CUNY will be an engine of economic development, connecting with workplace partners to ensure that students are prepared for successful careers and leadership in the knowledge-based economy.

We will identify current and future economic engines by regions, sectors, institutions and employers and build education and training programs that align with current and future workforce needs.

  • CUNY will launch a tech resources group to connect with employers, industry groups, organized labor, alumni and others to align degree programs with workplace skills, job opportunities and industry trends.
  • We will significantly increase enrollment in STEM majors, with emphasis on increasing participation of women and underrepresented minorities.
  • We will work to bring to scale pilot efforts to introduce computer skills, software and data analytics into the curriculum to ensure all graduates in all fields are competitive in a technology-based economy.
  • We will launch a new CUNY Arts initiative to connect our students with experiences, curriculum, internships and jobs in New York’s unparalleled arts and culture sector.

CUNY will make pragmatic experiential learning a signature component of a CUNY education.

  • CUNY university-wide and on its campuses will work with alumni, employers, industry groups, non-profits and organized labor to increase the number and quality of paid internship programs.

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 For many students, experiential learning is already an integral part of a CUNY education, but we will expand the opportunities significantly so that students are better prepared for the workplace when they graduate. CUNY will identify existing programs and infrastructures that can be scaled to engage a greater percentage of CUNY students. At present, efforts are underway to reinstate study abroad scholarships and expand both the CUNY Service Corps and mentored undergraduate research opportunities. We will also create:

  • A “front door” for partners: While individual CUNY colleges will continue their work with individual employers in industries of focus, the university will build upon these relationships by offering a responsive point of entry to access to talented students from across the CUNY colleges.
  • Sector-specific engagement strategies: Given that successful transition from college to career is a key outcome of much experiential learning, the university will explore opportunities to create cooperative education programs, in partnership with employers.
  • Sector engagement for faculty: CUNY will integrate opportunities for faculty members themselves to gain exposure to current practices in their fields of interest and build long-term relationships with practitioners.

Communications Campaign: CUNY will launch a university-wide communications campaign focused on “Getting more out of your CUNY degree.” The campaign will aim to establish “experiential learning” in the minds of every CUNY student as a desirable way to acquire marketable skills.

  • We will increase opportunities for students to build global competencies, through study abroad, languages and other programs.
  • We will expand opportunities for undergraduate research across the community and senior colleges and with other institutions.

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Undergraduate research is a high-impact educational practice that improves student outcomes. The value of mentored undergraduate research is based not only on training and skills but also on factors such as teamwork and a sense of belonging. With these benefits in mind, CUNY is expanding undergraduate research in both STEM and non-STEM disciplines.

Faculty Mentored Research

The gold standard for undergraduate research experiences are faculty-mentored laboratory based internships. Faculty at all CUNY colleges, including the Community Colleges, actively participate in close mentorship of their students. Many colleges showcase student-faculty research in annual research symposia, and some colleges, such as John Jay, have long-standing organized programs that integrate multi-year research experiences across the academic career of individual students.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Other grants, such as the NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, fund programs for minority students at specific schools, including Brooklyn, City, Hunter, and Medgar Evers Colleges.

Summer Mentored Research Programs: The NSF funds summer programs at several CUNY colleges. Among these are a biology research program at CCNY and a psychology-neuroscience program at Brooklyn College.

The CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP): This program offers year-long faculty-mentored research experiences to 235 students across the 10 CUNY schools with associate degree programs.

Next Steps:

DEVELOPMENT OF THE CUNY HUMANITIES SCHOLARS PROGRAM (CHSP): CHSP will provide year-long mentored research experiences for 15 students at each associate degree granting college.

CRSP BRIDGE PROGRAM: The CRSP Bridge Program (CRSP-BP) will assist community college students in finding a mentor at a senior college in order to continue their development as aspiring STEM researchers.

RESEARCH IN THE CLASSROOM: We will expand the Research in the Classroom initiative into an annual competition and devise methods to institutionalize it. A new request for applications has been announced for the Research in the Classroom award.

  • We will increase opportunities for community service, tied to academic programs, through partnerships with state and city agencies and communities, the CUNY Service Corps and the CUNY Tutor Corps.

CUNY will substantially improve career services throughout the university.

  • CUNY will re-engineer career services by creating a central entry portal that connects with and supports college career services offices with information, consistent practices and counseling.

Increasing Women in Technology

CUNY launched WiTNY (Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York) in partnership with Cornell Tech, Verizon, and other private sector partners to encourage and enable a significant increase in the participation of women in tech at CUNY.

While the number of women in college has increased dramatically, the percentage of women studying computer science has been declining since 1980. This is an alarming national trend, given projections that the US will be graduating only 52 percent of the needed tech workforce from our universities.

WiTNY’s strategy is to encourage more women to enroll and succeed in tech-related majors by providing innovative introductory computer science curriculum, working with faculty to design new courses, building community and networking among the women in tech, and preparing them for careers through internships and job opportunities.

Partnering for Technology Jobs

CUNY launched the first free technology boot camp program at Queens College with Revature, which offers guaranteed employment to CUNY alums who complete a 12-week program.

Revature is an IT-staffing company, serving Fortune 500 companies and top system integrators. Its unique university partnership model enables CUNY alums to compete as software developers, with their skills aligned with the most current needs of the tech marketplace.

CUNY expects that more than 2,000 students will be trained and hired in the next five years. The first class launched at Queens College and future classes will also be held at the School of Professional Studies.

CUNY Tutor Corps

The CUNY Tutor Corps in Math and Computer Science brings students from CUNY colleges into middle and high school classrooms, helping them become highly effective tutors and teaching assistants.  By 2020, we anticipate working with close to 180 schools.  The Tutor Corps is a partnership between CUNY, the Office of the Mayor, New York City Department of Education, and others.

The goals of the Tutor Corps are to:

  • Improve the math and computer science learning of middle and high school students
  • Inspire younger students to study STEM by developing mentoring relationships
  • Investigate secondary teaching of math or computer science as a viable career option

The CUNY Tutor Corps is designed to support the DOE’s Algebra for All and Computer Science for All initiatives by bringing current CUNY students who are studying math, computer science, technology and education into schools to provide one-on-one and small group instruction and support classroom teachers.

Members of the CUNY Tutor Corps are paid $15 per hour for approximately 12 hours per week from January to June. The program begins with a two-week immersion program, during which tutors meet representatives from their host schools, and begin learning about the curriculum and their support role. Corps members also benefit from training by CUNY faculty which will focus on best practices in pedagogy, and offer supports in collaborative instruction.