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  • Evaluating Excelsior

    April 17, 2017 | Academic Affairs, Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai   Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new Excelsior Scholarship —  specifics in the 2017 New York State Budget — is stirring debate across New York State and the country. Private universities worry about the impact the scholarship will have on their enrollments. Some critics argue that the 30-credit-a-year requirement will exclude part-time students.  They are also concerned by a […]

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  • Supporting Part-time Students: UFS Student Affairs Committee Position Paper

    April 12, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Bill Crain, Laroi M. Lawton, and James McElwaine Since 2007, one of every three CUNY students has been enrolled as a part-time student. Part-time students now account for 35.1 percent of those enrolled at CUNY community and senior colleges. In 2013, the Governor and Legislature increased the maximum award under TAP, unchanged since 2001. […]

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  • Please Lecture Me

    April 8, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai Among the many advantages of online education have been the arguments that it substitutes customized, individual learning for the old-fashioned college lecture—the apparent dinosaur of college and university teaching. Some educational research has argued that College lectures are unfair. The structure and delivery of a lecture is less effective, it is asserted, […]

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  • Who Finishes College?

    April 5, 2017 | Student Affairs

    By Emily Tai  Only 1 in 3 Americans hold a college degree.  Although 69.2 % of America’s high school graduates enrolled in college in 2015, only 59% completed a baccalaureate degree within six years. (Third Way found only slightly higher graduation rates at America’s private institutions.) While younger Americans are more likely to enjoy higher levels of […]

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  • Madge, Badges and Microcredentials

    April 2, 2017 | Academic Affairs

    By Jay Weiser Readers of a certain age may remember Madge the manicurist telling customers, “You’re soaking in it!” Madge astonished her clientele for 27 years with claims that Palmolive dishwashing liquid would soften hands. Today’s claims for badges and microcredentials, as alternatives to associates and bachelors degrees, are equally astonishing — and these degree alternatives […]

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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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