Change and Crisis in Universities: Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times

Change and Crisis in Universities: Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times

This semester I have the pleasure of acting as an embedded Futures Initiative fellow in “Change and Crisis in Universities: Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times,” a Futures Initiative course taught at the Graduate Center, CUNY, by Professors Katherine K. Chen and Ruth Milkman. This course examines recent trends affecting higher education, with special attention to how those trends exacerbate class, race/ethnicity, and gender inequalities. With the rising hegemony of

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American Literature, American Learning Recap 3/30

Games & Active Learning/Formative Assessment Assignments Readings “Active Learning Techniques for the Classroom” “A Sample of Formative Assessment Techniques” Gallagher, Kristen. “Teaching Freire and CUNY Open Admissions.” Radical Teacher 87.1 (2010): 55-67. Gee, James Paul. 2007. Semiotic Domains. Is Playing Video Games a “Waste of Time”? What Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Lantz, Frank. Zimmerman, Frank. 1999. Rules, Play, Culture: Towards an Aesthetics of Games approx.

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American Literature, American Learning Recap 3/16

American Literature, American Learning Wednesday, March 16 Syllabus Housekeeping 6:30- 6:45 Announcements? NO CLASS NEXT WEEK, Wednesday follows a Friday schedule Upcoming events? Thursday March 17 is the deadline to sign the early strike authorization pledge for PSC. Luke Elliot-Negri sent out an email with more details, but the gist is that this is a chance to show Cuomo that we are a united group willing to strike to protect

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American Literature, American Learning Recap 3/9

American Literature, American Learning Wednesday, March 9 “[we must] try to help entering students discover a new relationship to learning. The most thoughtfully prepared, witty or provocative lecture cannot do this… the first needs of our freshman are for something else—for a kind of classroom in which students find themselves having to learn for themselves, and to teach each other, more than they have ever been asked to do. The

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Evaluation of Mapping the Futures of Higher Education

The Futures Initiative is happy to share an evaluation report (PDF) of our inaugural course, Mapping the Futures of Higher Education. The analysis was conducted by two Urban Education doctoral students, Deborah Greenblatt and Janey Flanagan. We were delighted to learn that both undergraduate and graduate students considered the course and teaching methods to be highly effective. The report also contains many lessons for us as we plan for the

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Mapping the Futures of Higher Education Year-End Celebration

The Futures Initiative team would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make our first year such a success. You can learn more about what we’ve been up to this past year in our latest newsletter and  in our annual report (pdf). Thank you also to everyone who attended our May 22 reception celebrating the achievements of the graduate and undergraduate students in our inaugural course, “Mapping

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Group Four Recap: Embodiment in the Classroom

Week One: Hilarie: In the very first moments of our first session, I felt a shift in energy as soon as people started coming into the room. It was lower, calmer than normal – partly due to the fact that we were asking people to enter and explore the space in silence, but I think folks brought a lot of the gravitas with them, and what we did was usher

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Mentoring workshop, upcoming classes, final requirements: A Recap

Subject: Mentoring workshop, upcoming classes, final requirements: A Recap Hi everyone, Thanks, first of all, to Group Four for yet another incredibly rich, full, tantalizing, stimulating class. Second, thanks to everyone in advance for your cooperation in the study that Janey and Deborah are doing.  Because this class is being watched so carefully, we are trying to understand as much about what works, what doesn’t as we can.  Your participation,

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Persistence and Success: What I’d love to see more of

As our Mappings class has been focusing on “Professors & Persistence,” I’ve found myself hyper alert to the academic and life obstacles orbiting around our students and interfering with their success in college. Evan Misshula, alongside Natalie Oshukany and Rachel Oppenheimer, caught the class’ attention with some staggering statistics about CUNY students. 47% come from a household that earns less than 25K 78% work to pay living expenses 37% don’t

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