ERIC Number: ED231286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Mass Higher Education in an Era of Scarcity: Open Admissions and Changing Educational Opportunities at the City University of New York.
Lavin, David E.
The open admissions policy at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the effect of fiscal crisis in New York are considered. One of the important changes that occurred after the fiscal crisis in 1975 was that entry to CUNY's senior colleges became more difficult. Another change was the implementation in 1977 of a more stringent and precisely defined retention policy. Students were required to earn credits at a specific rate and with a gradually increasing grade point average. In 1976, a new, more far-reaching policy of skills assessment testing was initiated. It was mandated that incoming freshmen take skills assessment tests in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics, and university-wide minimum competency standards were set. In addition, CUNY's free tuition policy was affected by the fiscal crisis, and beginning in fall 1976, tuition was changed for the first time. Modifications in fiscal and academic policies have resulted in the following: student enrollments declined from 250,000 to 200,000 between 1975 and 1976; the proportion of minorities has increased sharply, while the proportion of white ethnics has fallen substantially (minorities were more likely to qualify for full state financial aid); the percentages of freshmen taking remedial courses has increased; and the dropout rates have greatly increased. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: City University of New York
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).