CUNY: The Road to College Success

Thursday, March 27, 2014 -
8:45am to 10:30am EDT
Kibbee Board Room, CUNY Central Office, 205 East 42nd Street, Room 725
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In recent years, half of New York City's public school graduates have enrolled at the City University of New York (CUNY) as freshmen. More than half of these students enter one of CUNY's seven community colleges. An associate's degree from one of CUNY's community colleges is an accessible, affordable option that can help low-income students move further into higher education and access living-wage jobs. But community college graduation rates remain stubbornly low in New York City.

This event will examine the factors that both foster and impede graduation from community colleges, and explore promising programs that work to improve college success by offering intensive support services to students. Speakers will discuss these dynamics and key evaluations of promising programs, as well as CUNY's strategy for community college reform going forward.

This is the third session in a series on college success, and is presented by Philanthropy New York, the New York City Youth Funders, the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, The Charles Hayden Foundation, the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, and the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation.


The obstacles to success for community college students

Strategies for building and evaluating effective student support systems

How funders can partner with CUNY and each other to improve graduation rates for low-income students

This program is "Partially Open."


William Kelly, Interim Chancellor, City University of New York

Jim Marley, Assistant Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services

Felix Matos Rodriguez, President, Hostos Community College

Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Director of Young Adults and Postsecondary Education Policy, MDRC

Elizabeth Olofson (Moderator), Executive Director, Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation