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December 2004

50 years of Dual Degree Program:
Chancellor Ismar Schorsch,
Jewish Theological Seminary

By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Though in some ways unique, the joint or dual-degree arrangement between Jewish Theology Seminary (JTS) and Columbia University's School of General Studies (SGS) is cited by JTS Chancellor Dr. Ismar Schorsch as a “model” for collaboration between religious and secular institutions. READ ARTICLE

50 years of Dual Degree Program:
President Lee Bollinger
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Articulating Columbia University's reasons for having initiated a dual degree program through its School of General Studies with Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and his hope for further and extended collaboration, Columbia University president, Lee C. Bollinger speaks eloquently about the arrangement's providing “deep intellectual and religious experiences” for Columbia and JTS students. READ ARTICLE

Barnard's Dean Dorothy Denburg Talks About the Civic Engagement Program
By Dorothy Davis
EU: What was the genesis of the Civic Engagement Program (NYCCEP) program at Barnard?
Dean Denburg: The idea was something I was interested in from the first minute I became Dean, 11 years ago. READ INTERVIEW

“New York's Nicest”:
Over 2,000 Learning Leaders Break Bagels Togeth
By Dorothy Davis
“There are very few events where you see this many nice people put together in one place. Look in the mirror tonight and you're going to see a very nice person,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told the Learning Leaders, the volunteers of New York City's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to serving public school children. READ ARTICLE

Presidents and Media Discuss Future of
Higher Education
By Sarah Ann Mockbee
Twelve presidents from top universities and colleges around the country, along with a distinguished panel of news media, recently gathered at the Penn Club to discuss the major issues that are affecting their schools as well as the impact these challenges are having on our economy and society as a whole. READ ARTICLE

Queens College Sponsors Discussion on
Educational Reform
By Nazneen Malik
Recently, the Queens College Department of Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education hosted a panel discussion on “Authentic Educational Reform—What Does It Look Like and How Do We Bring It About?” READ ARTICLE

CUNY Announces $2.6 Billion Campaign
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein recently announced an “Invest in CUNY/Invest in New York” Campaign to dramatically increase public and private support for the University's colleges. READ ARTICLE

Barnard Gives Credit for Civic Engagement
People who engage in public service deserve all the credit they can get. And that's what Barnard College is giving them. READ ARTICLE

November 2004

College Presidents’ Series:
An Interview with
President Ruth Simmons, Brown University

By Gillian Granoff READ ARTICLE

Linda Darling-Hammond Speaks at Teachers College
By Emily Weiner READ ARTICLE

Facing the Challenge of the New SAT I
By Katherine Cohen, Ph.D. READ ARTICLE

Reflections on Brown University:
Peggy A. Ogden & Brown:
51 Years After Graduation

By Emily Weiner READ ARTICLE

Adam Koplewicz, Brown ‘08 Receives Huber Award
By Nazneen Malik READ ARTICLE

October 2004

Drew Barrymore Draws Crowd at Barnard for Her Film on Voting
by Dorothy Davis READ ARTICLE

Bank Street Provides Leadership for Inner City Teens: Series Reflect On Being Black in America
by Sybil Maimin and athletic ability and want to be like us” but do not want to “be us.” READ ARTICLE

CUNY Presents a Moving Tribute to Ground Zero
by Gillian Granoff READ ARTICLE

September 2004

Top MBAs & Computer Science Majors Win at IBM
By Dorothy Davis MORE

From Investment Banking to the Classroom:
Career Changers Jump into Teaching

By Josh Rogers MORE

Barnard Student Makes Learning The Center Of Her Vacation
By Sarah N. Lynch MORE

August 2004

College of Staten Island Awarded $2.3M
to Expand High-Tech Research Program MORE

A Glimpse Into College Life in 1925 at Barnard
Freshman Bessie Bergner Writes Home MORE

Superintendents Around the Nation
Discuss Education Isssues At Teachers College
by Dorothy Davis MORE

July 2004

Marymount Writer’s Conference Features Prominent Authors
by Sybil Maimin

Art Smart: Lake Tahoe Community College
By Jan Aaron

School of Education, City College of NY: From Rags to Riches
By Adam W. Sugerman

Succeeding At Your Interview: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Rita S. Brause, Christine P. Donohue and Alice W. Ryan
Reviewed by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.

