Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

CUNY Faculty Complain to OCR about 'Discriminatory' Remedial Policy

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

CUNY Faculty Complain to OCR about 'Discriminatory' Remedial Policy

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NEW YORK- Some City University of New York professors, saying the CUNY's new remediation policy is racially discriminatory, filed a federal challenge late last month.

In a highly controversial move, CUNY, the nation's largest urban college and university system, earlier this year banned remedial education at its 11 senior institutions and relegated that task to its six community colleges.

Critics, who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR), contend the new policy effectively bars students who need remedial work from bachelor's degree programs.

OCR officials are evaluating the complaint to determine if they have jurisdiction - a process that should take about two weeks. If it is determined that the complaint falls within its purview, the office will open a formal investigation.

Jay Hershenson, vice chancellor for university relations, says system officials had not been notified of the complaint by late last month. …

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