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Giardino Urges Full SEEK Program

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Giardino Urges Full SEEK Program

Description

Article published in the New York Times outlining budgetary issues in SEEK funding.

Subject

Board of Higher Education of the City of New York
New York (N.Y.)
City University of New York
Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK)

Creator

Cummings, Judith

Source

SEEKCollection

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1975-05-20

Date Created

2014-06-25

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254 KB

Language

English

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Text

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New York (N.Y.)

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Giardino Urges Full SEEK Program
By Judith Cummings
The Board of Higher Education persisted yesterday in its attempts to placate SEEK students angered by proposed major cuts in their program next year.
At the same time the board continued to place pressure on the city to reduce planned cutbacks in the City University budget as a whole.
The board's chairman, Alfred A. Giardino, responding to student demands made during a two-day sit-in at the board's office at 535 East 80th Street last week, held a news conference to "reaffirm" its support for retention of all SEEK services to students.
At the same time Mr. Giardino moved to shift away from the board anticipated criticism for expected cuts in the university's 1975-1976 programs.
"we will not know about any programs until we get the budge from the city," he told the gathering, which included leaders of of the recent weeks' student protest demonstrations and Robert Young, university dean for special programs, including SEEK.
Mayor Beame last month proposed trimming $6.6 million from SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge)spending for educationally and economically disadvantaged students as part of a $69.7 million reduction in the university budget. He recommended that the SEEK savings be realized by deletion of remedial and other supportive services and retention only of stipends to students.
In recent days, however, the mayor has said his SEEK proposals need not be followed so long as the total budget savings are achieved. Debra Frazer of Hunter College, a student spokesman at the session, said the board's statement constituted a stronger "commitment" than in the past she added:
"After the budget is received we're going to put pressure on Giardino to see whether he will then cut SEEK or not."
In another development, a Board spokesman said yesterday that a "temporary freeze" on new appointments, reappointments, or promotions at the university would affect about 600 jobs across the board, "from administrative vice president down to graduate fellows."
The freeze, which was termed a "drastic action" when it was announced by the board last week, is to continue until next year's budget is received.
In the SEEK controversy, Miss Frazer said the question of whether to continue protest demonstrations would be put before the students' citywide organizing committee.

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Newspaper clipping

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Cummings, Judith, “Giardino Urges Full SEEK Program,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 17, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/295.

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