Posamentier, CCNY Dean, Awarded Coveted Austrian Cross of Honor

July Workshops in Washington DC: Teaming Researchers and Teachers

Alice Thomas Waters—Outstanding Educator Leaves Legacy of Teaching

June 2004

College of Staten Island
Honors Maya Angelou & Patti LaBelle

CUNY Trustees Name Three New Presidents

New Search Tool Helps Find Articles READ MORE

Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships
Awarded to Seven CUNY Faculty in the Arts

Young Writers “Keep Smiling” at
Marymount Manhattan College
by Michelle Accorso

May 2004

College President's Series:
Dr. Joseph W. Polisi—President, The Juilliard School
by Joan Baum, Ph.D. READ MORE

Bank Street College of Ed
& Goldman Sachs Prepare Students for Top Colleges

by Sybil Maimin READ MORE

Strategies for Academic Success
by Emily Levy

Vocation Isn't A Dirty Word
by Jamienne Studley, J.D. READ MORE

Multiculturalism at
Historically Black Colleges & Universities


April 2004

Bank Street College of Education Chooses Top 5 Winners Out of 600
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Quoting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Augusta Souza Kappner, the president of the Bank Street College of Education, last month welcomed an overflow crowd of... READ MORE

Barnard's Writing Center—A Model for HS & College Students READ MORE

Profiles In Education:
Howard Zinn: Chronicling Lives from Spelman College to Boston U.

by Jacob M. Appel
Although historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States has sold more than a million copies since its first appearance in 1980—bringing progressive history into classrooms...

College of New Rochelle—Oasis for Women
by Joan Bailey, Ph.D.
The College of New Rochelle began its historic mission in higher education in 1904 when the State of New York recognized it as the first Catholic college for women in the state.

Petrie Foundation for Math Ed Opens at CCNY

Reacting to the Past Wins 2004 Hesburgh Award for Barnard College READ MORE

March 2004

Shakespeare, Einstein, & The Bottom Line: A Teachers College Event at AMNH
by Joanne Kontopirakis
Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and author David L. Kirp joined Richard Heffner, the Host of Channel 13’s “The Open Mind” at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) recently, under the aegis of Teachers College to discuss Kirp’s recently released book, Shakespeare, Einstein, And The Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education. . . READ MORE

College President's Series
Dr. Lucie Lapovsky: Humanitarian Economist at the Helm of Mercy College

by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Although the mission of Mercy College sounds pretty much like statements from other private, independent, comprehensive institutions, its dynamic president, Dr. Lucie Lapovsky, quickly distinguishes its pursuit of access and excellence. Mercy’s goals constitute not a wish list but a record of achievement. With an easy-going manner that’s worn only by the confident, President Lapovsky notes the expansion of campuses, an increase in enrollment, a dramatic rise in retention and the tripled graduation rate, not to mention the innovative programs begun or enhanced over the four years she’s been president, many validated by significant awards from foundations such as Ford and Sloan. . .

Iraq Roundup for College Students
by Adam B. Kushner
Any demographer can tell you why there are more commercials for Viagra during the evening news broadcasts than for Play station: young people—even many thirty-somethings—simply don’t follow current events. Yet, by the unwritten rules of suffrage, people older than 18 are expected not only to understand the world, but also to elect representatives based on that understanding. . . READ MORE

So You Want To Be A Psychology Major
by Sarah N. Lynch
Although she always had a strong interest in psychology, it was not until college that Lisa Son really began to explore the research side of psychology. . . READ MORE

Product Review
Musical Spanish

by Pola Rosen, Ed.D
Sad to say, but true: when students are asked to name their least favorite academic subject, study after study has shown that “language study” ranks high in their lists. What should be an incomparably broadening cultural experience seems to have become, in the minds of many, a sterile exercise in rote memorization and “drill and kill.”. . READ MORE

American Students Study Abroad in Growing Numbers
Despite a weak economy and post-9/11 concerns, American students continue to regard study abroad as a critical component of their higher education experience. The number of U.S. university-level students receiving credit for study abroad in 2001/02 increased 4.4% from the previous year, reaching a record total of 160,920, according to Open Doors 2003, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with funding from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. . . READ MORE

Going to College in Canada: Team Teaching Examined
by Nile S. Kurashige
From a student’s perspective, there are both benefits and disadvantages to multiple professors teaching one class. Benefits include an exposure to more professors and ideas as well as a variety of teaching styles. A professor with the greatest expertise can teach each content area. The student thus benefits by exposure to the latest research, especially important in upper level courses. Differences in approaches to the subject matter may lead to a broader understanding of the material. . . READ MORE

Pace U Reopens World Trade Institute
Two years after its operations and conference centers were destroyed in the attack on the World Trade Center, the World Trade Institute of Pace University (WTI), a major institute for international trade education, has reopened its doors at new facilities on Pace’s campus in downtown New York. . . READ MORE

CCNY Pres. Gregory Williams Honored
by Gov. Pataki
Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York, was honored by Governor George E. Pataki at the New York State’s 9th Annual African-American History Month Kick-Off Celebration in Albany recently. . . READ MORE

CCNY-Led Weather Expedition Receives Explorers
Club Award

The prestigious Explorers Club of New York has presented its Flag Award to City College weather expert Edward E. Hindman and his faculty team for leading a group of CCNY and Bronx Community College students to the 10,500-foot Storm Peak Laboratory (SPL) in the northern Colorado Rockies recently. . . READ MORE

February 2004

Ribbon-Cutting at New Dr. Charlotte K. Frank Math Center at CCNY
by Joanna R. Leefer
Math supervisors from school districts around New York City were joined by education notables Dean Alfred Posamentier, President Gregory Williams, Deputy Chancellor Diana Lam, President of MacMillan Sari Factor and President of McGraw-Hill Education Henry Hirschberg, to pay...

