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    CUNY tuition hike coming to a school near you

    In CUNY’s 2017-2018 Operating Budget Request and Four-Year Financial Plan, there is a proposed $250 tuition hike coming to CUNY senior colleges over the next four years. The tuition hike is actually lower than the proposed $300 hike for senior colleges, and includes a $100 tuition hike for community colleges. The initially proposed $300 tuition increase was enacted back in 2011 and was considered to be “modest and predictable,” going to “directly benefit students.” The plan reports that “CUNY’s in-state tuition will continue to be well below the average for public universities in the country and, combined with New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), it will keep college affordable to…

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    Revature partners with CUNY to build new talent

    Revature, a technology solutions firm based in Virginia, will be partnering with CUNY to bring a free, 12-week programming boot camp and RevaturePro, a custom online training course, to interested alumni. The boot camp will launch at Queens College on November 14 by the School of Professional Studies. The general CUNY start date will be in January 2017. The partnership is projected to create over 2,000 jobs in New York over the next five years. Upon successful completion of the boot camp, Revature will offer alumni full-time positions at the company. Along with the boot camp, Revature is offering a weekly living allowance and professional certification paid by the company.…

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    CUNY prioritizing recruitment of international students to campuses

    In its 2016-2020 master plan, CUNY has listed the recruitment of international students a top priority in hopes to dramatically increase low numbers of the past. CUNY’s campuses have long been known to be places of diversity and acceptance of various creeds and cultures. As the numbers check out, though, the system does not attract nearly as many international students as one may expect. Among the master plan’s various goals, including improving customer service in the bursar and financial aid offices to students and building more dorms, the plan includes a provision to make transferring international credits an easier process for students and an effort to increase CUNY’s visibility. Following…

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    A battle of the pens and keyboards

    From handwriting to tablets, students have many ways to take notes, and the choice seems unimportant and insignificant. But new findings show the choice of note taking is not just about comfort, but also how to register information in the brain. In a study conducted by Pam Muller of Princeton University and Daniel Oppenheimer of UCLA, researchers found college students taking notes by hand perform better in recalling information than students who type their notes. This phenomenon is known as the encoding hypothesis that finds people process information when they write it down. Many students agree technology may distract and hinder them from learning in the classroom. Joshua Megnauth, a…

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    Unveiling OASIS and improving success for underprivileged students

    Coming to Queens College is a new initiative aimed at increasing minority graduation rates. Optimizing Academic Success and Institutional Strategy is Education Trust’s innovative initiative to improve higher education success for underprivileged students. The organization, which is a non-profit advocacy, promotes programs aimed at helping students of low-income and minorities in order to close achievement gaps completely. The initiative will be implemented in 11 schools, including Florida A&M University and University of Houston. Among these colleges are six Hispanic-Serving Institutions, four Historically Black Colleges and Universities and one urban research institution. Bonita Brown, Director of Higher Education Practice at EdTrust, said that the initiative will be composed of HBCUs and…