Crain’s Op-Ed: “To Reduce Inequality, Reinvest in CUNY”

In an important op-ed, three Distinguished Professors at the Graduate Center, CUNY make the case for adding, not cutting, state funding for City University of New York:

In recent years, growing enrollment in the face of diminished state support, even at a time when the state’s finances are strong, has forced CUNY to drop courses, lay off part-time faculty members and cut money from student services. It has also deferred maintenance of aging facilities and delayed modernizing laboratories, a handicap for our science and technology students. CUNY is now a system overly reliant on underpaid, dedicated adjunct labor. The cost-cutting forces some students to delay graduation, a predictor of dropout, and saps faculty morale. 

—Meena Alexander, Michelle Fine and Nicholas Freudenberg are Distinguished Professors of English, Psychology, and Public Health, respectively, at the City University of New York

Read the full op-ed on to learn more about why increased public funding is essential to reducing inequality in NYC.