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  • Catching the Online Wave: Hanging Ten with Cross-College Course Adoptions

    March 31, 2017 | University Life

    By Jay Weiser  CUNY’s Administration has made it a priority to increase online offerings in degree programs, reflected in funding for the School of Professional Studies online bachelors degrees and the current Request for Proposals (RFP) for online service packages.  CUNY faculty at the colleges need to leverage their current online programs — many already impressive — […]

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  • UFS Shared Governance Conference, 04/28/17: Save the Date!

    March 25, 2017 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino and Karen Kaplowitz Come to this year’s Spring UFS Conference, where administrators and expert faculty will share perspectives and practical suggestions on making shared governance work and finding resources for the challenges. The conference will take place Friday, April 28, 2017, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, featuring these essential presentations: Five best practices in shared […]

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  • Discipline . . . and Punish? Deconstructing CUNY’s Discipline Councils

    March 6, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  Michel Foucault’s classic Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison states:    There is no power relation without the correlative constitution of a field of knowledge, nor any knowledge that does not presuppose and constitute at the same time power relations. Was Foucault prophesying CUNY’s Discipline Councils? They go back to the […]

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  • Flying Coache At John Jay, With Better Results

    March 3, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Angela Crossman The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey was administered to all full-time faculty across CUNY in the spring of 2015. John Jay College participated in the survey twice before (2009-10, pre-tenure faculty; 2011-12, tenured faculty). Findings were not encouraging from any of the surveys. However, John Jay’s response to […]

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  • Reconfiguring Community College Semesters

    March 2, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino and Kay Conway Several initiatives are driving CUNY’s community colleges (CCs) to consider moving from a 15 week semester schedule to a 12/6 schedule, where colleges offer courses in a two part 18 week semester. CUNY’s Strategic Framework emphasizes access, completion, and students taking 15 credits per semester. Additionally, Gov. Cuomo’s proposed […]

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  • NY Women’s Suffrage Centennial: UFS & USS Commemorate 100 CUNY Women

    March 1, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily Tai  In a ground-breaking collaboration, the University Faculty Senate and the University Student Senate will be joining forces to help celebrate the coming centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. New York was not only at the center of the campaign for women’s suffrage, beginning with the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, […]

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  • Excelsior Scholarship Proposal: Faculty Q&A

    February 17, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Ned Benton The Excelsior Scholarship Program (ES) is a proposed New York State financial aid program designed to cover tuition costs for students whose family income does not exceed $125,000. The program, if approved by the Legislature and enacted by the Governor, would be phased in over three years and would be coordinated with other […]

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  • Budget Update: Excelsior and the IG

    February 15, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Kay Conway  Governor Cuomo released his Executive Budget last month, which included the Excelsior Scholarship, a program he announced at LaGuardia Community College. Excelsior or bust The Excelsior was met with much fanfare and in general is a very positive development. However, as our UFS Committee on Student Affairs, and USS leadership has noted, […]

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  • Graduation Rates Up, Preparedness Down: No Cause for CUNY Celebration

    February 13, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino Both the State and the City of New York have recently reported a rise in high school graduation rates.  But college preparedness still leaves much to be desired.  It presents a major challenge for colleges that admit students whose reading, writing and mathematical skills are not at the level needed for academic […]

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  • Higher Education and Upward Mobility

    February 12, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Last Monday evening, a conference/panel at the CUNY Graduate Center presented more findings from the recent study mentioned in a recent New York Times article, discussing the impact of public higher education on economic mobility. Higher Education and Intergenerational Mobility featured the study’s author, Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics at Stanford University; […]

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