As medical schools across the country struggle to increase their enrollment of racial and ethnic minorities, one of the newest in the nation is already one of the most diverse: The two-year-old CUNY School of Medicine. It’s a distinction matched by the medical school’s unique social mission of improving health care in underserved communities at a time when the need for primary care physicians is rising nationwide.
The CUNY medical school, based at City College, is a seven-year program that combines undergraduate and medical degrees for about 475 students. It was established in 2016 as an outgrowth of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, which took students through their second year of medical education, at which point they transferred to medical schools for the last two years of their degrees. Read More »
From its opening in the fall of 2001, Macaulay Honors College adhered to a policy — spelled out in its charter — that restricted admission to exceptional students who enrolled directly from high school. Transfer students weren’t allowed.
Creating a new, highly selective college that offered financial and academic support to New York’s most promising students was a landmark in CUNY’s broad efforts in those years to raise its standards as a top-flight public university. But Macaulay’s faculty long had reservations about the honors college’s unusual no-transfers policy.
Excluding nontraditional students — those whose lives after high school were sidetracked by life circumstances, for instance, or immigrants who opted to start their American education at a community college — seemed inconsistent with CUNY’s mission of expanding access to education for students from diverse backgrounds and experience.
QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE faculty members, in collaboration with the college’s Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC), joined forces to integrate lessons about genocide and the Holocaust into existing courses across a wide swath of subjects. Their project grew to include more than 50 faculty members and led to the publication this fall of a book for educators.
In 1948, a 50-year-old West Indian immigrant named Bertram L. Baker became the first black person ever elected to office in Brooklyn. As a state assemblyman, city power broker and national civil rights figure, Baker’s achievements ranged from pushing through one of the nation’s first housing discrimination laws to driving the integration of professional tennis. Now his grandson, Brooklyn College journalism professor Ron Howell, tells his remarkable story in Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker.
A$1.6 million grant to Queensborough Community College from the National Institutes of Health will extend CUNY’s participation in a program that has helped hundreds of students advance from associate degrees to baccalaureates in the sciences — and in some cases ultimately all the way to doctoral and medical degrees.
The City Tech building, funded by the state and valued at $410 million, is an eight-story, 360,000-square-foot facility that adds classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories and a 1,000-seat auditorium, along with an 800-seat spectator gymnasium and physical education center, student services and administrative offices. The eye-catching glass structure across the street from the school’s main building gives students a more sophisticated pathway to burgeoning career fields in the health care professions, with access to state-of-the-art technology including MRI machines, a new radiology lab and a nursing simulation
center. Area residents can get free vision screenings in the building’s community center, along with dental cleanings performed by student hygienists.