CUNY will effectively leverage the public’s investment by redesigning business processes, using existing space more efficiently and pursuing collaborative efforts to expand our physical reach, and re-engineering development operations, while ensuring the university’s financial operations are sound, transparent and accountable.
- CUNY will implement best practices in policies and operations that ensure financial accountability and integrity in all areas, including establishing a new structure for managing enterprise risk and compliance.
- We will adopt best business practices for high performing organizations, including redesigning business processes and streamlining administrative functions to improve services and reallocate funds to highest priorities, such as investing in new faculty and student services.
- We will advocate for investments from our funding partners – public and private — that support CUNY’s goals and provide the best opportunities for our students and advance the state’s and city’s priorities.
- CUNY will use national best practices to improve fundraising operations to significantly increase private funding to support university priorities.
- CUNY will work to develop partnerships with institutions that share our goals and extend our reach, such as the city’s outstanding library systems, cultural institutions and others.
- We will expand capacity by making more efficient use of CUNY’s facilities and rely increasingly on technology to meet growing enrollment demands.
CUNY in The Heights
CUNY in the Heights was designed from the start in 2005 to serve the residents of northern Manhattan and the northwest Bronx, where there are significant Latino, immigrant and working-class populations. In 2012, we moved to a 15,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art space at the Inwood Center at 5030 Broadway in Manhattan’s Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood. That was made possible by State and City capital support arranged by then New York State Senator, now Congressman, Adriano Espaillat and New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. The new space features classrooms equipped with wireless connections and SMART Boards, computer labs, conference rooms and offices for faculty and staff that allows programming from Hostos Community College and Borough of Manhattan Community College to operate year-round.
The new space has significantly expanded vital higher education services to the community, providing many ladders to educational attainment and careers. Today it offers credit-bearing and continuing education courses that enable students to do everything from upgrading their skills, attaining certifications in select fields, and learning English as a second language to making progress on their general education requirements and toward associate and bachelor’s degrees. The number of credit-bearing courses leading to degrees has risen sharply; in 2017, for the first time, winter session courses are being offered at the facility, and spring offerings have increased.
CUNY in the Heights is also the proud home of Citizenship Now!, a vibrant, well-staffed immigration and citizenship law service center.
Thanks to the ongoing support and advocacy of elected leaders and the community, and the dedication of CUNY leaders at BMCC and Hostos CC, the new CUNY site has become so successful that plans are in the works to expand its footprint—and academic programming–so that it can better meet the needs of CUNY students and the community.