Chancellor James B. Milliken

Chancellor James B. Milliken

Appointed to start on June 1, 2014, James B. Milliken serves as Chancellor of The City University of New York. ยป

A Message from the Chancellor: A Resolution Creating an Efficient Transfer System

May 20, 2011 | News from the Chancellor

Dear Members of the CUNY Community,

As promised in my letter of April 28, I am pleased to make available the revised version of the resolution concerning student transfer at CUNY. This resolution will be considered by CUNY’s Board of Trustees at its June meetings.

I would like to thank the many members of the CUNY community who contributed to the final version of this resolution, including the Council of Presidents (especially Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee Russell Hotzler), University Faculty Senate Chair Sandi Cooper and Vice Chair Terry Martell, University Student Senate Chair Cory Provost, the Academic Council (the campuses’ chief academic officers), members of the chancellery (especially Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Alexandra Logue), college governance and student leaders, and those who provided information and feedback via our Pathways website and at meetings. This academic year’s discussions concerning student transfer have been unprecedented at CUNY in their extensiveness and depth.

The attached resolution reflects all of the conclusions in my April 28 letter, as well as the basic principles to which the administration has adhered throughout the community’s discussions about transfer at CUNY since last fall. These include:

  • The value of CUNY as an integrated, single university, as defined by New York Education Law, gaining strength from our unified size and scope as well as from the diversity of our many academic parts
  • The value of the outstanding curricular work of our faculty-past, current, and future-both in terms of the content of the curriculum and in terms of curricular standards
  • Above all, the value of putting the needs of students first in all that we do

The result, as you will see in the attached resolution, is a system of transfer that respects the judgments of our faculty concerning curriculum, allows campuses considerable flexibility in how they design their curricula, is consistent with national norms, and protects our students as they transfer among the campuses of our single University.

The elements of the resolution include a general education framework for all colleges, alignment of the first parts of the large transfer majors across campuses, and guaranteed transfer of all courses, including electives. The general education framework part of the resolution consists of a 30-credit core curriculum (whose learning outcomes will be set by a task force consisting predominantly of faculty) for all students in A.A., A.S., and baccalaureate programs, and 12 additional credits of general education to be offered by each baccalaureate college, according to its choice (totaling 42 credits of general education in the baccalaureate colleges). A.A.S. students’ general education courses will also be drawn from the 30-credit core curriculum. Any of these general education courses taken at one CUNY campus will transfer as such to any other CUNY campus. In addition, a student who transfers from an associate to a baccalaureate program with 30 or fewer total credits will be required to complete 12 college-specific general education credits at the receiving college; a student who transfers from an associate to a baccalaureate program with more than 30 total credits but no associate degree will be required to complete nine of these credits; and a student who transfers with an associate degree will be required to complete six college-specific general education credits at the receiving college.

This resolution represents only the setting of the initial conditions for the substantial work yet to be done to improve student transfer at CUNY. Committees-again, consisting predominantly of faculty-will be setting learning outcomes, determining which courses satisfy those learning outcomes, aligning the first parts of the large transfer majors, and specifying the standards by which all of this will be created and maintained. There is much to be done in the next few years in order to have the first courses in place for the fall of 2013 and the new transfer policies fully functioning by 2015. But given the importance of this work to our students, I know that it can be accomplished. I look forward to working with all of you toward this goal in the months and years ahead. Thank you for your support.

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein