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ERIC Number: EJ1004369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
The Road to Pathways
Cooper, Sandi
Academe, v99 n3 p25-27 May-Jun 2013
Frequently drawn from elite corporate backgrounds and, for public institutions, from pools of politically connected people, trustees usually have to be educated about shared governance. Corporate or political ties are scarcely reliable indices of the wisdom necessary to oversee institutions of higher learning, and some trustees, sadly, prove resistant to learning. At City University of New York (CUNY), the trustees appoint a chancellor to oversee the eighteen undergraduate and five graduate and professional institutions. Right now, the undergraduate faculties are stinging with anger over a centrally generated proposal called "Pathways," which promises students easier transfer among CUNY colleges. Faculty leaders, starting with the executive committee of the faculty senate, offered suggestions, explained problems, and proposed alternatives--all of which were rejected. What is sad is that in order to make a case for Pathways, the trustees, some of whom are CUNY graduates themselves, cherry pick a handful of students who say that their community college coursework was disrespected on transfer. The trustees disregard the many contrary student experiences as well as faculty demonstrations, petitions, private overtures, letters, and resolutions. Trustees may have the power alone, but they do not have the knowledge--and neither do their appointed central administrators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York