Dr. Paris Svoronos: Oustanding Community College Professor of the Year
by Marylena Mantas
Students taking Dr. Paris Svoronos' organic chemistry class at Queensborough Community College (QCC) walk away having memorized at the very least the following equation: discipline + focus + hard work=success. The equation constitutes the formula for success for Svoronos who firmly believes that if given the opportunity and if adequately challenged all students rise to the occasion.

Free Resources for Teachers
The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) website makes it easy for teachers, parents, students, & others to find learning resources from more than 40 federal organizations.


Fern Khan: Bank Street Dean Forges Social Work,
Community Outreach & Continuing Education Into Powerful Force for Change

by Sybil Maimin
With over 25 programs and 13 full-time directors, the Division of Continuing Education at Bank Street College is a truly impressive example of the successful coupling of dynamic, imaginative leadership with a mission to help children "grow and learn to their full potential."

New Honors College at Polytechnic University
Offers 21st Century Undergrad Technology Education

by Dr. Mel Horwitch
How best to educate future technology professionals and leaders?  This was the fundamental question confronting Polytechnic University's Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies when the Institute decided to launch an Honors College for talented undergraduates.

Public Speakout at City Hall
by Michelle Accorso
Contractual agreements was the subject of concern at a recent panel discussion led by Councilwoman and Chair of the New York City Council Education Committee, Eva Moskowitz. The main issue being addressed was the clarity of these age-old documents and whether or not teachers, principals, and custodians truly understand their rights.

January 2004

Accreditation Agencies Promote Change at CCNY School of Ed
by Gretchen L. Johnson
The Education Department of the City College of New York has undergone a transformation in the last few years. In 1998 the department was placed under intensive review by the New York State Education Department as a result of poor performance of teacher education students on the...

Baruch College—A Brief History
Compiled by Chris Rowan READ MORE

College President's Series
Leon Botstein: The Maestro of Annandale
by Jacob M. Appel
For someone who has been a college president for more than half of his life, Leon Botstein sounds much more like a young revolutionary hell-bent on transforming the American education system. Maybe that is because he has kept one foot outside the field of academic administration, serving...

December 2003

CCNY Receives Record Grant from Petrie Foundation to Boost Math Education
by Adam W. Sugerman
The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation has donated nearly $3.7 million to The City College of New York for the advancement of mathematics education. It is the largest foundation...

Martha Nussbaum Presents Rudin Lecture at Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) recently hosted the Jack & Lewis Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, featuring Dr. Martha Nussbaum, in the Theresa Lang Theatre at the College, located at 221 East 71st Street.

So You Want To Be An English Major?
by Sarah N. Lynch
For senior Regina Udler, an English-computer science double major at Barnard College, it all began with Dr. Seuss.

November 2003

College Board Reports Financial Aid at $105 Billion
After grants are taken into account, the net price that the average undergraduate student pays for a college education is significantly lower than the published tuition and fees.

CCNY-Austria Educational Collaboration
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
President Gregory H. Williams of the City College of New York, welcomed a meeting of college personnel and high level Austrian education ministers, quoting a letter from Mayor Bloomberg...


A Message from Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
I am pleased to invite you to visit “Open Houses” at all 20 CUNY colleges, located in every borough, during CUNY Month November 2003. You will meet financial aid experts, counselors, faculty...


St. John’s University: Father Donald J. Harrington
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Coming up soon on 15 years as the 15th president of St. John’s University, Father Donald J. Harrington, C.M. [Congregatio Missionis] actually traces his service back to the 17th century...

October 2003

Teachers College Returns to Afghanistan
A team of Teachers College faculty and senior staff spent nearly three weeks during the summer, working with an international team of education experts from seven different countries developing the capacity to write elementary curriculum and textbooks for the Afghan Ministry of Education (MOE).

Dean Series
Dean Jon Snyder: Transforming Teacher Education at Bank Street

by Sybil Maimin
In a recent conversation with Education Update, Jon Snyder, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Bank Street College, enthusiastically described two current initiatives, the Kerlin Science Institute and Teachers for a New Era, that illustrate Bank Street’s mission to “discover the environments in which children grow and learn to their full potential, and to educate teachers and others to create these environments.”

Ellis College—Newest School at NYIT
Ellis College, named for the island where immigrants entered America, is a new school offering undergraduate degrees in various business-oriented fields, like marketing and management. Students who enroll will be required to have three years of work experience.

Hispanic Higher Ed Community Gets $4.6 Million
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) welcomed the award of $4.67 million in new U.S. Department of Defense. The science grants will go to 17 colleges and universities with high Hispanic student enrollment rates.

QCC Celebrates Latino Heritage Month
In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, Queensborough Community College will present a variety of events honoring the contributions of Hispanic-Americans to our society throughout the years.

