“An Institution Adrift” The Mayor’s Advisory Task Force on the City University of New York

June 7, 1999 | The University

To the New York City Community:

The Mayor’s Advisory Task Force on the City University of New York (“CUNY”) issued its report, The City University of New York: An Institution Adrift, to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on June 7, 1999.

Over the course of our investigation, we examined CUNY’s budgeting, funding and financial management. We reviewed the university’s governance processes as well as its open admissions policies and remedial education programs. We examined the relationship between the public schools and the need for remedial education at CUNY. We also considered ways in which third parties could provide remedial education to CUNY students.

We based our conclusions and recommendations on a series of studies conducted by Task Force consultants and staff. Consultants to the Task Force included PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”); RAND Education (“RAND”); and Professor Bruce Cooper, Fordham University Graduate School of Education.

PwC undertook three separate studies for the Task Force: Report I: Financial Analysis of Remedial Education at the City University of New York; Report II: Planning and Budgeting at the City University of New York; and Report III: Review of the City University of New York’s Revenues and Expenditures.

RAND conducted four studies: CUNY Statistical Profile, 1980-1998, Volumes I and II; The Governance of the City University of New York: A System at Odds With Itself; Financing Remediation at CUNY on a Performance Basis: A Proposal; and CUNY’s Testing Program: Characteristics, Results, and Implications for Policy and Research.

Finally, the Task Force’s professional staff undertook four studies: Open Admissions and Remedial Education at the City University of New York; Beyond Graduation Rates: Assessing the Outcomes of CUNY’s Open Admissions and Remedial Education Policies; Bridging the Gap Between School and College; and Analysis of Remedial Education Outsourcing Alternatives.

The submission of our final report, with the attendant studies, concludes our mandate.

Respectfully submitted,

Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., Chair
Chairman, The Edison Project

Herman Badillo
Chair, CUNY Board of Trustees

Jacqueline V. Brady
Vice President of Structured Finance, Nomura Securities International, Inc.

Heather Mac Donald
John M. Olin Fellow, The Manhattan Institute
Contributing Editor, The City Journal

Manfred Ohrenstein
Founding Partner, Ohrenstein & Brown

Richard T. Roberts
Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Richard Schwartz
President and CEO, Opportunity America

Read the original report on nyc.gov.