CUNY Commends President Obama’s STEM Initiatives

City University Chancellor James B. Milliken has hailed President Obama’s announcement of more than $240 million in new private sector commitments to inspire and prepare more girls and boys – especially those from underrepresented groups – to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The President made the announcement at the recent 2015 White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of STEM competitions from across the country.

Chancellor Milliken stated: “CUNY is deeply committed to providing innovative programs in science, technology, engineering and math to students of all ages and diverse backgrounds, especially those traditionally under-represented in STEM fields such as females, minorities, undocumented students, and low-income students. I am delighted that President Obama’s ‘Educate to Innovate’ campaign has now resulted in over $1 billion in financial and in-kind support for vitally important STEM programs.”

The City University of New York offers a wide array of initiatives at the pre-college and degree-seeking levels to ensure that all students have every opportunity to learn about STEM pathways. To that end, the University has committed approximately $35 million to STEM initiatives over the next year.

The University’s pre-college STEM initiatives include six Early College & Career High Schools that offer students a rigorous high school curriculum, college courses leading to an associate degree, and work experiences that prepare them for entry-level positions, particularly in high-growth STEM professions. One school, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, was recognized by President Obama as being a model for the country.

CUNY also offers a STEM Research Academy that provides high school students with training in research techniques and pairs them with CUNY faculty for summer internships. The University co-sponsors the annual New York City Science and Engineering Fair, the City’s largest research competition. In 2011, President Obama stopped in for a surprise visit and told students of the importance of participation in STEM activities.

STEM initiatives for degree-seeking CUNY students include the Information Technology Internship Program, which places students majoring in computer studies in New York City agencies for paid internships. This program supports the city while providing CUNY students with valuable paid work experience before they graduate.

Thanks to support from Mayor Bill de Blasio, CUNY’s highly regarded Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative will expand over the next three years from 4,300 to 13,000 students with a strong focus on serving more STEM majors. ASAP is a comprehensive full-time degree pathway for associate degree students focused on increasing timely graduation rates. The program has garnered national recognition, including a recent citation by President Obama for doubling the graduation rates of participating students.

As the nation’s largest urban public higher education system, CUNY is committed to academic excellence, scholarship, and expanded opportunity. Ensuring that students have broad access to high-quality STEM programs is integral to realizing that mission.

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