Exit Interview: CUNY Chancellor Goldstein

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

After 14 years on the job, Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York, is stepping down. He looks back at how the system has changed and grown, and what the future might hold for CUNY.



Matthew Goldstein

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I do wish faculty and student concerns ore Pathways had been addresses, as Goldstein has touted this as his legacy but is oddly stepping down just as it starts.

Apr. 20 2013 05:24 AM
Daniel Pecoraro from Manhattan

In retrospect I'm surprised that BL didn't give full disclosure in regards to his CUNY TV program - especially considering that this interview was billed as an "exit interview" but came off as two steps away from a beatification. No comment on rising tuitions (and of the protests at Baruch that led to police brutality of CUNY students and faculty just last year), of what's going on at Medgar Evers, of the student and faculty dismay towards Pathways, of the hubbub at Brooklyn in re BDS, and of the overcrowding of schools such as Hunter. I was hoping for a reasoned discussion about an embattled and controversial chancellor - instead we heard a blue-sky view of Goldstein's legacy.

Apr. 18 2013 05:20 PM
i from NY aka Hell

Although nobody reads or pays attention to these comments...
As usual Brian, you let Bloomberg get a free pass, probably because of his monetary influence in the station.
Instead of pressing your question on the failure of the Bloomberg administration regarding what he calls his "legacy"; destruction of the NYC public school system, you just let Goldstein blather on about some vague connection between CUNY and the public schools.
As a teacher in a NYC public high school, I saw my criminal Principal force us to pass 80% of our classes, so Bloomberg's (and her)graduation rates would be falsely inflated.
The result would be kids going into the CUNY community college system that had no business being there.
Before Bloomberg's reign of terror, these students would take five years to graduate, and in that fifth year, would realize how immature they'd been about their education, and really buckle down and turn into college prepared students.
Bloomberg's nightmare regime (of which I am a casualty of)forced these students to graduate in four years, and I shook my head in disbelief at our high school's graduation ceremony watching the ill-prepared graduates we were throwing out on the street (literally)receive their meaningless degrees.
Before Bloomberg's devastation of the school system, I used to be so proud of the kids who changed their lives, and were ready for at least community college (this was an inner city HS), that I'd be in tears at the emotion of it all...
But don't worry about little things like that Brian, you've successfully kissed up to Bloomberg for twelve years, so why stop now...

Apr. 17 2013 12:44 PM
Brian Lehrer Show Producer

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Apr. 17 2013 11:34 AM
The Truth from Becky

Peg, sorry can't answer you without revealing my age ;o) but I will say, if it were anyone else's story, I would concur, it would be something a wonder to be celebrated yes.

Apr. 17 2013 11:22 AM
The Truth from Becky

John it was NOT a compliment...clearly there was also a healthy dose of racism on display in your home as well. You call everyone by race and are intolerant of those you feel most intimidated by. Today marks my last response to is pointless, another lost are now invisible to Becky.

Apr. 17 2013 11:16 AM

To truth from Becky: If you were lucky enough to be in school in the 50's and 60's, - ("three attorneys, a doctor, a professor and a banker. Raised in poverty in Brooklyn." Parented by illegal aliens...a wonder.) Yes those were wonderful years to be educated in the US. ...would also mention that elementary school Teachers often had over 50 students per class and all of us Learned (even those whose parents spoke little or no English).

Apr. 17 2013 11:13 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

John - I agree with you that many people in certain communities do not champion education as much as they should.

However, there are many blacks and hispanics I know, "from poverty" - with the support of their parents, who have used the CUNY system to get a decent education, as reflected in the CUNY student body, especially in the Jr. colleges.

I only wish you would leave the "black" and "hispanic" rant out once in a while.

And I have no idea why you think that I am Jewish.

Apr. 17 2013 11:05 AM
Mary McGlynn

I'm dismayed to see Brian Lehrer throw such softballs at such a controversial chancellor. The chancellor has just misrepresented statistics about graduation rates, SAT scores, and racial balance, not to mention the role of faculty in implementing the Pathways reforms forced upon the system. His legacy will be a watering down of the value of all CUNY degrees in order to ease transfer at a time when he himself states transfer students are graduating from senior colleges at rates indistinguishable from so-called native students. I'm dismayed by the PR boost just given to an administration more concerned with public appearance than with student outcomes.

Apr. 17 2013 10:54 AM
john from office

Becky exactly. Not asking for handouts and stealing iphones on the subway.

York College is run by Blacks and is a mess, everyone is preoccupied calling themselves Doctor and professor so and so, instead of educating their students. Oh and holding another awards event. Awards for failure.

Apr. 17 2013 10:54 AM

Agree with jgarbuz and Bonn fEV.

Apr. 17 2013 10:53 AM
The Truth from Becky

"three attorneys, a doctor, a professor and a banker. Raised in poverty in Brooklyn." Parented by illegal aliens...a wonder.

Apr. 17 2013 10:49 AM
The Truth from Becky

Can someone get this guy a glass of water...geez is this Kermit the Frog?

Apr. 17 2013 10:46 AM
john from office

Sheldon, as a jew, you respect education. My parents took lessons from the Jews in our area and paid attention to their kids. Resulting in three attorneys, a doctor, a professor and a banker. Raised in poverty in Brooklyn.

You would deny the same to others. Progress comes with education not making changes to our system to placate activist.

Apr. 17 2013 10:46 AM
The Truth from Becky

What are the high school guidance counselors doing these days? They were not the best as I recall.

Apr. 17 2013 10:45 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Oh --kay John, why don't you cut and paste that comment on the next 3 segments, as it will be just a relevant there too.

Apr. 17 2013 10:42 AM
Bonn from East Village

In Spain, after high school students graduate, they go to school for another year to prepare to take the tests to enter university. In this way, the colleges/universities are not burdened by unprepared students. Those that fail can retake the test the following year. It's a system that ensures that students are well prepared for the stringent requirements of college. In addition, let's reinstitute meaningful vocational training, either in specialized high schools or afterwards. He is saying that those who are well prepared should have an "honors college." This is another ridiculous program. Prepare students in high school for college (and thereafter) or they don't go. Not everyone is college material, nor should be.

Apr. 17 2013 10:41 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

It just proves that High School has to be re-purposed to produce WORKERS and not would-be "academics." We are simply wasting the time and efforts of over 75% of our kids in 9-12.

Apr. 17 2013 10:37 AM
sarah brown from NYC

Ask Chancellor Goldstein to talk about the hubub at Medgar Evers College, where there has been so much turmoil in response to the policies of the former president who is now currently the interim president, while faculty, staff, and students are rallying for a new president who will be sensitive to the needs of Black and Hispanic students.

Apr. 17 2013 10:34 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Mary, what does renting out space to a private organization have to do with separation of church and state?

Apr. 17 2013 10:32 AM

Please ask Goldstein about Pathways -- his redesign of the "general education" requirements.

Apr. 17 2013 10:31 AM
Mary Goldstein from NYC

Ask Chancellor Goldstein why Hunter College of CUNY rents its auditorium and classrooms on Sundays to Redeemeer Presbyterian Church? What happened to the separation between church and state?

Apr. 17 2013 10:31 AM

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