Community College Report
new report, Rising to the Challenge: Exemplary Community Colleges
in a Revitalized City University of New York, identifies some
of the challenges CUNY’s community colleges face in a new, fully
integrated university system. The report was prepared by the Board
of Trustees’ Committee on Community Colleges.
have never had a committee on community colleges before,” said
Herman Badillo, Chairman of the Board. “The committee just started
one year ago and to have such a complete report in such a short
period of time is a major achievement.” He added that there will
be opportunities for all segments of the CUNY community to add
CUNY’s six community colleges—Borough of Manhattan, Bronx, Hostos,
Kingsborough, LaGuardia and Queensborough—enroll 53,000 students
in their associate degree programs, 10,000 in non-degree programs
and 88,000 in their continuing education programs.
Students who attend CUNY’s community colleges can transfer with
credits intact to one of the eleven senior colleges to degrees.
To ensure that this process works seamlessly, the report urges
community colleges to articulate more closely with CUNY’s senior
colleges on course curricula and to establish and support cooperative
initiatives among the community colleges to expand the range of
It urges the University to remove administrative impediments for
students to enroll in courses, and, if qualified, to enroll in
web-based distance learning courses from any CUNY college. The
report also recommends the development of a range of non-traditional
offerings to keep pace with technology and population shifts.
Over the past ten years, funding provided to CUNY’s community
colleges has not kept pace with inflation nor with growth in enrollment,
declining by $9 million (6.4 percent after inflation). The report
urges the Chancellery and the Board of Trustees to seek additional
state and city funding for the community colleges to restore lost
resources and to provide enough funding to implement the report’s
It also called for developing a system that links new funding
with student outcomes and campus performance.
copies of the report, visit www.cuny.edu.
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