CUNY Academic Commons & Open CUNY

The CUNY Academic Commons
The Academic Commons of The City University of New York is designed to support faculty initiatives and build community through the use(s) of technology in teaching and learning. The free exchange of knowledge among colleagues across the university is central to better educating the student body and expanding professional development opportunities for faculty research and teaching. Creating networks and support systems that are enabled by easy access to quality digital resources will nurture faculty development through sharing replicable materials and best practices. The Academic Commons is expected to grow in a flexible manner, taking into account the changing dynamics of political, social, cultural, and technological environments affecting the university. This evolving community will help prepare The City University of New York for the current and future educational challenges it faces.


OpenCUNY was formed in early 2008 to provide student organized, open-source, social media for the CUNY Graduate Center community. In 2009, OpenCUNY was ratified as a medium of the Doctoral and Graduate Students' Council  to recognize the on-going interest of GC students in free and open-source digital media and to advocate on behalf of their interest within the CUNY-wide technological environment (see DGSC Bylaw 4.3). OpenCUNY has a staff of two Coordinators who oversee day-to-day operations and annually elects four of its participants to serve on an OpenCUNY Committee. Together, the Coordinators and the OpenCUNY Committee develop a Terms of Participation that defines’s governance policy.