GCNYC Updates

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GCNYC Updates

Dear Community,

I have been mindful of the ways the virus has highlighted what is most important to us, such as ties to loved ones, and what we most need to address – social justice, climate sustainability, and universal healthcare. It is a propitious time to question our own habits of consumption and to disrupt related assumptions about consumerism and economic growth.

I therefore welcomed this short piece I read that champions ecological macroeconomics. Ecological economists challenge the prevailing notion that economic growth is the only path to prosperity. Instead, they make the case for reining in growth to protect the environment and believe it can be done without harmful recession.

Read about it here.


GCU Learn/Blackboard

All courses in Tri-B will be taught utilizing GCU Learn/Blackboard System. Blackboard is a virtual learning environment and learning management system that enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, online quizzes, and more. We ask that students log into Blackboard using the link below prior to the start of the term.

To access GCU Learn/Blackboard:
  1. Go to https://blackboard.gcal.ac.uk.
  2. Log in with your GCU username and password.
  3. Click “Courses” on the menu.
For GCULearn Support
  1. Go to https://blackboard.gcal.ac.uk
  2. Click “Institution Page.”
  3. Click “GCULearn Support Site” (last option to the right).
  4. From this page, choose “Student Help.”
  5. There is also an additional option below “Student Help,” which is “Quick Start for Blackboard Learn/Blackboard Help.” This option has more information on how to get started.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Kerri Quinn at Kerri.Quinn@gcu.ac.uk.


Academic Calendar

Please consult the Academic Calendar for more important dates and campus holidays.


GCNYC Academic Catalog

The 2020-21 GCYNC College Catalog is available to view on our website. Please find a link here. The Catalog informs students about your rights and responsibilities, and college policies critical to students’ success.


Late Registration 

Registration after the first week of classes requires the approval of the Vice President & Provost and may require the payment of a $50 late registration fee should the student be allowed to register.
  • If a student decides to drop a course, they must drop by 5 pm on Friday prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund.
  • To drop a course, students will need to complete the Drop/Add form. Please contact your academic advisor for it as well to discuss any questions you have.


Financial Aid

If you are currently registered for eight or more credits in Tri-B, or plan to take eight or more credits in Tri C, go to www.studentaid.gov to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA application. The new 2021-2022 FAFSA is also available for completion for any student who will be continuing after June 30, 2021.
If you have any questions, contact Lititia.Cooley@gcu.ac.uk.


Writing Assistance

We are pleased to offer writing assistance for students enrolled in GCNYC courses this term. Students may request individual writing consultations with Christine Farrugia and are eligible for up to 3 hours of tutoring over the course of the term. Topics addressed will vary depending on each student’s needs. Examples of topics covered include:

  • Planning and organizing your writing project
  • Writing strategies
  • Grammar and word usage
  • Writing concisely
  • Citation and attribution of sources
  • The revision process

Please note that the purpose of writing consultations is to provide individualized feedback on your writing project in order to build on your strengths and address any weaknesses in your writing. Proofreading and copy-editing services are not provided.

While this is open to all students, priority will be given to those writing their thesis projects in the fall. To schedule a consultation, email Christine directly at christine.farrugia@gcu.ac.uk.