Update on A New Community College

November 3, 2008 | News from the Chancellor

Six months ago, the University community was advised of an effort I launched to explore the possibility of creating a new CUNY community college to meet the city’s need for a greater number of New Yorkers with community college credentials.

At that time, a survey was distributed to solicit suggestions from the CUNY community. The online survey was completed by over 150 faculty and staff and informed much of the thinking of the exploratory team. In addition, meetings were held with CUNY community college presidents, provosts, and faculty, as well as with many educators, researchers, and business professionals outside of CUNY. The planning work was led by Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Professional Studies John Mogulescu, who received additional support from a steering committee of CUNY leaders and an advisory board of nationally recognized educators and researchers that convened last month to review a draft concept paper produced by the team.

My charge to Dean Mogulescu and his team was to develop a bold and imaginative plan, one that would reimagine community college education from the ground up. I believe that the team’s response to this charge is impressive and thought-provoking, and I am now pleased to share the draft concept paper with the wider University community. A copy can be downloaded here.

Given the importance of this project, your feedback is essential and would be much appreciated. There will be four meetings open to the University community for this purpose:

  • Monday, November 10, 2008, at Kingsborough Community College, Terrace Room V219, 3:00-4:30pm
  • Thursday, November 20, 2008, at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Richard Harris Terrace, 3:00-4:30pm
  • Monday, November 24, 2008, at Hostos Community College, Savor Multipurpose Room, 3:00-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at Queensborough Community College, Medical Arts Building M136, 3:30-5:00pm

Those unable to attend any of these meetings may participate in a Web-based survey which can be accessed by clicking here.

I deeply appreciate the efforts of Dean Mogulescu, University Director for Collaborative Programs Tracy Meade, and so many others in developing the concept paper. Your commentary is a valuable part of this process, and I thank you in advance for your participation.

Matthew Goldstein