City University of New York

A College Education? Or Diminished Expectations?

The new, “reimagined” CUNY community college marches students to terminal degrees in narrow fields.

CUNY Pathways Project Questioned

On Thursday, January 12, responding to complaints received from faculty leaders at the City University of New York, the AAUP sent a letter (.pdf) to the CUNY chancellor and board chair setting forth the Association’s concerns relating to the adoption by the administration and governing board of the “Pathways to Degree Completion” initiative.

AAUP Concerns Over Pathways Rekindled

The AAUP sent a letter to CUNY Chancellor Goldstein expressing concerns over an e-mail message from Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen Steele threatening sweeping reprisals against the English department following its rejection of proposed curricular changes relating to the teaching of composition courses mandated under the Pathways initiative.

The Road to Pathways

To regard teachers—in our entire educational system, from the primary grades to the university—as the priests of our democracy is not to indulge in hyperbole. It is the special task of teachers to foster those habits of open-mindedness and critical inquiry which alone make for responsible citizens. —Justice Felix Frankfurter, Wieman v. Updegraff


 

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