CUE Conference
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Mark Taylor
Dr. Mark Taylor

Meet Generation NeXt: Understanding Today's Learners
Dr. Taylor holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Biology, a Masters degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Counseling, all from the University of Arkansas. He was most recently the Director of Guidance Services at Arkansas State University at Beebe where he was responsible for counseling, disability, career, testing, academic advising, orientation, housing/ residence life, student activities/ leadership, student success programming and other student services.  

Conference Program

Presentation Time 10:15am

Writing Across the Curriculum

Location: 3N-104
From First Year to Honors Seminar: A Revised Queens College Writing Curriculum
Moderator: Kevin Ferguson, Queens College
Panel Speakers: Andrea Walkden Queens College
Tracy Riley, Queens College
Honors Seminar Student, Queens College

Location: 3N-214
The Pursuit of Happiness in First Year Composition
Presenter: Irwin Leopando, LaGuardia Community College

This presentation explores the use of "happiness" as a course theme in first-year composition. Examining a deeply meaningful subject matter can leading to stronger engagement, improved learning outcomes, and the potential for personal transformation.

Ethnographies of Work: Teaching Students to Think About a Career Path
Presenters: Lori Ungemah, New Community College
Nicole Saint Louis, New Community College

How should students think about work in this economy? The course "Ethnography of Work" will have students investigate their future freshman year. The course learning objectives, plans, texts, and assignments will be presented here and suggestions are welcomed.

Engaged Learning

Location: 3N-215
The Humor in Information Literacy
Presenters: Bob Machalow, York College
Scott Sheidlower, York College

The use of information literacy is important to all undergraduates, and the use of humor enhances the experience.

Plagiarism as Learning: The Role of Patchwriting in Pedagogy
Moderator: Shereen Inayatulla, York College
Panel Speakers: Timothy Keogh, GC & York College Writing Fellow
Molly Pulda, GC & York College Writing Fellow
Ashley Williard, GC & York College Writing Fellow
Jonah Westerman, GC & York College Writing Fellow
Casey Hale, GC & York College Writing Fellow
Cathy Borck, GC& York College Writing Fellow

Using data from faculty surveys and the latest research, "Plagiarism as Learning" will discuss how to move beyond the realm of detection and punishment, or how to use sources, toward the realm of learning, or why to use sources.

Location: 5N-111
Relinquishing Learning to Students
Moderator: Josephine A. Pantaleo, Queensborough Community College
Panel Presenters: QCC Academic Service Learning Team

The presentation will address three questions:
How will service learning work in my discipline?
What kind of training and support is needed for integrating academic service learning in my course?
How can we assess the impact of academic service learning?


Location: 5N-215
No Non-Sense Approach to Assess and Improve Academic and Student Support Services
Presenter: Mosen Auryan, Hunter College

Following a brief introduction, Dr. Auryan will discuss and compare two interpretations of student learning outcomes applicable to the academic support services' organizations – restrictive vs. broad definition. While the former interpretation limits one's ability to conduct authentic evaluation, the latter opens up many possibilities to ask meaningful evaluation questions. Relying on the broader interpretation of student learning outcomes, Dr. Auryan will then introduce a segmentation paradigm for categorizing students based on their service delivery needs. Dr. Auryan will end the presentation by offering an easy-to-follow 2x2 table that summarizes evaluation mechanisms for each category of student service delivery needs.

Integrative Assignments: Assessment and Redesign
Presenters: Janine Graziano-King, Kingsborough Community College
Richard Fox, Kingsborough Community College
Marissa Schlesinger, Kingsborough Community College
Chris Calienes, Kingsborough Community College

This session offers a guided assessment of student work for integrative assignments using a decision tree designed for this purpose. We will end with a discussion of how participants might modify our process for use on their own campuses.

Online Teaching and Learning

Location: 5N-216
Launching a Successful Online Orientation to Enhance Retention
Presenter: Zeita-Marion Lobley, School of Professional Studies

A new orientation was developed to introduce the online learning environment and to increase retention using interactivity, humor, text and video. Initial evidence suggests it is successful. This presentation explores the benefits of an online orientation for all new students.

Growing Online and Hybrid Instruction at CUNY through a Foundational Faculty Development Workshop
Presenter: Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies

"Preparation for Teaching Online" is an online faculty development workshop offered by the School of Professional Studies to the CUNY-wide faculty. This presentation will describe and provide an explanation of the underlying principles and philosophy of this faculty development workshop.

