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.
Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly offers an update on the Performance Management Process, (PMP) introduced in 2000 to link planning and goal-setting by the University and it’s colleges and to measure progress toward those goals. This year, the University “embarked on streamlining the PMP… to make the process more efficient and meaningful,” says Kelly. The Interim Chancellor reports on the Cross Campus Initiative, which will include a Faculty Leadership Academy to be launched in the spring, and also announces a record number of more than 5,700 applications for the Macaulay Honors College.
Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly testifies on the 2014-15 State executive budget proposal before The New York State Senate Finance And Assembly Ways And Means Committees.
Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly welcomed Chancellor-designate James Milliken, the unanimous choice of the diverse committee that conducted the nationwide search, and expressed his strong desire to work with the Chancellor-designate during the period of transition. Kelly reported on steady enrollment growth for winter intersession courses, with enrollment at nearly 17,000 students or 15% above the previous intersession record.
The Interim Chancellor noted that Accelerated Studies in Associate Programs, or ASAP, a CUNY initiative nationally recognized for innovation and improvement of graduation rates, was profiled recently in The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Kelly will participate on the panel, “CUNY: The Road to Success,” which will examine ways to continue to improve graduation rates at community colleges.
Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly, discussing a federal proposal for a “higher education scorecard,” announced that a special University committee will be working with the American Council in Education to prepare proposals for assessing college performance.
Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly reports on the Invest in CUNY campaign, which has raised $2.5 billion to date, including recent contributions from the McGraw family for a business journalism center at the Graduate School of Journalism and a $25 million gift from Toby and Leon Cooperman to support the library and scholars program at Hunter College. Preliminary enrollment data show 270,000 degree credit students for Fall 2013, and 247,0000 continuing education enrollments. A special Council of Presidents committee, chaired by President Ricardo Fernandez of Lehman College, will review the impact of the higher education plan proposed by President Obama.
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein reports on the Start-Up New York program, which allows business operating on or near SUNY and CUNY campuses to operate tax free. The Chancellor also announced the naming of the Stella & Charles Guttman Community College and the reinstatement of ROTC. The Chancellor discusses the effect of the recently announced city budget agreement and the positive impacts on CUNY’s programs and initiatives. Chancellor Goldstein provides an update of the Pathways initiative including recent enrollment statistics and its benefit to students.