientific research—there is growing attention to the increase in “predatory” journals and conferences as outlets for dissemination of scientific findings without the standard rigorous review by peer experts. The Federal Trade Commission has recently filed  an action against […]

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  • Call For Proposals: Spring 2018 CUNY Academic Commons OER Faculty Teaching Fellowships

    November 15, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Matthew J. Cotter and Shawnta Smith The CUNY Graduate Center will fund up to ten faculty (full-time or adjunct) to teach with OER (original, reused, revised, or remixed) on the CUNY Academic Commons (CAC). The $2000 honorarium is for teaching with OER on the CAC platform, providing feedback about how CAC could better support […]

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  • A Really Bad Wisconsin Idea

    November 10, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily S. Tai Two years ago, I reported that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker began his campaign to “reform” public higher education in his state by removing the long-cherished Wisconsin Idea from the University of Wisconsin’s mission statement.  While this particular effort was foiled by the Wisconsin State legislature, the Governor was able to remove […]

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  • Campus Speech and Anti-Klan Laws

    November 8, 2017 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser [Note: This article first appeared in the Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017] A brawl broke out in an “Empathy Tent” at the University of California, Berkeley last week, marking the official start of college riot season. Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions braved protesters at Georgetown Law Center, where he promised […]

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  • Climbing Toward College Access

    November 3, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken and CUNY’s success in fostering what educational data analysts call “intergenerational mobility”—the kernel of the American Dream that every generation can improve upon the socio-economic status of their parents—took center stage at the CLIMB Initiative Conference in Austin, Texas, this week. The Climb Initiative—named as a partial […]

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  • Collegiality as a Dangerous Criterion for Assessment of Faculty

    October 31, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino While as academics, we all value the principle of Academic Freedom and open discourse: core principles upon which the academic enterprise is based, and the foundation for some of the best discoveries of scholarship. Academic freedom does not entitle faculty to be uncivil or non-collegial. Neither, however, is a lack of civility […]

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  • On CUNY’s Education

    October 24, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Sandi Cooper The following testimony was presented before the CUNY Board of Trustees at the Public Hearing, held at Baruch College in Manhattan on October 16, 2017: My name is Sandi Cooper and I am a Professor Emerita in History from the College of Staten Island and the City University Graduate Center.  Forty-seven of […]

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  • When Enough isn’t Enough: Title IX in New York

    October 19, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily Tai Just as United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced plans, last June, to review previous measures taken by the Obama administration to protect students from for-profit educational institutions, so, too, has she now moved to rescind another Obama-era Higher Education policy: this one related to sexual assault and Title IX legislation. […]

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  • Distinguished Lecturers

    October 19, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Kay Conway At a recent meeting of the Faculty Governance leaders, a question was asked about the use of the Distinguished Lecturer (DL) title. Concerns have been raised about the use of the DL title at some campuses, as a means of hiring program administrators.  Unlike Distinguished Professors, for whom there is a dedicated […]

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