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  • College and the Job Market Reconsidered

    February 10, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Last Sunday’s New York Times Education Life section considered the role that college education, linked with professional apprenticeships, can play in preparing Americans for manufacturing jobs that often require advanced mathematics and computer science skills. Educating the Apprentice The UFS Blog has discussed the apprenticeship model—more common in Europe than in the […]

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  • What Happened to Mathematics?

    February 6, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Roman Kossak “Let nobody ignorant of geometry enter here” was a warning at the entrance to Plato’s Academy. “The Book of Nature is written in the language of mathematics,” wrote Galileo. Mathematics used to be the Queen of Sciences. It is highly paradoxical that now, when our lives have become so dependent on mathematics-driven […]

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  • Quarterly Report on Faculty Diversity Now Available

    February 5, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker  The Board of Trustees has approved the Quarterly Report on Faculty Diversity, January 18, 2017, authored by Vice Chancellor Gloriana Waters and Dean of Recruitment, Diversity and Compliance, Dr. Arlene Torres. The report contains four major sections and three appendices. Part One: Assessment (Overview of Current Situation) Part Two: Discussion of Labor […]

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  • Saving the National Endowment for the Humanities

    January 31, 2017 | University Life

    By Sandi Cooper The budget proposal that is being shaped in the White House promises to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities (as well as the National Endowment for the Arts). There are any number of groups such as The National Humanities Alliance,, and the International Association of Medieval Art which have online […]

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  • President Trump’s Executive Order and CUNY’s Response: An Update

    January 30, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily Tai   On Sunday, January 29, 2017, President Trump’s Executive Order suspended visas for individuals from nations “of concern,”  A graduate student in Political Science at the City University Graduate Center, Sara Rafiee, who had returned to her native Iran during the winter break to visit her family, was prevented from returning to […]

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  • Trump’s Executive Order on Muslim Immigration: CUNY’s Response

    January 29, 2017 | University Life

    By Emily Tai Last Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order barring the admission of all refugees from the United States for the next four months, with additional prohibitions imposed upon individuals from seven Muslim countries identified as being “of concern:” Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.  Syrian refugees are moreover […]

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  • CUNY’s Strategic Framework

    January 28, 2017 | University Life

    By Kay Conway Chancellor Milliken released CUNY’s Strategic Framework on Friday, January 27.  Much of what it encompasses we have already seen in the Master Plan.  At our most recent UFS Executive Meeting this past Tuesday we discussed a draft version with SVC Rabinowitz and relayed our concerns, amid other feedback, that the document did not specifically state the need for […]

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  • NYS Scholarships, Federal Cuts

    January 23, 2017 | Student Affairs

      By Emily Tai Opportunities for New York Students in the News: Last week, in America’s Great Working Class Colleges, the City University of New York was named among the top five public university systems that have been engines of economic mobility, propelling low-income students into the top three-fifths of the American income ladder. If you’re […]

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  • Tenure at Risk, Again

    January 18, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai Last spring the UFS Blog’s Making the Case for Tenure discussed the American Association of University Professors report, The Economic Value of Tenure and the Security of the Profession, which detailed how tenure made professors more productive and saved universities money. Legislators against tenure These arguments have made little headway with legislators […]

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  • Higher Ed Providers — New Entrants, New (and Old) Scammers

    January 15, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser  Following on our MOOC and microcredential posts: Lifelong education: Learning and earning, The Economist special report Including The return of the MOOC: Established education providers v new contenders The graduate education glut: In Programs That Are Predatory: It’s Not Just the For-Profit Colleges and Those Master’s Degree Programs at Elite U? They’re For-Profit, the New […]

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