CUNY Board of Trustees Hearing, Oct 19

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The CUNY Board of Trustees heard testimony about CUNY’s budget request at a public hearing Wednesday, October 19 at the Baruch College Vertical Campus (55 Lexington Avenue). President Bowen testified on behalf of the PSC. She commended the Board for taking some steps to call for increases in public funding for CUNY. But the steps “are important, but they are not enough,” she said. In her testimony, president Bowne urged the CUNY administration to demand significant public investment and eschew tuition hikes. The PSC, she testified, will be urging the City and State to make transformative investments in CUNY. Dozens of CUNY students, faculty and staff also testified. Many of them opposed CUNY’s planned tuition hikes and shared stories of learning and teaching under austerity conditions. Audio of the hearing is posted here. President Bowen speaks at the 1:10:32 time stamp.