ERIC Number: ED051732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan-4
Reference Count: 0
[The City University of New York's Open Admissions Program: A Reply to an Article by Rowland Evans and Robert Novak.]
Hyman, Seymour C.
This letter from Seymour Heyman, Deputy Chancellor of the City University of New York, answers on a point-by-point basis the criticism leveled against the open admissions policy of CUNY by Evans and Novak in an article in the Washington Post. The letter identifies "the utterly baffled freshman" as a newly arrived student from Greece with good academic credentials, and argues that: (1) of the 35,000 admitted students, half were found to need remedial education, but only 9,000 of these would not have been admitted under pre open admissions policy (OAP) criteria; (2) almost 80 percent of the entering freshmen had a B average or better in high school, better than the national average; (3) the decision to advance the OAP from 1975 to 1970 was not just the result of radical student pressure, but also at the urging of all non-radical groups on campus; (4) academic standards have not been lowered; (5) the cost relative to the potential benefit is low; (6) new constituencies can be reached without sacrificing instructional quality; (7) academic standards at CUNY mean the rate and effectiveness of knowledge transmission, and not the students' scholastic track record or the faculty's scholarly prestige; (8) the majority of freshmen are white; and (9) that the faculty continue to support open admissions. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY.
Identifiers: City University of New York