Transforming Community College Education at The City University of New York

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  • Benno C Schmidt Jr. City University of New York

https://doi.org/10.4471/ijelm.2013.04

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The City University of New York (CUNY) developed and implemented two evidence-based, educational initiatives at its community colleges. Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), on six campuses, helped 55 percent of students who enter with one or two developmental needs earn an associate degree within three years. This compares with 20 percent for non-ASAP students who needed remediation. An external random assignment study by MDRC found that ASAP increased credits earned, completion of developmental coursework, and first-to-second semester retention. An independent study out of Columbia University Teachers College estimated that despite higher initial expenses, ASAP’s higher graduation rate costs the university $6,500 less per three-year graduate. The second innovation, CUNY’s New Community College (NCC), opened with 300 students in Fall 2012. It offers A.A. and A.S. degrees for transfer to baccalaureate programs, plus occupational A.A.S. degrees. Using a curriculum organized around problem-solving for New York City’s future, it integrates developmental and credit coursework, field experiences, and classroom learning in a structured and supportive environment. Other components include full-time study in the first year, limited majors, and a multidisciplinary faculty-staff instructional team. Early results include a 92 percent first-to-second-semester retention rate for Spring 2013.

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Benno C Schmidt Jr., City University of New York

BENNO SCHMIDT, B.A. J.D., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in April 2003 as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York. He was reappointed to the Board for a seven-year term in June 2006. Previously he served as Vice Chairperson upon his appointment in August 1999. Mr. Schmidt is Chairman of Avenues, the global private school network, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Edison Schools, Inc., having served as its Chairman from 1992 until fall, 2007. Before joining Edison Schools, Inc., he served as Yale University's 20th president, where he was best known nationally for his defense of freedom of expression and the academic values of liberal education. During his tenure at Yale, which began in 1986, Mr. Schmidt launched one of the largest building programs in Yale's history; he became Yale's most successful fund-raiser; he fashioned a model partnership between the University and the city of New Haven; and helped build a number of new interdisciplinary programs, especially in environmental science, molecular biology, and international studies. During his presidency, Yale's endowment grew from $1.7 billion to nearly $3 billion, the highest rate of growth of any private university during that time.

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2013-07-16

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Schmidt Jr., B. C. (2013). Transforming Community College Education at The City University of New York. International Journal of Educational Leadership and Management, 1(1), 99–129. https://doi.org/10.4471/ijelm.2013.04

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