THE CHANCELLOR'S DESK
White House Urged
to Support Pell Grant Increase
On January 10, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein wrote President
George W. Bush to express his enthusiastic support for
increased Pell Grant funding that was part of the education
bill recently approved by Congress.
The bill raises the maximum Pell Grant by $250 to $4,000, which
would result in an increase of $14 million in tuition assistance
for the 83,000 CUNY students projected to receive Pell Grants
next year. The Chancellor also applauded the education bill's
$34 million increase in funds for the Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant Program.
"This legislation," Goldstein wrote, will have "a beneficial
impact on the more than 400,000 students who attend the twenty
campuses of The City University." Recalling Benjamin Franklin's
observation, "an investment in knowledge always pays the
best interest," the Chancellor noted in his letter, "With
a total impact on local economies estimated at nearly $13 billion,
CUNY and its graduates will help leverage the funding provided
in this bill into a robust and thriving economy throughout the
Law to Aid Undocumented Students
On January 14, the Chancellor wrote to Bronx State Assemblyman
Peter M. Rivera to express support for his bill (A9556)
designed to allow undocumented and out-of-status immigrants
to attend CUNY at the resident tuition rate. Approving of this
legislation, the Chancellor emphasized his "great pride in CUNY's
historic role as a ladder of upward mobility for many generations
of immigrants and migrants." He also added, "I support
the principles and remedy inherent in your legislation, consistent
with CUNY's historic commitment to access."
Goldstein also informed Assemblyman Rivera that he has asked
the colleges to make students affected by the 1998 law eligible
for the University's Hardship Deferral Program. The University
ceased allowing students this benefit in order to conform with
federal law. Free legal assistance for students is available
from the CUNY Citizenship Project.
$1.5M Grant for Honors College at CCNY
Early in February, the Chancellor announced a $1.5 million grant
from the Herman Muehlstein Foundation to support the
Herman Muehlstein Honors College at City College. The Foundation,
founded over 50 years ago and dedicated to education, will be
funding enhanced math and science outreach, pre-freshman summer
math and science programs, and increased faculty supervision.
The University's Honors College, said Goldstein, "helps our
City and State attract and retain the best and the brightest."
Next fall, two new Honors Colleges (on the Lehman and Staten
Island campuses) will join the existing five.