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Holman, Linda – Thought & Action, 2017
Teaching basic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills is immensely gratifying and vitally important work, requiring intelligence, optimism, and humanity. To be able to gain some sliver of understanding with regard to students' attitudes, behaviors, skills, and abilities; to recognize that there exists a multiplicity of possible…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Acceleration (Education), Academic Achievement
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Mooney, Christine; Volchok, Edward – Thought & Action, 2016
This year, labor unions got a reprieve: The Supreme Court deadlocked in a much-anticipated case that could have turned almost every state into Wisconsin, where partisan interests have crippled union power. The case, "Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association," addressed a previous case, "Abood v. Detroit Board of…
Descriptors: Public Sector, Unions, Court Litigation, Labor Legislation
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Freeman, James E.; Kolozi, Peter – Thought & Action, 2016
Ever wonder why union members' salary and benefits, workload agreements, and other aspects of their collective bargaining agreements, or "contracts," often remain unchanged and enforced during the all-too-common periods when public employees labor without a contract? In New York, the answer boils down to an understanding of the Public…
Descriptors: Public Sector, Unions, Collective Bargaining, Contracts
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Cacicio, Sarah; Le, Uyen Uyen – Thought & Action, 2014
Without a doubt, the movement toward corporatized, standardized, and even sanitized education models in K-12 education impacts the way students at the higher education level view teaching and learning. New York City public school teachers have been trained to focus entirely on measurable outcomes. Writing is taught as a well-structured paragraph…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Learner Engagement, Inquiry
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Mash, Kenneth M. – Thought & Action, 2013
The author of this article observes that, while much has been written on the overall topic of safety with regard to allowing guns on college campuses, little has been said about how allowing the possession of deadly weapons can create a "chilling effect" on academic discussions. This article considers how some universities have…
Descriptors: School Safety, Gun Control, Campuses, Civil Rights
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Curtin, Maureen – Thought & Action, 2013
Maureen Curtin, associate professor in the English and Creative Writing Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Oswego, reports in this article on an initiative that is designed to spur teams of faculty and visiting artists to teach "intellectual issues" through students' storytelling. The courses were part of the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Story Telling, College Students, College Faculty
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Golden, Robert – Thought & Action, 2013
In this article, Robert Golden envisions the current trends in practice at State University of New York (SUNY) in Plattsburgh, being so firmly entrenched as to still be the same practices in place 60 years into the future. He notes the decline of full-time faculty, the rise in the numbers of contingent faculty, the increasing use of massive open…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Administration, College Presidents, Trend Analysis
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Rosenthal, Bill; Schnee, Emily – Thought & Action, 2013
On a prime site in Manhattan, a block from the lions guarding the New York Public Library, the City University of New York (CUNY) opened its newest community college in the fall of 2012. Designed to achieve greater student success, as measured through increased graduation rates, the New Community College at CUNY (NCC) is seen as a beacon of hope…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Tenure, College Administration
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Gecan, Michael – Thought & Action, 2013
As the co-director of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a network founded by Saul Alinsky in 1940 that partners with faith and community-based organizations to improve local leadership and citizen-led action, the author has witnessed how power organizing can work. In the first few months of 2013, the author had been privileged to be part of a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Action, Organization, Meetings
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Lax, Jeffrey – Thought & Action, 2012
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) released a report last November asserting that, with a six-year graduation rate of 28 percent, City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges "should be doing much better." The report declared graduation rates "lackluster" and criticized community colleges for "not yet delivering…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Community Colleges, Graduation, Graduation Rate