Teachers College: The Writing Center by Sybil Maimin
Tucked into the basement of the stately red brick Gothic building that is Columbia University’s Teacher’s College (TC), the Graduate Writing Center is a seven-year old indispensable resource for students who need to hone their written-language skills.

September 2003

Broad Foundation Taps Young MBAs to Transform Urban Public Education
The Broad Foundation launched an innovative residency program to recruit, train and place young business leaders in urban school districts across the country. This highly selective program accepted less than five percent of the over 250 applicants.

At CUNY, Opportunity Knocks Louder Than Ever by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
A college education helps New Yorkers to achieve their dreams—yet some wonder if now is the right time to pursue their education. In fact, there has never been a better time to take advantage of the outstanding educational opportunities available at The City University of New York.

President Ned Regan, Baruch College, New York
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
There are talkers and there are doers, and some, like Ned Regan, the former Comptroller of the State of New York (1979-1993) excel at both—articulating a vision and acting on it.

August 2003

Barnard College Holds Young Women’s Leadership Conference
by Christina Cuomo Perpignano
“With so many different ‘Leadership Programs’ available to high school students, how could this program be any different?” That was my initial reaction when I was given the information on the Young Women’s Leadership Institute conference that...

Boston U’s HS Scholars Program
Boston University has officially marked the 30th anniversary of the nation’s largest and longest-running scholarship program for urban public high school students. With the $5.4 million in four-year, full-tuition scholarships...

NY Women in Communications Elects New President
Joannie C. Danielides, President, Danielides Communications, Inc. has been elected to lead the nationally acclaimed communications organization—New York Women In Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) as...

College & University Presidents Serve as Alcohol & Drug Prevention Leaders
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention announced new members of the Presidents Leadership Group (PLG), a body of higher education presidents and chancellors who have made student...

Goldman Sachs & Institute for International Ed
Teach Business Skills to College Students by Katarzyna Kozanecka
“Unfortunately, most of the world never thinks from a business perspective,” said Steve Mariotti, president and founder of the National Foundation for Teaching Enterprises (NFTE). In other words, he said, people working in the...

July 2003

CCNY Art Professor Named “Distinguished Alumna”
At Berkeley

Michi Itami, a Professor of Art at City College and 1971 graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, has been named a “Distinguished Alumna” by her alma mater.

Con Edison Awards Grant to College of New Rochelle
Funds Will Benefit Rosa Parks Campus in Harlem
The College of New Rochelle's School of New Resources (SNR) announced that the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. has awarded a grant to the Access Center at the Rosa Parks Campus in Harlem.

Monroe College Offers New Degree Program in Criminal Justice
Monroe College President Stephen J. Jerome announced that the college will begin offering the Associate in Science and the Bachelor of Science degrees in criminal justice beginning with its fall semester in September, 2003.

Reflections on English Language Learners
by Adam Sugerman
Our city’s education leaders made the correct decision in rethinking a one-sided approach to the city’s English language learners. We hope that common sense, rather than political pressure, helped Chancellor Klein and his team decide to use a variety of proven approaches in making sure this growing student population is capable of surviving the realities of adult society.

June 2003

Students with Strong Technology Skills In Demand Amidst A Challenging Economy
by Diane Engelhardt
It doesn’t take more than reading the daily newspaper to know that the technology sector is in distress. We’ve seen headlines about companies failing as the stock market remains in a slump and funding sources remain on the sidelines.

Diversity in College Admissions: A Common Sense Approach
by Luke D. Schultheis
While the worthy debate over affirmative action and quotas in college admissions attempts to reconcile philosophical and political objectives, it does not completely address how to make higher education accessible to many minority students.

Colvin New Director of Hechinger Institute on Education & Media at Teachers College
Richard Lee Colvin, an award-winning education writer with the Los Angeles Times, is the new director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College. Colvin joined the Institute last summer as deputy director.

Xiang Lanxin Named Kissinger Scholar at Library
of Congress

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Xiang Lanxin, professor of international history and politics at the Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales in Geneva, Switzerland, as the new Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, effective Sept. 2.

Graduation is Sweeter the Second time Around: NYIT
It’s never too late in life to go back to school or to begin a new career track. Proof of that are two recent New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) graduates—both African-American women of a certain age—who received advance degrees this spring.

New York State Judicial Institute Opens at Pace University School of Law
Thirty years ago, only 13 organizations were providing education to help U.S. judges keep up with pressing social issues that had an impact on their courts.

Polytechnic University Announces Establishment of Honors College
The faculty of Polytechnic University voted overwhelmingly to approve establishment of a new Honors College. The inaugural Honors College class, the Class of 2007, will enter Polytechnic in September, 2003.

Stanley Teitel: CCNY Alumni Association’s Educator of the Year
by Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
At the National Arts Club, The City College of New York Education Alumni Association honored one of its outstanding graduates, Stanley Teitel (’71) with its Educator of the Year award. Mr. Teitel is currently principal of Stuyvesant High School, a position he has held since 1999.

