Computer Science Discipline Council
Fall Meeting
October 13, 2023, 9:00 am - noon

09:00 - 09:15 AM

Ted Brown, Introduction

09:15 - 09:30 AM

Joshua Brumberg, Interim President of the Graduate Center

09:30 - 10:00 AM

Judith Ann Spitz, Break Through Tech Founder and Executive Director

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Alicia Alvero, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost

Updates to CUNY's Transfer Initiative as it relates to the Computer Science major. Computer Science faculty across all colleges that offer an AS/BS in Computer Science did a lot of work on the initiative in Spring 2023 and will be continuing this Fall semester. Followed by Q&A.

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Christopher Vickery, Emeritus, Computer Science at Queens College

T-Rex,  a CUNY app for transfer courses between colleges

In 2017, Executive Vice Chancellor Rabinowitz sent out a call for academic departments across CUNY to review the rules for how courses transfer from one institution to any other.

At that point I, with help from Vivek and Chris Buonocore, started developing a “transfer app” to facilitate that process at Queens. The original project still runs at Queens, but the locus now is at Lehman College (where Chris Buonocore is Director of Student Success Initiatives), and “T-Rex” has become an official University resource for everyone interested in how courses transfer.

An exciting feature of T-Rex is that it covers not only the 1.6 million course-to-course equivalencies at CUNY, but also shows how those courses apply to program requirements at all colleges. I’ll talk mostly about the fascinating world of Degree Works requirement blocks, and what’s involved in extracting program requirements from them for T-Rex to use.

11:00 - 11:30 PM

Megan Giordan, Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University

I will provide an overview of the Center for Inclusive Computing and share their learnings from working with 23 universities on interventions that increase retention and attraction of students in historically marginalized populations and from working with 58 universities on intersectional data collection and analysis. Five CUNY schools currently participate in the CIC’s data collection program. I will showcase our resources and let you know how you can participate!