City University of New York Trustees Approve Resolution To End Remediation in Senior Colleges

June 4, 1998 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York adopted a resolution on May 26 to phase out all remedial education in the baccalaureate degree programs at CUNY’s eleven senior colleges, starting in the fall of 1999, and continuing through September 2001, Chairwoman Anne A. Paolucci announced.

The four colleges to be affected in the first phase will be Baruch, Brooklyn, Queens, and Hunter Colleges. Lehman College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The College of Staten Island, New York City Technical College and City College will be part of phase two in September 2000; and York College and Medgar Evers College will be included in September 2001.

Students will be required to pass all three Freshman Skills Assessment Tests, (reading comprehension, essay writing and mathematics) as well as other admissions criteria in order to enroll as a freshman or to transfer into those colleges’ baccalaureate programs.

The resolution adds that “students seeking remediation shall be able to obtain such remediation services at a CUNY community college, at a senior college only during its summer sessions, or elsewhere as it may be made available.”

The resolution does not apply to ESL (English as a Second Language) students who received a secondary education abroad and who otherwise are not in need of remediation.

Detailed plans to implement the resolution at the respective colleges are requested of Interim Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich and the senior college presidents by September 1998.

Board Chairwoman Paolucci emphasized that “the University will focus on strengthening collaborations with the public schools and developing innovative alternatives to current remedial instruction.”

Among the strategies being reviewed for broader and more effective applications are:

  • The College Now program, designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school to college.
  • The pre-freshman summer skills programs, evening and weekend classes.
  • Basic skills immersion programs and language immersion programs during the academic year.
  • Tutoring and mentoring services and programs.
  • Collaborative strategies planned with the high schools also include closer cooperation on the College Preparatory Initiative. In addition, CUNY Assessment Tests will be administered in due course to high school juniors in order to target weaknesses and help overcome them before students graduate.

The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban university, comprises 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, a graduate school, a law school, a medical school and an affiliated school of medicine. Close to 202,000 degree-credit students and 150,000 adult and continuing education students are enrolled throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. More information is available on the CUNY Website (http://www.cuny.edu).

Resolution

Resolved, That all remedial course instruction shall be phased-out of all baccalaureate degree programs at the CUNY senior colleges as of the following dates: September 1999, for Baruch, Brooklyn, Queens, and Hunter Colleges; September 2000, for Lehman, John Jay, Staten Island, New York City Technical, and City Colleges; and September 2001, for York and Medgar Evers Colleges. Following a college’s discontinuation of remediation, no student who has not passed all three Freshman Skills Assessment Tests, and any other admissions criteria which may exist, shall be allowed to enroll and/or transfer into that college’s baccalaureate degree programs. Students seeking admission to CUNY senior college baccalaureate degree programs who are in need of remediation shall be able to obtain such remediation services at a CUNY community college, at a senior college only during its summer sessions, or elsewhere as may be made available. This resolution does not apply to ESL students who received a secondary education abroad and who otherwise are not in need of remediation; and be it further

Resolved, That the Interim Chancellor and the senior college presidents shall, after consultation with the faculty, present a detailed plan for implementation of this resolution at the respective colleges to the Remediation and Long Range Planning Committees by September 1998.