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ERIC Number: EJ1111700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2014-9018
Transforming Community College Education at The City University of New York
Schmidt, Benno
International Journal of Educational Leadership and Management, v1 n1 p99-129 Jul 2013
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 201 2. 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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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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