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For anyone interested in reactions to Mayor Giuliani's call to end
open admissions:

The New York Times reports today that the Board of Trustees is
divided but that many members, including the Republican-appointed
chair, say that they do not want to end open admissions altogether.
They admit that they are not ready to give up on the students and
that there would be a great social cost in doing so.  Instead,
they reiterated their support for "higher standards."  The paper
judges that it is unlikely that the mayor's proposal will win
a majority.  But if it did, CUNY would be the only community college
system in the country to abandon actual or virtual open admissions.

The Democratic-dominated Assembly's Higher Ed. Committee
has called a hearing on Jan. 29 on CUNY's future, so the discussion
will undoubtedly continue.  In the past, this committee has
opposed Gov. Pataki's budget cuts to CUNY and SUNY (the last
batch of which were overridden).

Annette Gourgey
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