• The Need for Change in Student Advisement at the Community College

    November 1, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Derek Stadler Student advisement is a crucial step in the academic process, guiding students to the courses and resources they need to succeed.  This is especially true in CUNY community colleges where the majority of students are the first in their to attend higher education[1].  Recently the UFS Community College Caucus (CCC) asked their […]

  • The search for a balance in math placement

    October 16, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By John Verzani On July 21, 2018 the New York Post had an article “Don’t let lowered math standards become a trend.” This in depth reporting was done a few days before the newsroom staff at the Post was cut in half. So let’s ask, do “cuts” have the expected results? In Fall 2017, CUNY […]

  • What is Enrollment Management? — Part 2

    September 25, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Jason Young Last week part 1 gave an overview of the CUNY Enrollment Management Council that meets monthly. Part 2 continues presenting the recent issues and initiatives being addressed at the EMC. I attend as the UFS representative, with the charge to provide input on faculty concerns that are critical on just about every […]

  • Three New Appointments at Community Colleges

    September 21, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Derek Stadler  In a letter to the CUNY community, Chancellor Rabinowitz announced the appointment of Dr. Claudia Schrader as President of Kingsborough Community College.  Born and raised in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dr. Schrader went to Rutgers University, earning a Doctor of Education degree in International and Transcultural Studies from Columbia University.[1]  […]

  • What is Enrollment Management? — Part 1

    September 20, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Jason Young As a public institution, CUNY’s funding is largely driven by enrollment numbers. As a result, a key concern of the Central Administration, as well of individual CUNY colleges, is how best to attract new students, and retain existing students. There are a wide range of specific concerns, driven by pedagogical, logistical, financial […]

  • Faculty Email Access Resolution Adopted at BMCC

    May 31, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Philip Pecorino  The Academic Senate at BMCC on May 23, 2018 unanimously adopted a resolution calling for their college “to acknowledge the rights and privileges for faculty with regard to their direct access to email distribution lists.”  The resolution specifies direct access for: The elected Faculty Governance Leaders should have direct email access to […]

  • Training for Sitting in the Chair’s Seat

    May 21, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai and Kay Conway Congratulations!  You’ve just been elected chair of your department! For some faculty, becoming a department chair is a smooth transition, facilitated by mentoring from their predecessor, and cooperation from the disciplinary colleagues whose interests they serve. For others, however, becoming a department chair can be a little bit like […]

  • UFS: Executive Committee Election Results

    May 17, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Matthew Cotter At the most recent Plenary Session of the University faculty Senate, the following nominees were elected to its Executive Committee: Chair Martin J. Burke (History, Lehman College and the Graduate Center) Vice Chair Kathleen Barker (Psychology, Medgar Evers College) Members-at-Large Kerin Coughlin (Law and Paralegal Studies, New York City Technical College) Hugo […]

  • For Your Consideration:  A Resolution from the UFS Committee on Higher Education in the Prisons

    May 8, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai The UFS Committee on Higher Education in the Prisons is an ad-hoc committee of the University Faculty Senate, established by former UFS Chair Manfred Philipp in 2009.  Over the years since its founding, members of the Committee have organized a UFS Conference on Higher Education in the Prisons; teach at correctional facilities; […]

  • The Faculty Experience Survey at CUNY: A Continuing Tradition or a Lost Past?

    May 2, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker By 2003, the U.S. Department of Education intimated that the likelihood of continuing The National Study of Post-Secondary Faculty (NSOPF) would not be funded. The NSOPF was a nationally representative sample of full-and part-time faculty and instructional staff at public and private not-for-profit institutions in the United States. NSOPF characterized the study […]