Because most courses are taught (and dissertations are supervised) by faculty whose appointments are at colleges other than The Graduate Center, CUNY's doctoral programs are dependent on the consortial cooperation of the colleges. The allocation system is the University's means of recognizing the contribution of college (i.e., non-Graduate Center) faculty to CUNY's doctoral programs. The system involves the annual allocation of funds to the CUNY colleges participating in the doctoral and master's programs at The Graduate Center.
In the allocation system, each doctoral course is considered a unit, and six units equal a line. Each enrollment in supervision of independent study and doctoral dissertations (90000) is credited as 0.2 of a unit, and thus five enrollments equal a course. The Graduate Center will credit each college with the units earned by faculty members supervising independent study and dissertations only if the college routinely recognizes as part of doctoral faculty workload the "courses" earned by these enrollments.
A graduate course earns a course credit in the allocation system for the home college of the instructor when five or more doctoral students enroll (excluding auditors). Partial credit is not given for courses with fewer than five doctoral students. A doctoral course (80000 level) with fewer than five enrollments will be canceled as not having met the minimum level of enrollment.
The Executive Officer must confirm arrangements for participation of college-based faculty by sending a letter each semester to the academic dean and the department chair of the appropriate CUNY college.
Updated 5 May 2015