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  • 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 […]

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  • Ed Tech News: Reporting from the CAT

    May 23, 2018 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino The CUNY Committee on Academic Technology (CAT) is pursuing topics and projects I believe of great interest to faculty.  I am providing a report from the May 18, 2018 meeting I attended and based on the notes of George Otte (University Director of Academic Technology).  Faculty questions, comments and blog submissions regarding […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Student Fees and the Student Voice: Testimony before the Board of Trustees

    May 15, 2018 | Student Affairs

    By Bill Crain Last Monday, April 30, I testified before the CUNY Board of Trustees on two agenda items:  the proposed revisions to the CUNY Bylaws related to Student Activity Fees; and the authorization of Excellence Fees and Differential Tuition for various CUNY Graduate programs.  My testimony on these agenda items is given below: Concern […]

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  • 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; […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Call for Faculty Viewpoints: Weighing in on Student Activity Fees

    April 30, 2018 | Student Affairs

    By Emily S. Tai, Hugo Fernandez, and Kimora As many on the CUNY Faculty may be aware, controversy currently swirls around a Board of Trustees resolution, charging the Vice-Chancellor of Legal Affairs to examine current practice with regard to Student Activities Fees across the campuses of City University. Over 200 people have signed up to […]

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  • University URLs: From Education to “Learning?”

    April 23, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai The good news is, the New York Times Education Life Section, to which we sadly bid farewell last November,  is back. Well, sort of, anyway.  It’s now called the “Learning” section. Last week’s Sunday New York Times included a number of reports on the pressures American higher education faces to become more […]

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  • Leveling the Playing Field: Thoughts on Former NYC Public School Chancellor Levy’s Editorial

    April 19, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Campbell Dalglish Statistics often wake us up to alarming conditions we might not otherwise be aware of. In his moving farewell New York Times editorial, How To Level the College Playing Field, former New York City School Chancellor and current Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Harold O. Levy gives us this […]

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