By Keshia Clukey, Eliza Shapiro and Arimeta Diop | 12/05/2017 09:57 AM EDT
FINAL ENHANCED TUITION AWARD NUMBERS YET TO BE RELEASED — POLITICO's Keshia Clukey: Students at the state's private and independent colleges are being told if they qualify for the state's Enhanced Tuition Award, but the institutions are still in the dark about final numbers. It's the final week of classes for the fall semester at most colleges and universities, with final exams scheduled for next week. At this point, most students already have paid their bills, so the award will likely be provided as a rebate, private institutions have said. The ETA process has lagged behind that of the state's highly touted Excelsior Scholarship program, which covers tuition costs for qualifying students at public colleges and universities. The application period for Excelsior began June 7 and ran through July 21, while the ETA application period opened July 7 and closed Aug. 21. It's been more than two months since students at public colleges and universities were told whether they received an Excelsior Scholarship. "We have been told by the [Higher Education Services Corporation] that we will be notified on a weekly basis which students have been selected for ETA," College of Saint Rose spokeswoman Jennifer Gish told POLITICO in an email.
The HESC administers both the Excelsior and the ETA programs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office and HESC did not return requests for comment. The Enhanced Tuition Award is a matching grant program providing up to $6,000 toward tuition at participating nonprofit private colleges and universities for undergraduates coming from families earning up to $100,000 annually. The Legislature included $19 million in the state budget for the Enhanced Tuition Award, which is designed to help private schools compete for in-state students. Thirty private colleges and universities opted into the program. The funds will be distributed through a lottery system because some institutions chose to take advantage of state regulations allowing them to put a cap on participation based on a maximum number of recipients, or a dollar threshold. The details of how the lottery system works have not yet been released, several colleges told POLITICO. Read more here.
GOOD TUESDAY MORNING. Betty Rosa, Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown and Regent Wade Norwood will participate in a forum on research-based policies and practices in Rochester. The Assembly Education Committee will host a roundtable discussion in Albany on the education of students at private schools. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery will make an announcement at P.S. 315 about the expansion of vision screening programs in schools. MaryEllen Elia and Carmen Fariña did not release public schedules.
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CITY COLLEGE NAMES PERMANENT PRESIDENT — The New York Times' David W. Chen: "The City University of New York on Monday appointed Vincent G. Boudreau as the next president of its flagship, the City College of New York, after addressing the concerns of prominent African-American leaders in Harlem over his relationship with the neighborhood. Dr. Boudreau, a political scientist, had been the college's interim president for the past year following the abrupt resignation of Lisa S. Coico, whose finances have been under investigation by the United States attorney for the Eastern District. A 26-year veteran of the college, Dr. Boudreau had the backing of Colin L. Powell, the former secretary of state, who is one of the college's most influential alumni, and had been expected to be offered the permanent post in October. But the announcement was postponed after a group of 20 elected officials and community leaders, including former Gov. David A. Paterson, former Representative Charles B. Rangel and former Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, complained that their 'input, insight and influence' had been ignored." Read more here.
— "The Trustees of The City University of New York enacted on Monday a second round of reforms of the university's governance and administrative policies, ensuring greater transparency and accountability by CUNY and its 24 individual institutions. Along with changes adopted by the board in June, the revised policies put CUNY at the vanguard of financial integrity in higher education, said Board Chairperson William C. Thompson Jr." Read more via CUNY, here.
— Brigette Bryant is now CUNY's first Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.
EDUCATION MOVES: Lisa Yeh is Barnard College's new VP of development. Yeh was previously a VP for external relations and development at the Columbia Business School.
FOLLOW THE MONEY: "The Archdiocese of New York today announced the successful completion of Inner-City Scholarship Fund's $125 million Kids Are Our Capital endowment campaign. Led by a record-setting founding gift of $40 million from Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman in September 2015 along with a $40 million commitment from the Archdiocese itself, Inner-City Scholarship Fund has raised the remaining $45 million to complete the historic fund-raising effort. The campaign culminated in a generous donation from The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund in the amount of $3 million, dedicated toward scholarship support for archdiocesan students." — Press release from the Archdiocese's PR firm, Rubenstein
— SUNY Schenectady County Community College was awarded a $96,320 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funding will support the schools' Humanistic Approaches to Criminal Justice project, a two-year curricular development program aimed at creating introductory humanities courses with a criminal justice focus, according to a news release.
SUCCESS ACADEMY'S RADICAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIMENT — New Yorker's Rebecca Mead: Some of the most telling anecdotes and conclusions from Mead's time spent inside Success schools — access few local journalists have been granted: "... When the students were called to 'turn and talk,' they swivelled, inside their grids, to face a partner, and discussed the section of the text that had been examined collectively. The exchanges I heard consisted of repeating the conclusions that had just been reached, rather than independently extending them. Some students seemed to be going through the motions of analysis and comprehension—performing thought. 'The grandmother's house is too small—she doesn't have the space to put her memories,' one child informed her partner, garbling the story's sense in her effort to comply with expectations.
Nor was there time for more imaginative or personally inflected interpretations of the text —the interrogation of 'big ideas' that happens in the kinds of graduate seminars [Eva] Moskowitz held up as a model. When one child proposed that the grandmother was feeling uncomfortable in her new home because she was lonely—a reasonable inference, given the absence of her husband, who was pictured in the family photographs—the teacher asked for textual evidence, and the student was unable to provide it. With the clock ticking, the discussion moved on, and the question of the grandmother's loneliness—of what else the story might be saying to a reader, beyond the surface meaning of the words in the numbered paragraphs—was left unexplored.
A Success Academy classroom is a highly controlled, even repressive, place. In some classrooms that I observed, there were even expectations for how pencils should be laid down when not in use: at Springfield Gardens, the pencils had all been placed to the right of the desks, aligned with the edge..." Read more here.
AROUND NEW YORK:
— "Efforts to win larger stipends for University at Buffalo graduate students took on a new urgency this week, as Congress began negotiating a federal tax plan that proposes taxing students on tuition waivers." — Buffalo News' Jay Tokasz. Read more here.
— "The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is one of the top medical schools in the country, and also among the most expensive. ... But while some medical students now take on crippling debt to attend, a new endowment funded by one of the school's most successful alumni is intended to eliminate the need for student loans for all of its future medical students, the school announced Monday night." — The New York Times' Sharon Otterman. Read more here.
ACROSS THE RIVER:
— Democratic members of New Jersey's congressional delegation joined with students and faculty at Rutgers University on Monday to condemn GOP tax reform proposals they say will be detrimental to higher education. — POLITICO's Linh Tat. Read more here.
STUDY UP: "Public investment in K-12 schools — crucial for communities to thrive and the U.S. economy to offer broad opportunity — has declined dramatically in a number of states over the last decade. Worse, some of the deepest-cutting states have also cut income tax rates, weakening their main revenue source for supporting schools." — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Read more here.
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