The challenges presented by quasi- or non-academic publications that lack rigorous peer review are increasing. At first glance, this phenomenon may mean little to us here at the Graduate Center, which is fortunate to have more than its share of faculty who set the standard rather than seek to meet it. However, in addition to exacerbating a cultural crisis in which preferred ideas are treated as facts and facts are disregarded, predatory publishers and conference organizers pose a particular danger to emerging scholars -- our students. Read more
Joy Connolly is senior vice president, provost, and distinguished professor of classics at The Graduate Center. Read more
I’m happy to share an announcement of changes in the Office of Student Affairs. Warm congratulations are in order for Elise Perram, new Director of Student Affairs and Scott Voorhees, now Associate Director of Student Affairs.
We are very fortunate to also have two new staff members joining the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, both of whom are proud products of the City University of New York. Read more
I am very happy to report the spending bill just approved by Congress includes an increase of $3 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The bill also includes a $9 million increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and a $1.5 million increase for the Woodrow Wilson Center. Read more
Analyzing data is, increasingly, part of many projects here at the GC, whether the research field is in the humanities, sciences, or social sciences. Methods and approaches are many and varied, and entering the field can be a challenge. So I am very pleased to announce that the Quantitative Research Consulting Center (QRCC) is now available on the Graduate Center website (here). Read more
In a recent essay in The Independent, Graduate Center Provost and Senior Vice President Joy Connolly makes the case that expertise — the kind that doctoral programs cultivate — is what the world needs right now. Read more
Efforts to convince Congress that taxing graduate tuition waivers will do irreparable harm to higher education and research in the US are showing signs of progress (House Republicans May Be Backing Away From Taxing Grad-Student Tuition Waivers). Read more
Concerned about the tax bill and its impact on higher education, especially Graduate students? Read this advice from the Humanities Alliance.
Also, Meghan Duffy at Dynamic Ecology has a useful, thoughtful blog post on the issue.
Wishing you all a successful end to the semester, Read more
With The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Fund, the GC can assist students who are facing short-term financial emergencies. Read more
President Robinson and Provost Connolly voiced serious concerns about the federal tax plan and its impact on our graduate students in letters to New York's Senators. Read their letter to Minority Leader Schumer below. A similar letter was sent to Senator Gillibrand. Read more