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  • Taking the Measure of Student Fees

    February 16, 2018 | Student Affairs

    By Hugo Fernandez and Emily Tai Last fall, the CUNY Board of Trustees convened a Task Force to examine the structure of Student Activity Fees at the City University of New York.  The rationale for convening this Task Force, which is in the process of reviewing both Article XVI of the CUNY Bylaws (which concern […]

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  • A Paid Service Hour for Contingent Faculty: Helpful? Or Normalizing the Undesirable Status Quo?

    February 14, 2018 | University Life

    By Philip Pecorino How do we fully respect our adjunct colleagues in contingent positions? How do we create structures that honor them as professional educators without establishing structures that will make it more difficult to reduce their numbers and the dependence of higher education institutions on contingent labor? This is the practical and ethical challenge […]

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  • How Hard Are We Working?

    February 7, 2018 | University Life

    By Emily Tai One of the more difficult myths academics contend with is the myth of the idle professor.   Being a professor is no work at all, some insist—a stress-free job, as Forbes Magazine argued, a few years ago.  Even studies that grudgingly concede that professors are doing something—whatever it may be—argue that the “flexible […]

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  • The University Faculty Senate Fall, 2017 Conference: A Synopsis

    February 6, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kimora Faculty heard a great deal of valuable information from the speakers at the fall, 2017 University Faculty Senate Conference, held on November 3, 2017 at the Graduate Center/CUNY. The title of the conference was Innovations and Disruptions in Higher Education: Views from the Professoriate.  Here are some highlights: Dr. Matthew Cotter, Executive Director […]

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  • Are Your Students Hungry?

    January 22, 2018 | Student Affairs

    by Emily Tai Among the several student-friendly proposals unveiled by Governor Cuomo in his 2018 state-of-the-state speech was the “No Student Goes Hungry,” program, a five-point plan to address food insecurity among public school students in New York State. While four of the provisions are specifically aimed at fighting hunger among K-12 students, the fifth […]

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  • A New CUNY Collaboration: Governor’s Island!

    January 19, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    by Matthew Cotter Governors Island, located in the New York Harbor just off the southern tip of Manhattan, is a unique resource of the City of New York, offering access to nature and buildings that represent multiple periods of New York City history. CUNY is planning a collaboration with the Governors Island Trust to make […]

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  • Registration Announcement for 2018 Higher Education Conference

    January 10, 2018 | University Life

    Since 1972, the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions has served as a national labor-management center dedicated to studying the use of collective bargaining as an important means for advancing higher education and the working conditions of faculty and staff in colleges and universities.  Affiliated with Hunter […]

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  • New Guidelines for Designating your Course as a “Zero Textbook Cost” Section

    January 8, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Kathleen Barker Using Open Educational Resources for Your Course Instead of a Textbook? The Office of the University Registrar has announced that there are new designations to indicate that courses utilize open educational resources and zero text book costs (ZTC/OER). Through various CUNYfirst search functions, the designation allows faculty to publicize their courses as […]

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  • What’s in the State Budget for CUNY

    January 5, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai On the eve of  last Thursday’s swirling snow storm, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered an inspiring 2018 State of the State address in Albany that contained several encouraging messages for CUNY Faculty. More Funding for Higher Education Trickle-down economics, Governor Cuomo asserted, doesn’t work.  Accordingly, the Governor asserted, “there will […]

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  • University URLs: CUNY’s New Year

    January 2, 2018 | Academic Affairs

    By Emily Tai Perhaps, once our grading was finished last week, faculty finally had time to read the paper—or not read the paper, as some of us may have preferred.  If it was the latter, here are a few things you might have missed: Frank Bruni, lamenting 2017 as Higher Ed’s Low Moment, when a […]

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