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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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  • 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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