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PROPOSED COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SOME ISSUES AND QUESTIONS ABOUT CUNY's PROPOSED COMMUNITY COLLEGE

In February 2008, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced that the University was developing plans for a new community college.  Under the direction of Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs, John Mogulescu, CUNY produced a 120-page concept paper for the proposed college. 

February '09 Letter to Chancellor from the PSC.  In a letter to Chancellor Goldstein, dated 2/26/09, PSC President Barbara Bowen noted that the "PSC welcomes academic innovation and strongly supports the goal of better serving the people of New York through community college education."  But she raised a number of concerns about consultation (or the lack thereof) and governance, tenure rights, faculty status, contractual rights and other issues at the new college. Click here for the full text of the letter.

October '09 PSC Letter to Members.  President Bowen updated PSC members about the urgency of the issues raised by the rapidly developing plans for the new college in a letter that began:

I am writing to update you on what could turn out to be one of the most important issues before us this year: CUNY’s fast-moving plan for a new, vocationally-oriented community college.  The CUNY central administration is moving forward aggressively to implement the plan: planning committees are already under way, and several forums on the proposal are being held this month.  Yet CUNY has still failed to answer such basic questions from the PSC as whether the new college will have academic departments or even tenured faculty.   

Click here to download and read the full letter.

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