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January 19, 2024

Over 20 Professors Let Go Of Two Weeks Before the Spring Semester

Queens College notified department chairs and deans last Wednesday that over 20 professors will not be reappointed — a mere two weeks before the Spring 2024 semester is set to begin. While that notification in the form of an email went out on the 10th, the professors that were let…

January 18, 2024

End NYU and Columbia’s Property Tax Exemption and Give CUNY the Funds It Needs to Thrive

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, New York State Sen. John Liu and Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani unveiled a proposal to end Columbia and NYU’s property-tax exemption. The bill directs their exempted $327 million dollars in property taxes toward funding the City University of New York (CUNY). As a current PhD candidate, former…

January 12, 2024

CUNY Mass Layoffs and Class Cuts Come Just Weeks Before New Semester

In the middle of the school year, at least two CUNY colleges in Queens have slashed dozens of staff following the City University’s central administration mandates last month for eight campuses to make “enhanced deficit reduction plans.”

January 11, 2024

Queens College Lays Off 26 Faculty Two Weeks Before Spring Semester

Administrative leadership at Queens College CUNY informed department chairs and deans Wednesday that they would not reappoint 26 full-time substitute faculty for the spring semester. The decision leaves professors scrambling to fill gaps in course schedules with two weeks until the start of classes.

January 8, 2024

Op-Ed | Stop putting CUNY on the chopping block

The future of the university I have worked at for more than half a century is at risk and it makes no sense. The City University of New York (CUNY) serves more than 220,000 students and lifts more people out of poverty than all the Ivy League colleges combined. Despite…

December 20, 2023

CUNY orders budget cuts across 8 campuses, union officials say. Will College of Staten Island be impacted?

The City University of New York (CUNY) plans to make tens of millions of dollars in budget cuts across eight college campuses — including the College of Staten Island (CSI) in Willowbrook, according to a faculty member and union officials.

December 19, 2023

PSC calls for Gaza cease-fire

As the war in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas drags into its third month, more and more unions, under pressure from members concerned with the escalating violence and death toll, have joined the chorus of organizations calling for a cease-fire. A petition by the…

December 18, 2023

Brooklyn College faculty, staff push back against CUNY budget cuts, criticize leadership

Faculty and other staffers at Brooklyn College are pushing back against the latest round of budget cuts at the City University of New York, faulting the campus president for not deflecting the blow. At a union meeting last week, 59% percent of 207 people in attendance voted “no confidence” in President Michelle…

December 17, 2023

CUNY orders deeper spending cuts, putting course options and student services at risk

The City University of New York is slashing tens of millions of dollars from college budgets across eight of its 25 campuses, potentially gutting course offerings and student services from counseling to recordkeeping, the Daily News has learned. Central administration ordered the schools — including York, Brooklyn and Queens  colleges — to…

December 14, 2023

Queens pols want big universities in NYC to pay their ‘fair share’

A group of Queens lawmakers took aim at two of the city’s most powerful universities this week, demanding they pay their “fair share” of property taxes to directly fund their public counterparts. Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani and State Senator John Liu introduced legislation this week that would revoke Columbia University’s and…

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