College Readiness/Success

Location: 5N-102
CUNY's Acceleration Strategies
Moderator: Melinda Mack, CUNY Central
Panel Speakers: Karrin Wilks, University Dean Undergraduate ED
Donna Linderman , University Director for ASAP
Eric Hofmann, University Director Collaborative Prr
Daniel Voloch, Director for At Home in College

CUNY serves as an incubator for new models to accelerate student outcomes in reading, writing, and mathematics. This presentation will review the replicable aspects of four promising models, Immersion, ASAP, College Now, and At Home in College.

Location: 5N-216A
Defining College and Career Readiness Benchmarks
Presenters: Melinda Mack, CUNY Central
Andrea Soonachan, NYC Department of Education

The City University of New York, through Graduate NYC!, has worked closely with the NYC Department of Education to define the "College & Career Readiness" benchmarks for the academic preparation and soft skills a student needs for success in college.

Presentation Time 11:30am

Writing Across the Curriculum

Location: 3N-104
Challenges and Successes of Teaching Hybrid Writing-intensive Classes for First-year Students
Moderator: Gloria Gianoulis, College of Staten Island
Panel Speakers: Ashley Fotinatos, College of Staten Island
Joanne Cresci, College of Staten Island
Louise Levine, College of Staten Island

A panel discusses the challenges and successes of teaching hybrid writing-intensive classes for first-year students, including an evaluation of discussion boards, ePortfolios, eReaders and eTextbooks, etc., and logistical suggestions for planning a course.

Location: 3N-214
A Multidisciplinary Project about Alzheimer’s Disease: Transforming Inert-Knowledge into Knowledge in Use
Presenter: Nelson Nunez Rodriguez, Hostos College
Authors: Eunice Flemister and Angel Morales

This project integrated Theater, Gerontology and Science classes to foster global citizenship in an urban community college. Using the study of Alzheimer's disease as the vehicle, the students developed an understanding and appreciation of this multi-faceted and challenging community issue.

Engaged Learning

Location: 3N-215
Transformative Teaching: Getting Undergraduate Students Out of the Classroom, Bringing the World to Them
Presenter: Eugene Marlow, Baruch College

Undergraduate students in today's world need to deal with the realities of the outside world sooner rather than later. "Transformative Teaching" presents various pedagogical approaches for getting students out into the world and bringing the world into the classroom.

Using Brooklyn’s History to Enhance the First Year Experience of City Tech’s Students
Moderator: Barbara Smith Mishara, NYC College of Technology
Panel Speakers: Jody Rosen, NYC College of Technology
Peter Catapano, NYC College of Technology

This presentation considers how the first year experience is enhanced in an historic setting by the use of archival materials and discusses the development of the core skills of writing, information literacy, collaboration and critical thinking.

Location: 5N-111
Reflective Practices for Improving Student Learning of Physics
Presenter: Wenli Guo, Queensborough Community College

Various reflection activities have been implemented in QCC Conceptual Physics and Calculus Physics I courses. They showed positive impact on student learning of physics and helped greatly with retention rate.

Creating a Pathway to Excellence in Undergraduate Education
Moderator: June D. Bobb, Queens College
Panel Speakers: Eva Fernandez, Queens College
Laura Silverman, Queens College

This panel shares ways that CUE at Queens College brings together programs engaged in the integration of pedagogy and practice. It demonstrates the College's conviction that engaged pedagogies are central to engaged learning, and positively influences retention and graduation.


Location: 5N-215
Determining Causality in Evaluations of High Impact Interventions
Presenters: Jane Delgado, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Michael Gillespie, Borough of Manhattan Community College

In a rigorous evaluation, a Paired Learning Communities program was assessed with qualitative and quantitative indicators. Quantitative results were compared before and after a propensity score matching process was done on the overall group. Significantly different outcomes were observed.

Using Logic Models to Understand, Plan, and Assess First College Year Programs
Presenters: Michael J. Anderson, Brooklyn College
Niesha Ziehmke, Brooklyn College

A case study presentation that shows how single and "nested" logic models are being used to help improve, understand, and assess Brooklyn College's First College Year (FCY) program and its components, which include learning communities.

