CUNY Rising White Paper Praises What Works At CUNY, Calls for $2B in Public Funding to End Chronic Disinvestment
The CUNY Rising Alliance and supporters are calling on Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo to phase in a $2 billion plan to fund free, high-quality education for all City University of New York students.
A new CUNY Rising white paper, released by on December 7 as a companion to the Students' Bill of Rights, explains the success of ASAP and CUNY’s other targeted student success programs. It also details the disinvestment that imperils CUNY’s mission to educate “the children of the whole people” of New York. From 2008 – 2015 per-student funding from the State fell 17% at CUNY senior colleges and 5% at community colleges, when adjusted for inflation. Per-student City funding for the community colleges fell 13% over the same period, when adjusted for inflation.
CUNY Rising's plan make ASAP-level supports available to all CUNY students. The groups propose approaching “free” from two directions. From one side, financial aid would be expanded to help more low-income and working families. From the other side, increases in City and State support would fund first a tuition freeze and then reductions in the sticker price of tuition. Thousands of full-time faculty and academic advisors would be hired; adjunct faculty would see their pay increased to $7,000 per course; and capital funding would be increased to repair, upgrade and expand CUNY’s aging and over-used facilities.
A Message from Barbara Bowen, PSC President
Many of us feel shattered and threatened by the result of the election last week. Violence of all kinds suddenly seems much closer-violence against the climate and against other nation-states, but also against women, people of color, the poor, Muslims, immigrants, Jews, children, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, transgender and transsexual people and others. Political discourse, as Toni Morrison writes, has been "shredded by an unreason and hatred so deep that vulgar abuse seems normal."
And the implications of the election are only just beginning to unfold. We can expect that civil liberties, academic freedom, public education and union rights will also come under attack. Incidents of racism and anti-Semitism whose proponents have explicitly linked their actions to Trump have already occurred on college campuses.
Such attacks must not happen at CUNY-to anyone. I know that not all PSC members agreed with the union's position on the election. But I am confident that all PSC members join me in believing that there is no place for hatred on a university campus, especially when the university is CUNY. CUNY was founded on the principle that "the children of the whole people" are entitled to a free college education of the highest quality. That principle is more important now than ever.
CUNY faculty, professional staff and retirees will soon receive a letter from the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund announcing a significant enhancement of benefits. This became possible with an infusion of new money from the contract and the movement of adjunct healthcare out of the fund to the city plan
There are three areas of expanded benefits:
--Dental: Guardian DentalGuard Preferred Network
--Vision: PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Davis Vision Premier Collection
--Hearing: HearUSA Network
A summary of benefit enhancements is available on the website of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund -- or you can click "read more" below