The union representing Nassau Community College’s full-time faculty

Month: July 2017

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July

Some of What We’ve Been Reading This Month – July 2017

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

This is the first of what will become a monthly round-up of education-related news that we've been reading. Please feel free to discuss any of these articles in the comments thread or to post links to articles you think our membership, as well as others who come to this blog, should know about. You're also…

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July

How Do You Measure a Community College’s Success?

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

Some of us have been around long enough to remember, maybe twenty or so years ago, when a SUNY-generated “community college report card” was making the rounds. Nassau Community College fell somewhere in the bottom half of the rankings on a couple of significant measures, one of them being our graduation rate, which was determined…

17 th
July

Here’s Some of What Betsy DeVos Has Said About Higher Education

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

Adam Harris of The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled a chronological list of the major statements about higher education made by Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos since October 2016. Here are some of Secretary DeVos’ that are worth noting: January 17, 2017: During a contentious confirmation hearing, Ms. DeVos speaks at some length about…

10 th
July

Thinking Strategically About Governance: What Might We Learn from “SUNY Voices”

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

Published by the national office of the AAUP, the journal Academe “explores a wide range of….critical issues facing higher education.” While full access to the journal requires an AAUP membership, the organization makes some content available online. It’s worth reading for the thoughtful consideration authors give to the topics they write about, many of which…

03 th
July

NYSUT End-of-the-School-Year Round Up

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

It’s important to celebrate our victories. Here are three that NYSUT reported on in its June 23rd “Member Briefing:” Union opposition helped persuade the State Education Department to “backtrack from a recent ‘gag order’ that restricted teachers from discussing questions on this June’s Regents exams.” The order prohibited teachers from discussing the questions online, which…