At least six people with close CUNY ties were among the more than 40 New Yorkers killed as a result of Sandy. Several CUNY campuses were flooded, evacuation shelters were opened at 10 others, and no classes were held for nearly a week. Meanwhile faculty, staff and students aided their fellow New Yorkers in countless ways.
A conflict between English department faculty and the administration at Queensborough Community College (QCC) in September, 2012 has grown into a University-wide issue, sparking a new level of resistance by CUNY faculty to the administration’s Pathways initiative.
“Vote your conscience.” That’s the message from the University Faculty Senate (UFS) and the PSC to CUNY faculty who are deciding on proposed new courses under CUNY’s Pathways initiative.
“HEOs are the engine of the University,” says Paul Washington, vice chair of the PSC’s Higher Education Officer chapter – the union’s largest. Because their responsibilities are so diverse, the critical role that HEOs play at CUNY is often less visible to others. Clarion spoke with five HEOs about the work they do.
“Nearly 6,000 have spoken, Pathways is broken!” That was the message PSC members brought to the CUNY Board of Trustees after delivering petitions signed by 5,676 faculty, staff and retirees. The thousands of signers urged the trustees to repeal and replace the “Pathways initiative,” CUNY’s controversial overhaul of general education and transfer.
Opposition to Pathways is growing. By March 23, a PSC petition calling for Pathways to be repealed and replaced had more than 4,100 signatures. Faculty governance bodies across CUNY are calling for Pathways to be put on hold and reassessed. And on March 20, the PSC and UFS leaders filed a lawsuit. Here's Clarion's coverage:
New York is a global city. Its inhabitants hail from every country in the world, while international commerce and tourism make much of its economy hum. But CUNY’s new rules on general education downgrade the study of foreign languages – a change that has sparked deep faculty concern.
On December 8, New York’s Legislature gave its approval to a package of changes in the state’s income tax structure that will bring in an additional $1.55 billion in revenue but leave a projected budget gap of $2 billion. Advocates for tax justice say it's a small step in the right direction.
As hundreds of PSC members protested at a meeting of the Board of Trustees, CUNY's chancellor announced that the University will seek funding for adjunct health insurance in its upcoming State budget request. Other articles in this issue analyze what comes next, and how you can make a difference:
Monday, September 26. Baruch College at 4:00 pm. Be there to help push CUNY to do what’s right, as the union kicks off its campaign to prevent the loss of health insurance for CUNY adjuncts.
This issue of Clarion focuses on that campaign, which may be the most important the PSC has waged in a generation. The issue is most urgent, of course, for our colleagues whose access to health care is directly threatened. But the stakes are high for all of us.