CUNY OPENING THE DOORS TO HIGHER EDUCATION
|LaGuardia Community College students in a science lab
examine a model of the human heart, c. 2006.
Harris, the driving force behind the creation of the Free Academy, declared, “Make [the new college] the property of the people – open the doors to all – let the children of the rich and the poor take their seats together, and know of no distinction save that of industry, good conduct and intellect.” For more than 160 years, The City University of New York has made Harris’ goal a reality.
|City College students studying in a library, c. 1900.|
|Student studying at City College, April 1972.|
Today, the University – with its focus on academic standards, innovative programs and creative financial stewardship involving both the public and private sectors – is winning acclaim for quality academic programs that provide members of all economic and ethnic groups with opportunities for success. CUNY’s student body is one of the world’s most diverse. In 1999, CUNY raised its admission standards and remanded remedial course work to the associate degree level. Today, CUNY enrolls more degree-credit students, including more black, Hispanic, and Asian students than it has in any of the last thirty years.
|William Hallet Greene, the first African-American
graduate of City College, 1884.