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December 2012

December 2012

At mid-semester, the conflict over Pathways continues. A college president tried to block the election of a Pathways critic as a department chair, but was forced to back down. Calls for a moratorium on Pathways implementation won new support. And a union grievance charged that CUNY's imposition of Pathways violates the contract.

In the closing weeks of the presidential campaign, prominent pundits insisted that the election was a “toss-up.” Analysts who relied on careful statistical analysis disagreed. The dispute holds some lessons-- for our students, and all the rest of us-- about the role of specialized knowledge in our society.

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.

At mid-semester, the conflict over Pathways continues. A college president tried to block the election of a Pathways critic as a department chair, but was forced to back down. Calls for a moratorium on Pathways implementation won new support. And a union grievance charged that CUNY’s imposition of Pathways violates the contract.

In the closing weeks of the presidential campaign, prominent pundits insisted that the election was a “toss-up.” Analysts who relied on careful statistical analysis disagreed. The dispute holds some lessons– for our students, and all the rest of us– about the role of specialized knowledge in our society.


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