Faculty Development

Location: 5N-216
The Stickiness of Thought: Exploring Cognitive Science, Pedagogy, and Collegiality at Lehman College
Presenter: Gina Rae Foster, Lehman College

Lehman's innovative hybrid seminar for new faculty, "Why Don't Students Like School?" expands faculty awareness and expertise in cognitive science-based pedagogies while providing opportunities for new faculty to share and improve their own pedagogical practices with peers across disciplines.

Implementing the ASCE Exceed Model to Form Effective Teachers
Presenter: Melanie Villatoro, NYC College of Technology

The ASCE EXCEED Teaching Model greatly improved my style of teaching; I would like to share my success stories as well as the bumps in the road through my implementation of the model in my courses at Citytech.

College Readiness/Success

Location: 5N-102
Effects of Service Learning on Development Students at an Urban Community College

Regina Rochford, Kingsborough Community College

To determine impact of service learning (SL) on developmental reading and writing students, statistical analyses were performed, and they demonstrated that SL participants exhibited significantly higher GPAs, improved rates of retention, and the completion of more college credits.

Leadership Panel

Location: 5N-216A
Pathways and the First Year Experience
Moderator: William Fritz, College of Staten Island
Panel Speakers: José Luis Morín, New Community College
Sadie Bragg, Borough of Manhattan Community College
James R. Stellar, Queens College
Vita C. Rabinowitz, Hunter College

This panel will explore the opportunities presented by Pathways to enhance the First-Year Experience and beyond.

12:30 Luncheon

Location: 1C-Green Dolphin Lounge
Meet Generation NeXt:
Understanding, Teaching and Serving Today's Students

Mark Taylor, Plenary Speaker

Today's young people have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with teaching, serving and supervising them through their university xperience. They were, and are being, raised in very different social environments and have had very different formative experiences than any previous generation. Their issues with academic preparation, responsibility and self-esteem, consumer expectations, use of technology and styles of interacting can impact, and interfere with, their learning, persistence and academic success t school, and workplace readiness and success. This program will help faculty and staff understand the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to college, how these characteristics impact learning, persistence and success, and how we can best help our students reach their educational and personal goals.

Presentation Time 2:15pm

Millennial Learners

Location 3N-104
Methods and Techniques for Today's Learners

Mark Taylor, Conference Guest Speaker

This is a follow-up session to the plenary. This active session describes, illustrates and allows participants to experience and make plans to apply concrete and immediately useful methods to increase student engagement, activity, responsibility for their own learning, and personal ownership of class goals and desired outcomes.

Engaged Learning

Location: 3N-215
Business and Arts in Harmony
Presenters: Tara Jean Hickman, LaGuardia Community College
Rajendra Bhika, LaGuardia Community College
Andrea Francis, LaGuardia Community College

Business and Technology professors, students, the La Guardia and Wagner Archives, and Steinway & Sons worked with company records. The project culminated in a concert held before Steinway & Sons president and the college community.

Avoiding Intercultural Miscommunication in the Classroom
Presenter: Meg Tarafdar, Queensborough Community College

Would you like to explore some strategies for effective intercultural communication in the classroom? Presenter will share tips for avoiding seven types of miscommunication in order to create a culturally responsive pedagogy for CUNY's culturally and linguistically diverse student population.

Location: 5N-111
General Education in Practice in “A Living Laboratory”
Moderator: Maura A. Smale, New York City College of Technology
Panel Speakers: Karen Goodland, New York City College of Technology
Anne Leonard, New York City College of Technology
Jody Rosen, New York City College of Technology
Charlie Edwards, New York College of Technology

City Tech is engaged in "A Living Laboratory: Redesigning General Education for a 21st Century College of Technology." The presenters will discuss the project, centered on the college and Brooklyn waterfront as a living laboratory, highlighting our implementation of high-impact pedagogies/technologies.

Note Taking Will Never be a Nuisance!
Presenter: Sherese Mitchell, Hostos Community College

Do your students complain about taking endless notes and are unfocused as a result? Come and learn a useful strategy to promote student engagement and more time for discussion in your lectures.

College Readiness/Success

Location: 3N-214
The CUNY/ NYCDOE Partnership for College Readiness and Success: Graduate NYC!
Presenters: Karrin Wilks, Graduate Center, University Dean Undergraduate ED
Eric Hofmann, Graduate Center, University Director Collaborative Prr

This session will focus on two projects developed under Graduate NYC!: The launch of the Curriculum Alignment initiative and the development of an early academic intervention for high school students modeled after the California EAP.