May 2003

Presidents Series:
President David Rhodes: School of Visual Arts

by Jacob M. Appel
A visit to the office of David Rhodes is a crash-course reminder that our lives have become increasingly oriented to the visual...


Deans Series: Dean Jon Snyder, Bank Street College
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Talk about speed and interdisciplinary reach! It’s been only a little over a year since Education Update caught up with the then relatively new dean at the Graduate School of the Bank Street College of Education, Jon Snyder, but in this short period of time, the energetic administrator has moved on three new initiatives...

Thoughts on Middle Level Education
by Jerrold Ross, Ph.D.
It is not often that faculty authorize a Dean to speak for them, but I am representing the adolescent education faculty and Department chairs of St. John’s University’s School of Education to address one of the most critical issues in American education today—what to do about our middle schools...

New School Announces $7 Million Gift from Sheila C. Johnson
New School University President Bob Kerrey and Parsons School of Design Dean, H. Randolph Swearer, recently announced the largest single gift in Parsons’ 107-year history...

New Grants
This column is intended to help schools in a time of shrinking budgets...

Marymount Manhattan College: Literary World pays Tribute to Evan Hunter, aka Ed McBain
The Columbus Club was the setting for the March 12th Eighth Anniversary celebration dinner of Marymount Manhattan College’s renowned Writing Center...

Barnard Introduces Innovative Environmental Science Curriculum to Eight Colleges
Barnard introduced its innovative, multimedia environmental science curriculum Brownfield Action to eight colleges on April 11-13 in a seminar aimed at helping other schools adopt the program.


Distinguished New Yorkers Honored At Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) will present the 2003 President’s Medal to Dr. Stephen B. Colvin, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York University Medical Center and Kate McEnroe, President of AMC Networks.

The Protein’s in the Mail
A busy urban post office daily sorts thousands of letters and parcels, guiding each to a particular mailbox somewhere in the city.


April 2003

Barnard Pre-College Summer Program
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
If ever Mayor Bloomberg needed proof that New York City in the wake of 9/11 has lost none of its ability to attract out-of-town youngsters—with the obvious blessing of their parents—Barnard College’s Pre-college Program For Young Men And Women would be more than ample proof. . . .

The Woman I Admire Most
by Aminata Cisse
She wipes the sweat from her brow as she paces back and forth from the ancient armoire. Her eyes remain alert as they scrutinize every aspect of the water-stained walls of her bedroom. . . .

Barnard/CBS High School Essay Contest Winners Are Powerful Writers
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
For the past twelve years the Barnard College/CBS essay contest for public high school students in New York City has challenged students to write about, “A Woman I Admire,” according to Christine Royer, founder and organizer of the contest. . . .

Educating Math Teachers by Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
A well-known journalist was asked what major he would advise a college freshman, enthusiastic about embarking on a career in journalism. He replied, anything in the liberal arts, but don’t take any journalism courses. . . .

Anthropologist Bateson Speaks at Barnard
by Kim Brown
Personal identity shines brighter when viewed through Mary Catherine Bateson’s words. “We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn,” she once said. . . .

City College & Columbia U Share Grant
City College and Columbia University have received a National Science Foundation Traineeship (IGERT) grant to establish an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in soft materials. . . .

Indiana U Studies Alcohol Abuse in Students
Why young alcoholics seem insensitive to the negative consequences of their behavior is the subject of a five-year research study now under way at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) that includes a focus on college alcoholism.

Young Latinas Leadership Institute Scholarship
Five women, all freshmen at The City University of New York, have been named recipients of the first Young Latinas Leadership Institute Scholarship. . . .

Aging with Grace: Intriguing Findings from the
Nun’s Study

A behind-the-scenes look at the landmark study about aging, was the topic of a lecture recently by David Snowdon, Ph.D. at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. . . .

March 2003

College Presidents Series:
Diane Engelhardt, President, DeVry Institute of Technology
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Because she had been encouraged early on by her parents to learn shorthand and typing, Diane Engelhardt appreciates both the importance of “hands on” skills and the need to go beyond them for a meaningful career.

Mothers & Daughters As Teachers
Preserving the Legacy: In Her Own Words
by Joanne Robertson, Ph.D.
Living history: Reflecting memories. My mother has asked me to write this story, for she is no longer able to do so herself. Her testimonial bears witness to the significant contributions of women to the field of education, and to the evolution of critical theories of teaching and learning. For, embedded within her recollections about the four room schoolhouse in a small coal mining town, are philosophies influenced by her family culture, college education, and gender perceptions.

Pace University Offers MS in Accounting in China
Pace University’s Lubin School of Business is offering a pilot MS in Accounting program for students in Shanghai in conjunction with Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE). “This mutual endeavor provides an excellent opportunity for Chinese business professionals to study United States accounting, auditing and taxation,” said Arthur L. Centonze, dean of the Lubin School.


Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Learning plant science just got a lot more fun for students and their teachers with the introduction of the kindergarten and first grade elementary classroom curriculum, Adventure Garden SEEDS (Science Exploration and Education Discovery Series). SEEDS gives teachers a new resource that is packed with easy-to-use hands-on, inquiry-based classroom lessons that transform fieldtrips to the Garden into an extended and powerful learning experience.

Intel and Civil Air Patrol: For Self and College
by Katarzyna Kozanecka
A Stuyvesant High School student walks into a bar. He asks the bartender, Do you need someone to wash glasses? Play the piano? Or maybe you’ll let me observe your establishment for a month? I’m writing a social science Intel paper about the effectiveness of holding Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in bars.

450 Teachers & School Leaders from Around the World Gather at Teachers College Klingenstein Center’s 25th Anniversary
Event Recognizes Role of Independent Schools in American Education

Regents’ Vote Affirms CUNY Admissions Policy
The New York State Board of Regents voted recently to uphold the remedial policy of the City University of New York (CUNY), which ended an open admissions policy to the University’s four year colleges in 1999. Critics had cautioned that the policy change could lead to a drop in enrollment, particularly of minority students, at four-year CUNY institutions such as City College in Washington Heights.


February 2003

College Presidents Series President Stephen Adolphus: Interboro Institute
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Although the president for less than three years of Interboro Institute, a two-year business college dedicated to serving the poor, mainly minorities, Stephen H. Adolphus says...

January 2003

University Dean at City University of New York: Nicholas Michelli
by Joan Baum, Ph.D
In a way, the University Dean for Teacher Education at The City University of New York (CUNY) Dr. Nicholas M. Michelli has been preparing for this position—which includes a joint appointment as Professor in the University’s Ph.D. program in Urban Education—all his life...

What’s a “Provost”?
by Joan Baum, Ph.D
Once upon a time someone noticed that when you go to buy large olives you have a hard time trying to distinguish large from giant, colossal, or super.

December 2002

Dr. Christine Cea Inducted into College of Staten Island Hall of Fame
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
Recently, the College of Staten Island honored six distinguished alumni for their successful careers and outstanding service to the community. Christina Cea received her education as an adult “grateful to CSI for having programs that allow adults like myself [married and mother of two young children at the time] the opportunity to return to school and continue their growth.

Grants Offered by Finch College
The majority of people today find it increasingly difficult to keep up with the cost of education. At Finch College, the Alumnae Association Foundation has taken great strides in ameliorating the situation through the generosity of its members and friends.

Provost Podell & Chair of Ed. Sullivan Discuss
College of SI

by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
The words “unique” and “collaborative” come up often in conversation with David Podell, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and Susan Sullivan, Chair of the College’s Department of...

College President Series
Dr. Marlene Springer, President, College of Staten Island
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Colleges may be scooping up corporate heads for their presidencies but for the last eight years at The College of Staten Island (CSI) the CEO has been a Ph.D. in English Literature, who has an MA in American Literature and an additional specialty in women’s studies from Indiana University, Bloomington.

November 2002

Marymount Manhattan Inaugurates New President
by Sybil Maimin
It has been a season of inaugurations of new college presidents in New York City, and Judson R. Shaver joined the distinguished list as he became the seventh president of Marymount Manhattan College on October 18...

College Admissions Demystified
by Sybil Maimin
The college admissions frenzy is in full swing and hardly a seat was empty when The New York Times and Hofstra University co-sponsored a talk based on the book The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College by Jacques Steinberg...

Kerlin Institute at Bank Street College Established to “Propel the Teaching” of Science
by Adam B. Kushner
In the silent and empty halls of the Bank Street College of Education, after students had deserted for the day, one room bustled...


QCC to Offer Entertainment Publicity Course
Queensborough Community College’s Continuing Education Department is offering a 5-session class entitled, “Publicity for Theater and Entertainment Arts,” in which a professional publicist will take students behind the headlines generated by a fast-growing profession...

Bel Kaufman Captivates Audience at Marymount Manhattan College
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose–the more things change, the more they stay the same...

Mark Minton Named Diplomat-in-Residence at CCNY
Taking a sabbatical from the realm of international diplomacy, where negotiating peace talks in Asian trouble spots and representing the U.S. at the UN Security Council were the order of the day, Mark Minton...

October 2002

College President Series:
Gregory H. Williams: President, City College
by Marie Holmes
My father somehow developed this great thirst for knowledge,” says Gregory H. Williams, who became City College’s 11th President on August, 2001...

City College: Past and Future
by Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
High tuition costs do not guarantee a superior college education...

Dean Series:
Teachers College Dean Plans Higher Profile for Insitution
by Merri Rosenberg
Mrs. Baker would be very proud...

$4 Million Gift Launches Sally Kerlin Institute
Sarah “Sally” Kerlin ’36, demonstrated a lifelong commitment to Bank Street...

Sophie Davis Med School Freshmen Win Scholarships
Pre-med students Elliot James Aguayo and Kimberly Watson are this year’s recipients of the Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE) Unsung Hero Scholarships presented annually...

