Archinect - News 2014-10-31T04:06:58-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/100587807/lawsuit-filed-over-cooper-union-tuition Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition Archinect 2014-05-28T18:57:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T18:04:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23ebc58326677872a251d28f64e0c286.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slightly more than a year after the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art announced its plan to charge tuition, a group of professors, admitted students and alumni filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday against the school's board of trustees. The plaintiffs' aim: to stop the school from introducing tuition next fall and to prompt a court investigation into how the board has managed school finances.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97717344/applications-to-cooper-union-stumble-in-wake-of-decision-to-charge-tuition Applications to Cooper Union stumble in wake of decision to charge tuition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-10T17:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T21:14:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36oisajfp7snr1iu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Cooper Union], which announced last April that it would charge undergraduate students tuition for the first time, released figures on Friday that showed overall applications were down this year by just over 20 percent. [...] The new figures indicate that the admission rate nearly doubled, from 7.7 percent last year to 14.4 percent this year, which still places Cooper Union among the most selective schools in the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The freshmen class of Fall 2014 will be the first in Cooper Union's history to pay tuition. It remains to be seen whether Cooper Union's reputation overtime will falter, as quality considerations are matched against tuition rates and student debt, and students are given fewer options to pursue affordable education.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90935135/cooper-union-board-votes-for-tuition-to-begin-fall-2014 Cooper Union board votes for tuition to begin Fall 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T21:03:00-05:00 >2014-01-11T20:33:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g2/g2lgv6ltxe4d0tkv.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Working Group plan puts forward a number of recommendations that are worth pursuing under any financial model. However, we believe that the contingencies and risks inherent in the proposals are too great to supplant the need for new revenue sources. Regrettably, tuition remains the only realistic source of new revenue in the near future.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Below is the entire email announcing the Cooper Union's decision to start charging tuition this fall, breaking the school's 153-year tradition.</p> <p> Catch-up on the history behind the controversial move, explained in Archinect's 13 top issues of 2013: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89234233/archinect-s-top-13-architectural-issues-for-13" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#5: Free Cooper Union</a></p> <p> To: The Cooper Union Community<br> From: Richard S. Lincer<br> Date: January 10, 2014<br> Subject: Working Group Report</p> <p> In late June 2013, an ambitious plan took shape to provide an alternative to a tuition-based financial plan for The Cooper Union. Authored by trustees, faculty, staff and alumni, this alternative came to be known as the &ldquo;Working Group Report.&rdquo; In December, the board began a rigorous review of the assumptions underlying the financial plan that had been adopted by the board in April 2013, and studied in depth the specific recommendations of the Working Group.</p> <p> This review was conducted by everyone on the Board of Trustees with the assistance of the Huron Group, The Cooper Union&rsquo;s financial consultants. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84212349/free-cooper-remixes-banksy-confessional Free Cooper Remixes Banksy Confessional Archinect 2013-10-15T12:23:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T12:23:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e842298624cc5933250ede0577d2587.jpg" width="514" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the latest in their inventive visual mockery of Cooper Union president and unalloyed economic realist Jamshed Bharucha, the student activists of Free Cooper Union satirically reconfigured a Banksy work that popped up near the school&rsquo;s campus over the weekend.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77228132/cooper-union-and-former-occupiers-reach-an-agreement Cooper Union and former occupiers reach an agreement Archinect 2013-07-16T19:03:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/th/thb0q2bal0r6xojr.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> We have received news that the administration, Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union and those who have occupied the Office of the President since May have reached an agreement that ended the occupation on Friday, July 12. A "working group", as described in more detail below, consisting of Board, faculty, alumni, students and administration representatives, will be established to seek an alternative to tuition that will "sustain the institution&rsquo;s long-term financial viability and strengthen its academic excellence".</p> <p> The working group will report to the administration and Board of Trustees for consideration at the December Board of Trustees Meeting.</p> <p> The Board also confirmed, in accordance with the motion approved at the June Board meeting, that procedures for student representation on the Board will be established at the September meeting.</p> <p> An interim room has been identified as a Community Commons that can serve as a student center or a community center for all members of the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77165422/editor-s-picks-324 Editor's Picks #324 Nam Henderson 2013-07-16T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-07-16T18:48:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gcvrt3emf60l310j.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> The LA Times reported that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76646781/big-trouble-for-little-chinatown-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a Rancho Cucamonga structure described as one of the last surviving examples of Chinese worker housing in the region has been selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places</a>.<br><br> Archinector <a href="http://archinect.com/chris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Sison</a>&nbsp;wrote "<em>No, the Chinatown House is not a restaurant at Victoria Gardens Shopping Center. Yes, Chinese immigrants made it to Rancho Cucamonga long before Ice Cube and cousin Day-Day ever did. Unbeknownst to most local residents, Rancho Cucamonga once housed a significant Chinese immigrant population that was vital to developing the agricultural economy of the Cucamonga Valley...Advocates hope that attention from the National Trust designation will gather supporters and hopefully attract grant money for the rehabilitation of the building. The Chinatown House Preservation Coalition and other local advocates hope to save the structure and turn it into an educational space that ...</em></p>