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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…

3 rd
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…

28 th
June

BOT Watch: The Board Fulfills Its Ultimatum & We Take Them To Binding Arbitration

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

Earlier this year, at it’s March 21st meeting, the Board of Trustees issued an ultimatum regarding what it perceived as the unacceptably slow pace of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) in responding to Middle States’ requirements for bringing us back into compliance wth Standards 4 and 5 (Leadership and Governance & Administration). If the GRTF proved…

26 th
June

The NCCFT Mourns Jeff Frankel

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

The NCCFT Executive Committee, along with the rest of the campus, mourns the passing of Professor Jeff Frankel, who devoted nearly forty years of his life to Nassau Community College. Our thoughts go out to his friends and loved ones. Working in the Center for Students with Disabilities, Jeff served as a counselor and mentor…

19 th
June

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…

30 th
May

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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