September 2002

Dean Deborah Shanley: Brooklyn College School of Education
by Sybil Maimin
Deborah A. Shanley, Dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College, is in an enviable position...

President Barbara Sirvis, Southern Vermont College:
A Special Leader for a Special Place
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Baileigh, who sits not too far from the president of Southern Vermont College (SVC) is probably the college’s most visible recruiter...


LIU Offers New Program in Law Enforcement
As a direct result of the public safety concerns raised by September 11, the School of Continuing Studies at Long Island University’s Brooklyn...

August 2002

An Ongoing Series of
Interviews with Deans of Education

Dean David Hodges: Hunter College
by Lena Khidritsky
If I were a teacher in those schools and I were presiding over the lives of children, I would try to teach them that those streets, those neighborhoods and...

Word Watchers Weigh In At MMC Writers’ Conference
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Capping a four-day seminar series on writing and publishing, led concurrently by Ben Cheever, Grace Mirabella and Meg Wolitzer - Marymount Manhattan College...

Dean Posamentier Heads CCNY Pilot:
Immersion Helps Math Teacher Shortage
by Tom Kertes

Channel 13 Awards GED Diplomas
The 2002 Student Recognition Day, a ceremony for individuals who have recently received their English As A Second Language (ESL) or General Education Diploma...

July 2002

Bank Street to Participate in Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Initiative, Teachers for a New Era
Bank Street College of Education has been selected to submit a proposal to participate in a Carnegie Corporation of New York landmark...

Education Dean Jerrold Ross Hits All the Right Notes
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
If music be not only the food of love, as Duke Orsino proclaims in Twelfth Night, but also the sustenance of culture and civilization, as Dr. Jerrold Ross...

Robert Lee Colvin Moves to Hechinger Institute at Teachers College
Robert Lee Colvin an award-winning education writer of the Los Angeles Times will become the new deputy director of the Hechinger Institute on...

MCC Awards College Scholarships
Three students from Talent Unlimited High School recently received college scholarships from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, based on essays delineating their plans for rebuilding the site of the World Trade Center.

June 2002

Bank Street College of Education:
Integral to Building A Better World
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.

Barnard Graduates Reminded to Turn Talents & Energies Outward READ MORE

Columbia University: Pres. Rupp's Last Graduation READ MORE

157th Commencement at Fordham U READ MORE

NYU Dean of Education: Ann Marcus
by Marylena Mantas
"Teaching is a very difficult job and it needs to be a respectable middle class profession," says Ann Marcus, Dean of the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.

"Keep Smiling" At Marymount Manhattan College
by Joan Baum
Recently, at Marymount Manhattan College "Keep Smiling,” the watchwords of 94-year old philanthropist Mortimer Levittÿs life and philosophy of life, needed no prompt: to be elicited.

Midwood High School Essay Winner
Receives $1000 "Smile With Your Eyes"
by Denise Elysabeth Friedman

New School University: Pres. Kerrey Reflects on 9/11
Excerpts of President Robert Kerrey's Commencement Address:

NY Medical College: Paul LeClerc Honored READ MORE

May 2002

Barnard Education Program Celebrates 50 Years
by Merri Rosenberg

Empire State College in Staten Island
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.

At Teachers College:
President Arthur Levine, Eva Moskowitz & Ted Sizer Discuss Education at the Crossroads

by Sybil Maimin

April 2002

Committee Selects Best Childrenís Books
by Marylena Mantas
"The language poetry speaks is not that of philosophy-but, that of the child's heart," said Marilyn Nelson, author of...

Best Selling Authors:
Continuing Ed at Marymount Manhattan College
by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Ambling onstage before a full house, blockbuster novelist Nelson DeMille, "the DeMille of our time," as Marymount Manhattan...


President Judson Shaver:
Marymount Manhattan College

by Marylena Mantas

Inside the Dean's Office:
Jon Snyder, Bank Street College of Education

by Joan Baum, Ph.D.

March 2002

Bank Street College Honors Sandy & Joan Weill
More than 400 people attended Bank Street’s annual gala at The Pierre Hotel recently. The event honored Sandy and Joan Weill, who were presented honorary doctorates.

The College of New Rochelle Appoints New Dean
of School of New Resources

Dr. Stephen J. Sweeny, President of the College of New Rochelle (CNR), recently announced the appointment of Elza Dinwiddie-Boyd as Dean of the School of New Resources (SNR).

Presidents Series
Joan Straumanis: President, Antioch College, Ohio
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
President Straumanis has the unusual perspective of having been a student at Antioch College during its centennial year and coming...

February 2002

College Deans Series:
Entering the Dean’s Office:
Alfred Posamentier, Dean, School of Education, CCNY

by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
Entering into Dean Alfred Posamentier’s office, the eye is tantalized by a splendid array of gem-like antique maps, prints and memorabilia of the composer, Richard Wagner, all so closely displayed that one cannot...

