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CUNY BA students need more recognition and opportunities

CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies is a unique program in which students can design their own niche area of study. It is a program that not many students are aware of and is holistically underappreciated to a certain degree. 

CUNY BA students have access to all the senior CUNY schools through e-permit as well as faculty mentors that aid in the process of applying an original curriculum to potential careers in the workforce. Not to mention, the CUNY BA office, located at The Graduate Center/CUNY on 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6412, have advisors always available for support, resources and guidance. However, CUNY needs to recognize the importance and relevance of the program and provide more resources and opportunities for CUNY BA students. 

Some of the most prevalent issues are conflicts with CUNYfirst, the transferring of prerequisites and fluidity. In CUNYfirst, the CUNY BA credits do not always show up by name under course history. This becomes an issue when the registrar or the study abroad office needs to access the list. Registration is known to be fairly complicated for CUNY BA students especially if they are planning to take a class on e-permit which is a common decision for most of these students. 

The lack of shared information and an accessible central transcript creates a problem for registration since the schools cannot access the course history or transcript on CUNYfirst. It is up to the student to follow-up with the respective office to provide the necessary information and paperwork which is a service that should be attainable on CUNYfirst.

Additionally, the different departments among the CUNY schools do not always recognize the prerequisites from a fellow CUNY which creates a tedious process for a CUNY BA student when they constantly have to either prove their course history or take the course elsewhere. 

The lack of improvement in the fluidity of CUNY has unnecessarily limited students such as those within CUNY BA to maximize on potential educational opportunities. CUNY BA is a necessary program for the students who do not fit into the mainstream educational curriculum and with more deliberation the overall value of CUNY would essentially increase.

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    MariaNov 1, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    This is well put. CUNYBA is a great program. But the complications of registering for classes makes it unattractive.