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CUNY Administration, Union At Odds Over 'Pathways' Initiative

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The union representing faculty and staff at the City University of New York opposes an initiative that’s aimed at making it easier for students in the two-year community colleges to transfer to four-year college programs. Union leaders say the curriculum changes, known as Pathways, are too restrictive, and that they water down CUNY’s academic standards.

The conflict spilled into view this week, with ads published in several newspapers.

CUNY is defending the program, which it plans to roll out this fall.

University Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lexa Logue said the changes will allow for more individualized programming.

"The way the board designed Pathways was that it would have a great deal of flexibility,” she said, “so that campuses can put their own flavor on their general education curriculum."

But the union representing faculty and staff disagrees.

"The problem is that Pathways dilutes the curriculum at CUNY,” said English Professor Barbara Bowen, president of CUNY’s Professional Staff Congress. “It's a general education curriculum across all of CUNY that reduces what is required of students."

To listen to Host Amy Eddings’ full conversation with Lexa Logue and Barbara Bowen, click on the audio above.

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Comments [4]

tomfromharlem from manhattan

Wow, you can really hear the difference of the argument just in the tone of the two voices. Logue is annoyed, glottal, phatic, sharp, and elusive sounding; Bowen is warm, flowing, soft, lilting, and direct sounding. Which one would you WANT to believe?

Mar. 25 2013 05:19 PM
Dr. Eileen Moran from Proud alumna 1969

I realize that the piece was too short to deal with all of the complicated problems of Pathways including that within CUNY faculty governance bodies have responsibility for curriculum. This has been ignored by The Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and college presidents as they submit course descriptions that their administrations have written because they failed to get faculty approval through the Faculty Senates, charged with that responsibility. Organizations like AAUP and disciplinary bodies like the Modern Language Association have also weighed in on objecting to both the content and the process of Pathways as a dilution of a CUNY degree.

Mar. 22 2013 12:00 PM
JOE GERONIMO from EAST HAMPTON, NY

IT S AMAZING THAT THE UNIVERSITY PROVOST/ CHANCELLOR MAKES A GRAMMARICAL ERROR ON THIS SHOW. REALLY NOT TOO AMAZING FOR OBAMA AND EVERYONE ELSE ON MEDIA MAKES THE SAME. SAYS ALOT ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION-PERHAPS NOT TOO MUCH.
IF YOU REVIEW HER STATEMENT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO PICK IT OUT BUT I DOUBT IT SINCE NONE OF YOU EVER HAD GRAMMAR DRUMMED INTO YOU SKULL BY NUNS.

I'LL GIVE YOU A HINT: IT WAS HER USE OF 'THEM' INSTEAD OF 'THEIR.' NO ONE KNOWS WHEN TO USE THE 'POSSESSIVE' AND NOT THE 'OBJECTIVE.' AND, PLEASE, NO SHOUTING ABOUT ANY 'OBJECT OF AN INFINITIVE' FOR YOU'RE WRONG.

Mar. 21 2013 10:53 PM
Professor from CUNY

There is no plan to implement this at the college level. I am a faculty member, actively working to prepare students for the Fall 2013 semester, when this proposal is supposed to go into effect. They are already walking away from full implementation and there is a danger that student transcripts will be a mess as this proposal is not likely to do anything but make it harder to get students the courses they need, nevermind ease the issue of transfer. The WNYC report took too much of VC Logue's comments at face value and union leader Bowen did not even begin to discuss the real issues behind faculty anger about this plan.

Mar. 21 2013 08:12 PM

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