Conference Themes

This year's CUE conference—Engaging for Impact: CUNY as a Catalyst for Change—asks what instructional strategies;research and co-curricular experiences;internal and external collaborations;new technological tools, new classroom platforms, and blended learning opportunities are CUNY colleges currently employing and developing to prepare its students for their futures?

Proposals are invited that address this question in any one of the following general categories or bulleted tracks:


Innovations in instruction, whether in curricula, instructional strategies, computer applications ("apps"), or social media platforms for learning, are a significant catalyst for change in undergraduate education. How are these innovations received by the college and greater communities? How do we know that they are effective? What makes these innovations sustainable, measurable, and scalable?

  • Teaching Undergraduates in the 21st Century
  • Blended Learning Opportunities: New Technological Tools, New Classroom Platforms (Digital CUNY)
  • The First-Year, Sophomore, and Transfer Experiences


Interdisciplinary, institutional, cross-campus, and external partnerships not only enhance undergraduate education but also serve as vehicles for academic and social change. Are these efforts preparing the next generation of scholars, citizens, and new change leaders? How are CUNY colleges deepening their partnerships with the New York City schools, in the private sector, and across the globe? What makes these collaborations sustainable, measurable, and scalable?

  • STEAM: The Integration of the Arts into the STEM Movement
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborations Across Campus and the CUNY System
  • External Partnerships with Public and Private Organizations and Institutions


Through experiential learning opportunities—internships, research, service learning, study abroad, public service, and field experiences—undergraduate students prepare for their futures. How are the disciplines integrating such learning into their curricula, traditional and virtual classes, laboratories, studios, libraries, and communal spaces? How are the colleges facilitating and supporting social activism, service learning, and professional entrepreneurship? What makes these activities sustainable, measurable, and scalable?

  • Project-based Learning: Internships, Service Learning, Undergraduate Research
  • Entrepreneurship: Start-ups, Social Impact Ventures, and Serendipitous Opportunities
  • Global CUNY: Curricula, Study Abroad, and International Partnerships