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February 29, 2024

Mid-year budget cuts at CUNY affecting staff, faculty and students

This week, Mayor Eric Adams called off a round of budget cuts originally scheduled for April, citing a better-than-expected economic performance of the city. Nine schools in the City University of New York (CUNY) system are grappling with the devastating aftermath of budget cuts announced by Adams in November. The…

February 26, 2024

Queens College’s PSC Chapter Demands Rehiring of Professors, Passing of New Deal for CUNY

The Professional Staff Congress chapter is promoting activism among students and faculty members following the faculty layoffs last month. It is pushing to reverse the layoffs and help pass a New Deal for CUNY, which would invest $1.8 billion toward CUNY, give fair pay for adjuncts, repair buildings, and make…

February 16, 2024

CUNY Faculty Firings Spark Outrage

The firing of 26 full-time faculty at CUNY-Queens College has sparked outrage and concern that an era of deepening austerity could take hold at the City University of New York. “A lot of us here are angry. But anger doesn’t actually describe it; I’d go with furious,” said Professor David…

February 12, 2024

NY1 reporting on Queens College mid-year budget cuts

Mayor Adams's budget cuts are hitting 9 CUNY colleges, including Queens College, where more than two dozen full-time faculty members have been let go. (Video: https://youtu.be/Fb8jf7cpIag)

February 12, 2024

CUNY professor layoffs in middle of academic year amid budget cuts

Mayor Eric Adams’ budget cuts are hitting nine City University of New York colleges, including Queens College, where several full-time faculty members have been let go, and some classes cancelled.

February 9, 2024

CUNY Chancellor Defends Spending Cuts and Hiring Freeze Amid Deficit

Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez defended multiple rounds of painful spending cuts and a hiring freeze across the CUNY system on Thursday, as measures have slashed the cash-strapped university organization’s structural deficit by “almost half.”

February 8, 2024

CUNY chancellor, under fire over budget cuts, defends reductions as key to cutting deficit

Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez on Thursday defended multiple rounds of painful spending cuts and a hiring freeze across the City University of New York as measures that have slashed the cash-strapped university system's structural deficit by "almost half." By the end of this year, CUNY expects to shrink its deficit…

February 2, 2024

More needs to be done for CUNY, SUNY schools

What CUNY and SUNY need is adequate funding to provide an excellent education to these students. Governor Hochul increased funding for our senior colleges in her first two years, but not nearly enough to offset years of state disinvestment. Her budget plan for next year doesn’t do much to help.…

January 30, 2024

Queens College Professors Stage Protest in Response to Layoffs

The first day of the spring semester at Queens College saw a crowd of at least 100 picketing outside of Kiely Hall in response to last minute layoffs of over 20 faculty. The Jan. 25 rally was organized by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) union after administrative leadership at the…

January 30, 2024

Queens College part-time professor among 24 laid off in recent CUNY staff reductions, not surprised by decision

A former part-time professor at Queens College in Flushing who was laid off earlier this month along with 23 other faculty members, said the bad news came as no surprise. Malcolm MacDougal III, 34, who had taught sculpture as a part-time professor at Queens College since 2016, was among the…

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