Location: 5N-102
Developing Cross-Disciplinary Competencies through College Algebra
Presenters: Reem Jaafar, LaGuardia Community College
Yelena Baishanski, LaGuardia Community College

We show how inquiry projects incorporating cross-curricular skills in a College Algebra course can improve outcomes in gateway STEM courses, affecting students' mastery of specific quantitative skills, civic awareness and sense of relevance of mathematical study.

Navigating Through College to Success
Presenter: Allana Burke, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Allana Hankey-Thomas, Borough of Manhattan Community College

This interactive session will provide an overview of a student development based approach used to increase the persistence and retention rate among first-year students enrolled in remedial courses.

Retention Strategies

Location: 5N-215
Academic Evolution and Revolution: The Progressive Movement of Students from Associate to Baccalaureate Degrees
Presenters: Suzy Shepardson, College of Staten Island
Mario D'Alessandro, College of Staten Island

CSI's baccalaureate conversion project, in conjunction with the Office of Academic Advisement's services and campus-wide collaborations, has contributed to improved student service, student profile, persistence, and degree attainment.

What Impacts Student Success at an Urban Community College?
Presenter: Margot Edlin, Queensborough Community College

This presentation will discuss the implications of a study done to ascertain the role that motivation, persistence, self-efficacy and self-regulated learning efficacy have on academic achievement.

Location: 5N-216
Cardinal Pulse: Connecting First-Year Students to the College Community through Technology
Presenter: Fenix Arias, York College

Cardinal Pulse connects faculty and students with York College's support services. Focused on retention efforts, faculty recommends students for research and scholarships. Students in need of early intervention are able to receive one-on-one dedicated attention through an Action Plan.

Finish in Four: John Jay College's Pilot to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates, and Improve Academic Advisement
Presenters: Cassandra Evans, John Jay College
Bridget Sledz, John Jay College

Students who complete 30 credits in their first year are more likely to be retained and graduate. John Jay's "Finish in Four" pilot follows a cohort of 501 freshman to help them attain this goal.


Location: 5N-216A
Using Free Software to Improve Educational Outcomes
Presenter: Evan Misshula, John Jay College

Free software is a proven, effective way to provide online services and content. CUNY, whose mission is to provide high quality education at a reasonable price for NYC's residents should lead both the usage and development of these tools.

Building and Supporting a Media-Rich Learning Environment at Baruch College
Moderator: Mikhail Gershovich, Baruch College
Panel Speakers: Luke Waltzer, Baruch College
Thomas Harbison, Baruch College
Suzanne Epstein, Baruch College

This panel will present innovative open-source educational technology projects at Baruch. It will discuss their integration into the curriculum and how they empower users to take control over the content they produce and foster creativity and innovation in pedagogy.

Presentation Time 3:30pm

Writing Across the Curriculum

Location: 3N-104
Making Connections between Ecological Processes, our Egos and Our Oikos
Presenters: Elyse Zucker, Hostos Community College
Julie Trachman, Hostos Community College

We will be presenting on a project which brings together the disciplines of English and Environmental science (Ecology) in an English Expository Writing class. This enables students to immerse themselves in ecological concepts in more humanistic and personally relatable ways.

Writing as Thinking within the Introductory Art History Classroom
Presenter: Aaron Slodounik, Queensborough Community College

Community college undergraduates are capable of insightful analytical writing. This session presents the successes and challenges of using Bard College's Institute for Writing and Thinking methodology within a writing-intensive community college Art History classroom.

Undergraduate Research

Location: 5N-111
Undergraduate Student Research at a Minority Serving Community College
Moderator: Nidhi Gadura, Queensborough Community College
Panel Speakers: Paris Svoronos, Queensborough Community College
Paul Marchese, Queensborough Community College

In this session, facilitators will describe the efforts by faculty to institutionalize undergraduate student research at Queensborough. Participants will learn about impediments to such efforts, how to secure funding and to engage students in research, inside and outside the classroom.

Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Initiatives at New York City College of Technology
Moderator: Marie Montes-Matias, NYC College of Technology
Panel Speakers: Diana Samaroo, NYC College of Technology
Ralph Alcendor, NYC College of Technology
Elaine Leinung, NYC College of Technology
Jody Rosen, NYC College of Technology
Justin Davis, NYC College of Technology

City Tech is currently involved in initiatives to develop effective faculty-student mentoring programs to foster research experiences to its student body. It aims to provide students the opportunity to link the concepts learned in the classroom to real world applications.

