To keep pace with the rapid changes of a knowledge-based economy, CUNY will ensure that more New Yorkers are able to attend college and earn degrees.
CUNY will extend the benefits of higher education to more New Yorkers and the value of our degrees will be improved.
- We will support significantly expanded access to the benefits of higher education through the Governor’s historic free tuition plan, removing a barrier to many low and middle-income students.
- We will transform recruitment, admissions, and financial aid processes to be more competitive and enroll more New Yorkers.
- CUNY will aggressively expand the high quality online education offered by CUNY’s colleges, supporting the infrastructure, training and incentives necessary to reach ambitious new goals.
- We will focus on degree completion for the more than one million New Yorkers who have some credits but no degree by creating a one-stop service, providing academic and career advisors to support working adults. We will also launch an initiative to connect working and mid-career learners with courses leading to degrees and certificates, and we will expand use of prior learning assessments for degree requirements and competency-based credentialing.
CUNY will double its three-year graduation rate for associate degrees, leading the nation in urban community college attainment. We will also raise by ten points the six-year graduation rate for bachelor’s programs.
- CUNY’s new culture of completion will be reflected by pervasive “college momentum” campaigns and alignment of advising at every undergraduate college to make annual accumulation of 30 credits the norm.
- The university will expand the groundbreaking ASAP program to 25,000 community college students by 2018-19, including full implementation of ASAP for all full-time students at Bronx Community College, and pilot ASAP-like completion programs at senior colleges.
- We will work with our funding partners to significantly increase the number of academic advisers at colleges and the technological resources to support them, provide better support through increased use of data analytics and technology, and place new emphasis on supporting transfer students, including accelerated evaluation of transcripts on entry.
CUNY will eliminate barriers to registration and credit acceptance between CUNY colleges, and encourage students to take full advantage of the rich academic opportunities throughout the University, across college lines.
- New policies and processes will make it much easier for students at each college to take courses at any other CUNY college and receive full degree credit.
- We will expand joint and dual degree opportunities and stackable degree strategies within and among colleges.
- CUNY will fully implement new planning software tools to improve course availability and implement predictable course scheduling.
CUNY will increase diversity at its most selective institutions and at its highest levels of degree attainment.
- CUNY will strengthen application pipelines and streamline and improve application and transfer processes, expanding the proportion of underrepresented groups at senior colleges.
- CUNY will diversify its flagship honors program by launching a new transfer program from community colleges to the Macaulay Honors College.
- Master’s and doctoral programs will implement strategies to significantly step up recruiting among underrepresented groups within and beyond CUNY.
We will greatly strengthen student services and supports to speed degree completion.
- We will improve student services by integrating them into one-stop centers, improving staffing on evenings and weekends, and expanding online and mobile delivery of information and services, including social media, to provide students with timely, accurate and consistent information on credits and degree status.
- Under the new administrative restructuring program, we will streamline business processes associated with admissions, course registration, tuition payment, financial aid and other student services to sharply improve the overall student experience.
- We will require timely, thorough and efficient orientations for all students — freshmen, transfer students and students of online courses.
- CUNY will deploy student early academic warning systems with back-up supports, and connect academic, social, legal and financial services to better support student success.
- We will work with our funding partners to expand Single Stop social service centers from the current eight to all 18 CUNY undergraduate colleges to assist students in overcoming financial and other barriers.
John Jay’s Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE)
CUNY has adapted the successful ASAP model, currently in place at CUNY’s community colleges, in a baccalaureate college setting at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as John Jay Accelerate, Complete and Engage, or ACE. The program’s combination of structured full-time degree pathways, financial resources—tuition waivers, metro cards, textbook stipends produced promising results for the first cohort of students: 79 percent of ACE students earned 30 credits or more in their first year and summer, contrasted with 56.7 percent in the comparison group. The one-year retention rate from fall 2015 to fall 2016 was 82.8 percent for the ACE students, higher than the 77.8 percent for the comparison group. Based on these promising findings, further expansion of the ACE model is recommended at John Jay and up to four additional CUNY senior colleges, Lehman, York, City, and Brooklyn Colleges to serve a total enrollment of 7,500 students by 2022/23.
Making students’ life on campus easier via app
Kingsborough Community College’s AssistMe is a pilot app program that provides fingertip access to information and services to help keep students on track. It offers quick answers about financial aid, academic support, food and housing assistance, residency and child care.