Recap: Measuring What Counts

By Lisa Tagliaferri|March 7, 2016|Event Recap|1 comments

  On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Futures Initiative hosted “Measuring What Counts: Credentials or Learning” at the Graduate Center, CUNY. It is part of our “The University Worth Fighting For” series of events, which will continue on Thursday, April 14 with “Teaching as Social Justice: Equity, Diversity, Race” livestreamed and live in room C197. Futures Initiative Fellow Mike Rifino, a PhD student in Human Development, introduced the event. Our special guests discussed how to measure

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Universities Are No More Illusory Than Journalists: Rsp to Kevin Carey and NYT

By Cathy Davidson|July 27, 2015|Reflection|3 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC. This post was corrected after useful tweets from Kevin Carey and others. Special thanks for those. All errors, of course, remain the author’s.] Yesterday Kevin Carey wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times in which he argued that the recent academic and athletic scandal at the University of North Carolina could happen because, basically, universities are “illusions.” There is no real oversight of what happens

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Three Reasons Why Higher Education Should (and Can) Change

By Cathy Davidson|February 12, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

This week a journalist asked me to list three principles that underlie and motivate my interest in institutional transformation for higher education.  It’s always an interesting exercise when someone asks for a finite number–it’s never representative or complete but pushes one to a certain prioritizing and synthesizing, however provisional.  This week, here are my three.   What are yours?  (reblogged from the Futures Initiative Group on hastac.org)   1.  The way

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Cathy Davidson, Futures Initiative Director, Quoted in Politico Article

By Lisa Tagliaferri|February 10, 2015|Announcements|0 comments

Cathy Davidson, Futures Initiative Director and Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center, is featured in a Politico article out today. “No profit left behind” by Stephanie Simon investigates the British publishing giant Pearson, and how it has an enormous influence on US education via its textbooks and testing materials. “The line between profit and profiteering can seem pretty fuzzy,” said Cathy Davidson, director of the Futures Initiative and a professor

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The Invention of Failure

By Cathy Davidson|January 11, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

What if we got rid of “flunk out courses” that were defined as “rigorous and demanding” and, instead, set our goal as ensuring the success of every student in equally “rigorous and demanding” courses?   That is, what if we decided what we thought of as excellence in a given course and then not only agreed that we could give A’s to anyone who achieved that goal but worked, collectively, to

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