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Nassau County Legislators Vote Unanimously to Approve the NCCFT’s New Contract

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

On Monday, October 16th, the Nassau County Legislature voted unanimously to approve the Nassau Community College Federation of Teacher's new collective bargaining agreement. This is an important contract for a number of reasons, not least of which is that it demonstrates the commitment of both faculty and administration to move Nassau Community College forward into…

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As Educators, We Must Address This as The Crisis It Has Become: The NCCFT’s Statement on The Recent Events in Charlottesville

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

This past Friday night, when several hundred white supremacist men and women marched on the main quadrangle at the University of Virginia, they carried torches that recalled—and that were no doubt intended to recall—Ku Klux Klan cross burnings, and they chanted, “You will not replace us” and “Jew will not replace us,” setting in motion…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

Earlier this month, the NCCFT Executive Committee attended NYSUT’s Community College (ED39) conference in Latham, New York, where we received a briefing on Governor Cuomo’s much lauded Excelsior Scholarship program. While the program will likely benefit a significant number of students in New York State, we learned not only that “free tuition,” the term the…

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The NCCFT Congratulates Christine Pellegrino!

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

In an upset victory that has to hearten those of us in organized labor, and specifically those of us in education unions, Christine Pellegrino—who has been an elementary school reading teacher for the past 25 years—won a special election against Republican Thomas Gargiulo for Long Island's 9th District Assembly seat. This district, which Donald Trump won…

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