Futures Initiative article featured in Inside Higher Ed

By Lisa|October 14, 2014|Announcements, Of interest|0 comments

Inside Higher Ed has featured the Futures Initiative and Cathy Davidson’s vision for the work that will be done by our group within CUNY. The article, “Big Idea, Tall Order” by Colleen Flaherty, speaks to the spirit of the Futures Initiative. Going forward, [Davidson] hopes that the Futures Initiative will be able to explore and model a variety of big ideas about teaching and learning. One of those ideas is that

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The End of Higher Education: A Discussion About Purpose

By Lisa|September 30, 2014|Announcements, Of interest, Reflection|0 comments

Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson discussed The End of Higher Education with Mike Wesch and Randy Bass as part of the Connected Courses Kick-off Live Event on September 15th. As shrinking budgets, skeptical publics, and rising alternatives continue to threaten the end of higher education, we host this conversation as a contemplation of what the end – or purpose – of higher education should be. We will also reflect on

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Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson discusses Technology Distraction on NPR

By Lisa|September 30, 2014|Announcements, Of interest|0 comments

Listen to Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson talk on the NPR Show To The Point here. Who’s in Charge: You or Your Smart Phone? Drivers tell pollsters they know it’s too dangerous to text while they’re at the wheel, but about one third admit they do it anyway. Now there’s persuasive evidence that we don’t have as much choice as we tell ourselves. Matt Richtel reports for the New York

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CUNY Soars: Reported by the Daily News

By Lisa|September 23, 2014|Announcements, Of interest|0 comments

The Daily News reports that a record number of students are enrolling across the CUNY campuses, pursuing an affordable education. Please also see Cathy Davidson’s blog post, The Eighty-Five Percent: Or, Why CUNY is New York’s Best Kept Secret, as she discusses the large percentage of undergraduates who have no student loan debt within the CUNY system, as well as her interest in public education and her vision for its

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What Is a Dissertation? New Models, Methods, Media

By Lisa|September 16, 2014|FI Events|0 comments

What Is a Dissertation? New Models, New Methods, New Media #remixthediss — this event will be livestreamed and live tweeted) When: October 10, 4.00-5.30pm (EST) Where: English Department Lounge (ROOM CORRECTION 4406), The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY NY 10016 Virtual partners and participants welcome! (See THIS POST for 4 ways to become a virtual partner.) This Forum showcases recent and current doctoral students whose dissertations exemplify innovative,

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4 Ways to Be a Virtual Partner in “What Is a Dissertation?”

By Lisa|September 16, 2014|FI Events|0 comments

Our goal in “What Is A Dissertation?” (aka: #remixthediss) is to showcase, celebrate, and model what it takes to not only produce an innovative dissertation but how to enact the institutional change required to have one approved by your university. That means knowing institutional rules, having the right mentors, being willing to explain yourself in terms of existing structures, goals, and aspirations and how your work moves those along, etc.

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