CUNY “Comprehensive Action Plan” To Prepare Students For College Work Is Released by Interim Chancellor Kimmich

A draft Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP) focusing on the preparation of students for college level work at The City University of New York was released by Interim Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich today. The plan will be submitted for consideration to the Long Range Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees.

“We welcome this excellent working draft because it provides a broad policy framework for further enhancing quality and standards while maintaining access for qualified students. CAP would go into full effect, after input from the various University constituencies, on February 1, 1999,” said CUNY Board of Trustees Chairwoman Anne A. Paolucci.

The CAP:

  • Engages the New York City public schools in new and cooperative ways, building on the College Preparatory Initiative, offering the use of the CUNY skills assessment tests in the high schools, expanding the College Now Program already in existence at 20 high schools in the five boroughs, and providing for more opportunities for advisement and advanced placement at CUNY for high school students.
  • Requires all students who need remedial assistance to attend an Intensive Summer Skills Program prior to enrollment, building on the proven success of the current optional program for entering freshmen and the mandatory requirement for SEEK and College Discovery students.
  • Requires high school graduates to submit SAT scores as part of the application process–a measure of evaluating student preparedness that is standard at universities and colleges across the country, but a significant departure at CUNY. Requires high school graduates of non-English-speaking institutions to submit TOEFL scores, providing another new measure in assessing student preparedness.
  • Calls for replacing remedial courses with “refresher” courses, for returning eligible adult students, through the use of evenings, weekends, and/or distance learning technologies.
  • Limits the number of times associate degree students may repeat a remedial course. Limits are now in place for baccalaureate programs.
  • Requires community colleges to develop a one-year period for students to complete basic skills courses successfully, clearly limiting the time students will be permitted to continue with pre-college preparatory coursework.
  • Requires the passage of a test of University-approved measurement of competence at the end of the remedial sequence, with academic audit procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Provides for further reform of remedial course-work at the senior colleges, using intensive skills and immersion programs as well as new pedagogies.
  • Calls for the strengthening of advisement and mentoring to assist students to make informed choices, including career and academic counseling.

Fully effective February l, 1999, CAP would be subject to initial review 18 months later.