Quebec City: An Introduction to French Culture

CUNY’s latest International Education Report showed participation in study abroad programs during the 2010-11 academic year averaged 1.5% of fall 2010 Baccalaureate enrollment. Hunter College (2.9%), Baruch College (1.6%), and Brooklyn College (1.5%) led the way. At Lehman College, student participation in study abroad programs amounted to 0.4% of Baccalaureate enrollment.

Study abroad and foreign travel provide students with strong learning opportunities. In a contemporary world in which...

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Text a call number to yourself!

The CUNY Catalog has a new feature: sending the call number of an item (e.g., book, CD, video, etc.) to your cellphone.
 
It is very easy to use. Simply go to the catalog and search for an item. Once you've retrieved it, click on the "Location and Call Number" button and then click on the "Send Info via Text" button .
 
A pop-up window will open, giving you the option to enter your phone number and mobile carrier. Click on "Send Message" and, within seconds, you will receive a text message with...
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Standard 7 Most Cited by MSCHE in 2013 Self Study Outcomes

Since 2010, Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) has been closing the gap with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) for the Standard most frequently cited for Middle States in its request for follow-up reports in 3-year moving averages. On a yearly basis, Standard 7 surpassed Standard 14 for the first time based on the information released following the June 27 meeting of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). With an additional institution’s results yet to be...

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Letter To Lehman College

Dear Lehman College:

My undergraduate years have ended with mixed reactions. I will miss walking the grounds, navigating the hot underground tunnels and having my early morning meditation in the stands across from the ballfield.

The journey, which began in Spring 2008 and ended in Spring 2013, has been an interesting one filled with varied learning experiences along with a few regrets.

A special thank you to the Adult Degree Program, Careers in Teaching Advisors and some of the great...

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A wonderful Professor

My name is Karen Steinberg-Roback of the class of 1976. I recently read in your Lehman Today brochure that Professor George Movesian had passed away. I was saddened by the news because he was a very special teacher. I had him for an education reading class and I have told my children a story about him that was very memorable to me.

The first day of class he wrote his last name on the blackboard and went around the room asking us to say his name. None of us got it right and he was trying to...

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Beyond Björk

I am slowing turning Scandinavian, one pop song at a time.  The latest stage in my transformation crept up on me during a recent trip to Iceland, in which Icelandair greeted me with more than a dozen Icelandic pop CDs to listen to on the trip, followed by some choice discoveries in record stores that called Reykjavic home.

Until a few years ago, the only Icelandic musician I knew anything about was Björk Guðmundsdóttir, in all three of her manifestations: as singer for the anarcho-postpunk...

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OECD Releases Annual “Education At A Glance” Report

On June 25, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its annual report, Education at a Glance 2013. This report discusses the state of education in 37 OECD member and partner countries. This report provides information that includes data on finances, enrollment, and graduation rates.

Major findings related to U.S. Higher Education are as follows:

  • Approximately 42% of American adults aged 25 to 64 have a tertiary degree. That ranks fifth highest in the...
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NBER Working Paper Analyzes Academic Performance and College Dropout

Federal and state policy makers have been devoting considerable attention to student success in recent years. Dissatisfaction with student success has helped fuel what broadly can be termed an “accountability” movement. Accreditors have also been paying attention to student success. Over the past five years, more than one-fourth of requests for follow-up related to Standard 8 (Student Admissions and Retention) from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) have concerned the...

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2013 Lehman Commencement Behind-the-Scenes

95 degrees and sunny.  A perfect day for Commencement at Lehman College, where the Lehman community comes together to celebrate the hard work and dedication of its graduates, regardless of the elements. 

In a series of posts in the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing with you Commencement at Lehman College from different points of view: faculty, students and families. First up is our latest Behind-the-Scenes video showing what goes into the making of Commencement. This video highlights the efforts...

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Lumina Foundation’s Progress Report on Higher Education Provides Insights

When it comes to integrated planning, budgeting, and assessment processes—the kind of linkage Middle States seeks under Standards 2 and 7, strategic plans are viewed not as static documents, but dynamic and continually evolving ones. For such documents to be dynamic, institutions of higher education need to continually scan the environment, review and test scenarios and contingencies, and make adjustments to strategies, resource allocation, or even strategic goals/objectives, as necessary or...

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Six Years Since Graduating From Lehman

I attended Lehman College from 2003 to 2007. I still cannot believe it has been 6 years since I sat on the Lehman baseball field, sweating from the intense heat in a black cap and gown decorated in honor cords and medals. That was one of my proudest moments and a day I'd never forget.

When I walked into the halls of Lehman's Gillet Hall as a freshman straight out of Stevenson High School in the Bronx, I wasn't sure where I would be or what I would become in four years. Upon my first class, I...

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The Periodic Review Report: Standard 7

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s (MSCHE’s) Standard 7 declares:

The institution has developed and implemented an assessment process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in achieving its mission and goals and its compliance with accreditation standards.

Standard 7 is an “all-encompassing” standard. It covers all aspects of a college’s or university’s operations and activities, including academic, administrative, and community services. Evaluating an institution’s success in...

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A Gift of Lehman's Emphasis on Liberal Arts

With Thursday’s commencement now another milestone in Lehman College’s lengthening history, not to mention in the lives of all its graduates, it is a good time to reflect on the common experience for all those graduates. No matter the path that brought them to Lehman College, nor their field of study, they all share a rich exposure to the Liberal Arts.

Liberal Arts teaches students to address challenges and opportunities from many different perspectives. It helps them raise the questions that...

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Congratulations Class of 2013!

Slideshow Credits: Cristhian Campaña, Migdio Dominguez, Christine McKenna, Brendan McGibney, Ishaw Thorpe, Magda Soto, Marisa WhiteRead More » » Read More »
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A Day of Remembrance

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan issued an order that May 30th be “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion [U.S. Civil War], and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials...

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Focusing the Periodic Review Report Effort

Although the Periodic Review Report (PRR) must fully address all of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s (MSCHE) Standards and other requirements, every standard and requirement need not be given equal time and effort. In general, greater attention should be devoted to matters important to the institution's success, strategic direction, and areas of risk, with lesser time devoted to less weighty matters.

A focused approach can be guided by among the following questions:

  • What does...
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Periodic Review Report Outcomes: Most-Cited Standards and Elements

On April 29, I wrote about Periodic Review Report (PRR) outcomes during the last five years. Briefly, Middle States Standards 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, and 14 have been cited most frequently in requests for follow-up reports. Furthermore, the standards should not be viewed in isolation, as there is overlap among them.

During my review of the requests for follow-up reports, I categorized elements related to each standard. There is a degree of subjectivity involved. In my grouping, 89 elements were cited...

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An End of Semester Note to my Students

At the end of each semester, I provide my students with a closing note about the course. That note seeks to place the course, its content, and its requirements into a larger context. I do so, because I believe it is helpful for students to have one last opportunity to understand why they took the course and perhaps better identify what they gained from the course. Such understanding can perhaps reinforce learning for the long-term.

Below is the note to my spring 2013 students:

With the semester...

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Periodic Review Report Outcomes: 2008-2012

On June 1, 2014, Lehman College will submit its Periodic Review Report (PRR) to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). As the College prepares to launch its effort to devise the PRR, it makes sense to highlight the major outcomes following the submission of an institution’s PRR.

Briefly, MSCHE has established the following goals for the PRR:

It has also set forth the following objectives:

During the past 5 years, MSCHE requested follow-up reports (monitoring reports or...

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Communicating Writing Expectations with Students

In setting major course requirements, I believe it is important to communicate the basis and context of the assignments to my students. Sometimes, the communication has to be repeated as deadlines approach. That proved to be the case with respect to the 20-page research paper I assigned my students.

On the first day of class, I explained that one of my course’s objectives set forth on the syllabus is that students would be able to write in a reasonably clear and concise fashion. The...

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