Links regarding David Petraeus's offer from CUNY to teach a course for $200,000. (Or, maybe, now $150,000. Who knows.)
Gawker has a lot of info.
A letter from a New York Assembyman to CUNY.
Money has some nice info.
Even the Chronicle of Higher Education weighs in.
Here's an interesting question for discussion and debate. CUNY apparently is offering that this is OK because it won't be paid for by taxpayer money, but by gift money from a donor. It seems like this approach -- getting gift money specifically for a celebrity lecturer -- has high risk for unseemly outcomes. On the other hand, where exactly is the line?
[A local example: Harvard has a fairly new well-loved class on Science and Cooking, where celebrity chefs come in and give lectures, and I'm sure SEAS has gone out to raise money especially for innovative teaching such as this, if not for this class directly. On the other hand, we don't pay the chefs 6-figure salaries. In fact, I'm not even sure we pay them (or perhaps we pay a nominal honorarium) -- the chefs, from what I hear, are excited to come teach students. So it's not the same sort of thing, but it perhaps gives ideas that the lines could get blurry here fairly quickly.]