Engaged Learning

Location: 3N-215
Inter-Collegiate Academic Competitions as Educational Devices and as a Means of Student Engagement: Lessons to Be Learned From the Mock Trial
Moderator: Ted Rosen, Queensborough Community College
Panel Speakers: Kelly Ford, Queensborouh Community College
Stephen Hammel, Queensborough Community College
Leslie Francis, Queensborough Community College

This will be a discussion of lessons learned about the value of inter-collegiate academic competitions, such as mock trial, as educational devices and as a means of student engagement. The challenges and rewards of such competitions will be reviewed.

Active Learning in a Large Classroom
Presenter: Paul Alois, Graduate Center

Paul Alois presents a specific protocol for active learning in large classrooms, based on his own successful experiences. His protocol will work with large classes in a variety of disciples, but mainly the social sciences, history, and the humanities.

Location: 3N-214
Framing Teaching Research Questions through Class Inter-Visitation
Presenter: Nelson Nunez Rodriguez, Hostos College
Authors: Nelson Nunez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Disanto, Clarence Robertson, Isabel Feliz and Angel Morales

An inter-visitation among faculty from disciplines allows them to identify teaching research questions and define ways to embed global citizenship in the curriculum. This sharing practice also sheds light on assessment methods to evaluate common learning outcomes.


Location: 5N-215
Enhancing the First-Year Experience via the Use of ePortfolio within Student Affairs
Moderator: Jannette Urciuoli, Queensborough Community College
Panel Speakers: Brian Kerr, Queensborough Community College
Susan Curtis, Queensborough Community College

To create a seamless transition for students' first year at QCC, Directors from three offices will discuss their plan on how they will use ePortfolio in assisting students. One Director will share the experience of incorporating ePortfolio with their students.

Retention Strategies

Location: 5N-216
Faculty Diversity Development at CUNY: A Framework to Enhance Black Student Success
Presenters: Trina Lynn Yearwood, Brooklyn College
Eugena K. Griffin, Brooklyn College

CUNY's Master Plan lists improving teaching and learning as intended outcomes; the student-faculty relationship, however, must be addressed. To enhance the overall success of Black students at CUNY, we propose a three-part faculty diversity development framework to improve student-faculty relationships.

Hostos Center for Teaching and Learning on Tour: Sharing and Passing on Effective Strategies for Retention
Presenter: Nelson Nunez Rodriguez, Hostos Community College

Hostos Center for Teaching and Learning has re-made itself into a flexible entity (no longer a "place") touring through college departments. Its goal is to generate research, attitudes, and actions that foster common understandings, shared mission, and student success.

College Readiness/Success

Location: 5N-102
Understanding First-Year Students: A Preliminary Investigation of College Success Factors
Presenter: John Dobosiewicz, Kean University

Results from the College Success Factors Index are used to understand first year, first generation college students and develop a more comprehensive first year experience. Eight factors will be discussed, including Competition and Task Precision.

Increasing Student Retention and Graduation: ASAP Comprehensive Supports and Assessment
Presenters: Daniela Boykin, Graduate Center
Alex Tavares, Graduate Center

CUNY ASAP improves graduation rates by providing comprehensive supports to community college students. This presentation will highlight ASAP's program design and systems for monitoring student engagement and progress to implement focused and informed efforts.

Location: 5N-216A
Promoting Success Through Innovative Approaches in Math Immersion Workshops
Moderator: Linda Sharib, College of Staten Island
Panel Speakers: Chrisanthi Anastopoulou, College of Staten Island
Koby Kohulan, College of Staten Island
Jason Turetsky, College of Staten Island

This session will discuss CSI's innovative approach in redesigning its Math Immersion Program to effectively remediate the increased number of students entering the College requiring developmental math instruction as evidenced by the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics outcomes.

Image as Text: A Unique Model for Teaching English Language Learners
Moderator: Margot Edlin, Queensborough Community College
Panel Speakers: Kitty Bateman, Queensborough Community College
Patricia Lannesh, Queensborough Community College

This presentation will demonstrate a unique pedagogy and curriculum that utilizes images as text to improve the language Skills of ESL learners. This innovative curriculum also partners with art museums so that they too can become spaces for learning.


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