*Update on the House tax proposal*
The proposed federal tax plan has serious implications for our student community. As proposed, there would be federal taxes on tuition waivers, which would create a financial burden on graduate students here at the GC and across the country. The proposal also includes measures that would saddle college undergraduates with even heavier debt.
Higher education councils and university presidents are speaking out. I will update you on relevant CUNY activity — and I know some programs here at the GC are already responding. For now, I share the following points and links from Suzanne Ortega, the President of the Council of Graduate Schools.
1. Educate your colleagues, and your federal and state policymakers, about the broad impacts of the proposed tax reforms on students and universities. CGS has collaborated with ACE and other higher education associations on this succinct information page[cgsnet.org] on Tax Reform and Higher Education.
2. Make these impacts more concrete by sharing CGS’s resource on Tax Reform Examples[cgsnet.org], which describes how tax liabilities would impact individual students in a variety of situations.
3. Encourage graduate students to join you in your advocacy efforts. Support them as they explain in their own words how changes in the tax code would affect them and their families.
4. Consider using examples from CGS’s GradImpact Gallery[cgsnet.org] to explain how graduate education improves the lives of all Americans, not just graduate degree holders. Consider submitting your own story to CGS if you have not already done so.
5. Work with your government relations representative so that they have the information they need to make the case for graduate students and graduate education. If your institution is compiling infographics and/or resources, please send them to us to use through the CGS social media channels. (Example[cgsnet.org])
From the Provost - Archive
Joy Connolly is the Provost and Senior Vice President at the Graduate Center. As the institution’s chief academic officer, she ensures the quality and performance of all degree-granting programs. Her current priorities include opening up the Graduate Center to larger numbers of the public, including masters students, who seek access to the GC’s intellectual strengths; developing creative non-degree programs; strengthening global partnerships; lifting the GC’s distinctive public-facing profile; and fostering innovation and experimentation in graduate education.
Before joining the Graduate Center in August 2016, Connolly was the Dean for the Humanities and Professor of Classics at New York University, where she was responsible for about 400 faculty in close to 30 departments, programs, centers, and institutes. Previously, as the Director of NYU’s College Core Curriculum, she put in place a post-doctoral program that featured workshops for graduate students on pedagogy and practical preparation for the job market. Earlier in her career, she taught at the University of Washington and at Stanford.
Connolly’s research focuses on Roman ideas about aesthetics, communication, ethics and political action, particularly as they relate to the 18th century and the contemporary world. Her first book, The State of Speech (Princeton, 2007), examined the role of communication in Roman ideals of citizenship. The Life of Roman Republicanism (Princeton, 2014) analyzed key themes in Roman thought: freedom, recognition, antagonism, self-knowledge, irony, and imagination. Connolly is also the author of Going on the Market, a handbook available on line that helps students navigate graduate school as well as the job-application and post-doctoral fellowship processes. Along with scholarly articles and book chapters, she has written reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, The Nation and The New York Times Book Review.
Connolly earned her AB from Princeton University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She first studied classical literature and culture at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, and is a member of the School’s board of trustees.
Phone: (212) 817-7229
Reporting to the Provost and serving as deputy, the Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs assists in supervising a variety of administrative and fiscal areas, including all doctoral and master’s programs, interdisciplinary studies, the certificate programs, students’ professional development, the Graduate Assistant Programs, annual dissertation awards competition, oversight of the CUNY Performance Management Process (PMP) annual reports for GC goals and outcomes, and the Language Reading Program. The Associate Provost and Dean for Academic affairs also plays a key leadership role in the Humanities, Social Science and Science Discipline clusters, and is a significant partner in the implementation of the Graduate Center’s Strategic Plan.
Phone: (212) 817-7205
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean for the Sciences oversees all of the science doctoral programs (including the health science programs). The Dean for the Sciences also monitors admissions and the 5-year student fellowship packages offered by the joint doctoral degree programs in the bench sciences, and plays a leadership role in the Science Discipline cluster.
Phone: (212) 817-7215
Associate Director for Academic Operations
Dean for the Sciences
Provost and Senior Vice President
CUNY Administrative Assistant
Director of Graduate Assistant Programs/
Special Assistant to the
Associate Provost and Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences
CUNY Administrative Assistant
Fish, Barbara L.
Director of Faculty Administration and Academic Information Systems
Gayle, Tamra L.
Administrative Executive Coordinator
CUNY Office Assistant
Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Maldonado, Rosa A.
Academic Operations Specialist
Assistant to the Provost
Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Director of Student Research Fellowships
Executive Director of Academic Affairs
Assistant Director of Faculty Administration and Academic Information Systems