Presidents Series:
President Bob Kerrey Harnesses the New School
by Jacob M. Appel
After only a few minutes chatting with New School University President J. Robert “Bob” Kerrey, one might easily forget that he...

Furst on First in Marymount Manhattan College’s
2002 Best-Selling Authors Series

by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
As Marymount Manhattan College’s irrepressible Writing Center Director Lewis Burke Frumkes puts it, Alan Furst, master of espionage...

Teachers College Announces 2001 Alumni Award Winners
Each year Teachers College in New York City honors its distinguished alumni. Then following individuals were honored recently for their outstanding contributions to society.

January 2002

Poet Laureate Billy Collins: Lehman College
by Ari McKenna
Billy Collins was recently elected the Library of Congress’s eleventh Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. “Billy Collins’ poetry is widely accessible.

(First of a Series Interviewing New College Presidents Around the Country)
A New Year Ahead for New College Presidents

President Norman Fainstein: Connecticut College
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
Norman Fainstein became the President of Connecticut College after many years as an academic at such distinguished institutions as City University and Vassar College.

Kerlins Say Thanks With $8 Million to Bank Street and Wave Hill
Bank Street College of Education and Wave Hill are pleased to announce that the two New York City institutions have each received a $4-million gift from Sally and Gilbert Kerlin.

Novelists Explore Creative Process at Syracuse University
by Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
The elegant wood-paneled rooms of the Pierpont Morgan Library were a fitting venue for an exploration of the creative process by noted authors, graduates and professors of Syracuse University.


December 2001

New Center for Distance Learning at Jewish Theological Seminary
by Sybil Maimin
Distance learning, the ability to study at one’s convenience, whether for a degree or for enrichment, by logging onto the Internet from almost any computer anywhere has become a reality.

Marymount’s Best-Selling Author Series
by Lewis Burke Frumkes
The Best-selling Author Series began about 12 years ago when Dick Cook and Rhonda Barnat, two friends of the college’s dean,...


Sonnenblick Appointed Dean of City Tech
Carol Sonnenblick, a continuing education professional with more than 20 years of managerial experience, has been appointed Dean....

Polytechnic Wins 2001 Educators of Distinction Award
Polytechnic University won a 2001 Educators of Distinction Award from Saludos Hispanos/Saludo.com, the leading career and education magazine and Web site for bilingual Hispanics.

LIU Student Awarded Watson Fellowship
A 2001 Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship was awarded to Joel Mentor, a sophomore majoring in political science at Long Island University’s (LIU) Brooklyn campus.

November 2001

Barnard Summit: Women, Leadership, and the Future
by Jessica Shi
Barnard College recently held a day-long summit which aimed to address the importance of women as leaders in our society and the...

November 2001: In Brief READ MORE

Jaffe-Ruiz in Nursing Hall of Fame READ MORE

Secrets to Beating the Cost of College
by David Michaels

October 2001

$1.3M Technology Grant for Buffalo
The US Department of Education (DOE) has awarded a $1.3 million three-year grant to a consortium composed of the University at Buffalo’s...

First National American Indian University
An unprecedented merger took place earlier this year when Si Tanka College, one of the oldest tribal colleges in the nation, located in Eagle...

LIU Offers Training to Students in India READ MORE

Marymount Opens First Dorm READ MORE

Pace Scholarship Fund for WTC Victims READ MORE

Queens Grad Receives Coca-Cola Scholarship

Corporations Establish College Scholarship Funds for WTC Students
by Jessica Shi

September 2001

Bramson Ort College
Bramson Ort College, based in Forest Hills, New York, graduated 217 students in June, the vast majority of whom received associate’s degrees.

Four City College Undergraduates Receive Jeannette Watson Fellowships
by Marylena Mantas
Lincoln Ajoku, a junior enrolled in City College’s honors program, spent his summer completing an internship at the International AIDS Vaccine...

August 2001

CLEP Exams now Computer-Based READ MORE

CUNY’s Guide to Financial Aid READ MORE

Creating the SAT Questions READ MORE

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IRA Ranks Teacher Prep
Teachers whose preparation courses featured quality reading instruction typically provide their students with a “richer literacy experience” than...

July 2001

City Tech Students score 100 on Teacher
Certification Exam

Students in New York City Technical College’s teacher education programs posted pass rates of 100 percent on the 1999-00 liberal arts and sciences test.

New Report Finds Major Improvements at CUNY
In June of 1999, the Mayor’s Task Force on the City University of New York, led by Benno Schmidt, released a study that criticized CUNY for high...

New PSAT Advice Available
According to the College Board, high school students who will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) this...

New Day Assistant Program in Queens
Queensborough Community College has established a new day care assistant certificate program...

June 2001

Open Houses at CUNY Community Colleges

May 2001

CUNY Community College Report

The Role of Schools in Addressing Violence:
Zero Tolerance

by Matilda Cuomo and Deborah Lans

College Scholarships Compiled
by Kathryn Newman

Oregon Leadership Institute

In Brief

April 2001

College Scholarships Compiled
by Kathryn Newman


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