Thursday, January 8, 2009

Procrastination Pays!

Finally, some good news from behemoth Baruch. In today’s mail, I received the following letter:
December 2008

Dear students:

As all of you are aware, the School of Public Affairs has had, as part of the curriculum, a Computer Competency Requirement. In the past, students have completed this requirement by either successfully passing a timed exam, or by registering for the PAF 8000 workshop.

Due to increasing demand by students that the requirement be revised, the issue was brought to the School of Public Affairs Curriculum Committee, and was later voted on by the faculty of the School of Public Affairs. It was decided that the existing Computer Competency Requirement will be eliminated effective immediately. Students with a graduation date of February 2009 or later
will no longer need to have satisfied the requirement in order to graduate.

The Registrar’s Office has also been made aware of this change. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at


Jonathan Engel
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs
School of Public Affairs
Baruch College, CUNY
To those of you who know me well, it will, I know, come as somewhat of a shock to learn that although I am one-third of the way through the master’s program, I had not yet taken the Computer Competency timed exam nor registered for the PAF 8000 workshop. And so it is that I have learned (finally!) from firsthand experience that sometimes—not often, but sometimes—procrastination pays!


  1. It's a good thing I was sitting down.

  2. I cannot believe that I actually did something before you did!!! But, alas - I would have had to take it a 2nd time, so I'm enormously relieved that the silly requirement is now abolished.

    Finally, a step in the right direction at CUNY.