Chancellor Milliken’s Statement on New Report Ranking CUNY as National Leader for  Social Mobility

For 170 years The City University of New York has had a unique mandate, providing a high quality, affordable education to all New Yorkers, but particularly those from underrepresented groups and immigrant populations, and giving them remarkable opportunities to achieve their dreams. A penetrating new study has quantified how effectively CUNY fulfills that mission by opening the door for extraordinary numbers of New Yorkers to move from lower income levels to the middle class and above. As a New York Times columnist writing about the study summed it up, “The new data shows, for example, that the City University of New York system propelled almost six times as many low-income students into the middle class and beyond as all eight Ivy League campuses, plus Duke, M.I.T., Stanford and Chicago, combined.”