Join the New York City Workforce Funders Collaborative and field leaders for a deep dive on CUNY enrollment trends and what the decline in enrollment means for the college leaders, industry partners, and funders working to increase student career success.
Nationwide, community colleges have seen a sharp drop in enrollment during the pandemic. Facing new financial pressures, care-giving responsibilities, an uncertain labor market, and barriers to online learning, many CUNY students have chosen not to enroll or continue their pre-pandemic courses of study. At the same time, the workforce development ecosystem is adapting to a restructured labor market and an expansion of sectors (including healthcare and tech) that promise to connect New Yorkers—particularly those in underserved communities—to better jobs.
Will the myriad and long-standing efforts to fulfill CUNY’s promise as an engine of economic mobility—from strengthening degree and non-degree programs to expanding internship and apprenticeship opportunities—bring students back in the short term and position them to secure a greater share of good jobs in the long term? What other systems-change strategies are needed for CUNY and its students to emerge more resilient from this crisis?
- Current enrollment figures and projections for the 2021-22 academic year
- Strategies to break down the silos between non-degree and degree realms, including micro- and stackable credentials
- New efforts by business leaders to increase career success for CUNY students through curriculum development and internship and apprenticeship pathways
- The role Credit for Prior Learning, Federal Work Study, and other policy levers play in raising enrollment and competition rates
- Cass Conrad, Executive Director, The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation
- David Ehrenberg, President & CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
- Denise B. Maybank, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, City University of New York
- Karla Renee Williams, Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Bronx Community College
- Karrin Wilks, Chief Learning Strategist, New York Jobs CEO Council
- Sarah Truelsch, Director of Policy Research, City University of New York
- Sunil B. Gupta, Vice President of Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College
- Rona Sheramy (Moderator), Executive Director, Jewish Foundation for Education of Women
All interested funders. What to expect: panel discussion with Q&A.
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