In his June report to the CUNY Board of Trustees, Chancellor James B. Milliken remarked on commencements held across the University and shared highlights from a reception for over 300 TheDream.US scholarship winners. Chancellor Milliken provided an update on both the City and State budgets and their impact on the University including major investments in the ASAP program, funding for scholarships and assistance for senior colleges to implement performance improvement plans. The Chancellor also reported that New York State adopted a new sexual assault law championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and supported by the University.
Chancellor James B. Milliken apprised the Trustees on President Barak Obama’s visit to Lehman College to launch the “My Brother’s Keeper’s Alliance,” a non-profit group focused on improving opportunities for young black and Latino men. Chancellor Milliken also discussed the success of the 13th annual Citizenship NOW! Call-In and a reception honoring more than 200 CUNY students who were awarded TheDream.US scholarship. In addition, the Chancellor summarized the State budget, which includes increased funding for various programs and initiatives.
In his March report to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor James B. Milliken remarked on ASAP’s national recognition, new support for STEM programs, and the need to remain competitive in retaining talented faculty and staff. Chancellor Milliken reiterated that his top priority remains the resolution of collective bargaining agreements to recognize the commitment of faculty and staff. The Chancellor said: “If CUNY is to attract and retain top talent, we need an agreement with appropriate salary and benefits.” Chancellor Milliken added that the University’s dedicated adjunct faculty deserves recognition and long overdue raises for providing “a critical component to our ability to offer a high quality education to our students.”
In his January report to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor James B. Milliken remarked on President Barack Obama’s recognition of CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) as part of Obama’s focus on community college accessibility. “The President cited ASAP as a model program for moving students quickly and successfully to graduation, a program that other community colleges across the country should emulate,” the Chancellor said. He expressed confidence that CUNY will show “steady improvement thanks in part to the mayor’s investment in ASAP and in STEM programs.” He also summarized the governor’s executive budget, which includes increased state funding for CUNY.
Chancellor James B. Milliken discusses the importance of the University’s capital budget request and discusses the importance of public support. Chancellor Milliken also provided an update on the development of new policies regarding sex based assault and harassment and states his appreciation of student leaders that aided in the amendments to student disciplinary polices. Plus, the Chancellor briefs the Board of Trustees on ongoing contract negations. “Being competitive for faculty and staff is essential to this university and the people it serves and the funding of that obligation has a great deal to do with CUNY’s ability to provide access and high quality,” says Chancellor Milliken.
In a NY1 interview with Sam Roberts on The New York Times Close Up, Chancellor James Milliken discussed CUNY’s plans to expand programs that boost student success. Success, he noted, includes graduating with a two-year degree: “There are great opportunities for high-paying jobs for two-year graduates,” he said, noting that to meet the needs of the city’s tech industry CUNY should be offering more “short courses, certificates or two-year degrees in programs teaching software development, coding and gaming. There’s a big market out there.”
Speaking at a meeting of the Association for a Better New York, Chancellor James B. Milliken outlined an ambitious agenda for CUNY in the next decade that includes building research and technology development, expanding global opportunities and increasing digital education. The Chancellor said, “The most important city in the world should have the best public university in the world.”
In his first report to the University community for the new academic year, Chancellor James B. Milliken reflected on his visits to all college campuses. “It was impossible to miss the obvious commitment of our faculty to CUNY’s mission. I was moved by both the enthusiasm of the faculty and the drive and ambition of their students.” He added, “Despite many significant challenges, CUNY is very well positioned today and has tremendous potential for the future to even better serve our students and the people of New York.”
Completing his first month of service, Chancellor James B. Milliken thanked the CUNY Board of Trustees for “the honor and opportunity” to serve and discussed plans to visit every college campus by the end of summer. Chancellor Milliken reported on the new funding within the recently approved city budget for merit-based scholarships sought by the University Student Senate, restorations for CUNY Prep, and $1.5 million to CUNY’s Professional Development Institute to train pre-kindergarten teachers. Milliken detailed the $67 million in new appropriations included in the recently approved state budget and noted that 22 students and 14 faculty were awarded Fulbright Scholarships to study and work abroad.
In his final report to the University community, Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly discusses a new initiative responding to Mayor de Blasio efforts to position education as a cornerstone of his master plan for the city’s future. ‘Educating a Competitive Workforce for the 21st Century’ will “ensure that CUNY students and graduates are well-equipped to compete in the changing economy or STEM-related professions,” says Kelly. To achieve these goals, the initiative recommends support for additional faculty, a significant enhancement in academic and career counseling services, and the expansions of the very successful CUNY START and ASAP programs.