Planning for City University's New Community College

October 15, 2009, 8:30 AM
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, 8th Floor

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John Mogulescu

Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs
Dean, The School of Professional Studies
The City University of New York

Thomas Bailey
George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education
Director, Community College Research Center
Teachers College, Columbia University

Augusta Kappner
President Emerita, Bank Street College of Education
Former President, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Senior Fellow, The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy


The City University of New York has announced plans to open a new community college -- the first in nearly forty years. Scheduled to open in 2011, the Manhattan-based campus will enroll full-time students only, representing a major departure from traditional community college practice. The Planning Team states that the new college will be "singularly focused on the need to drastically improve graduation rates." Both Mayor Bloomberg and the Gates Foundation have pledged support for the new initiative.

Community colleges play a vital role in our nation's higher education system. They currently educate nearly half of all undergraduates, provide vocational and occupational training, offer basic skills and ESL programs, and support local community economic growth and development. But community colleges have been chronically underfunded, seriously undermining their ability to sustain acceptable graduation rates, hire and retain full-time faculty, or improve academic programs. In the current economic climate, policy-makers, foundations, and legislators are making substantial investments in community colleges to re-train dislocated workers, increase attainment and persistence rates for degree-seekers, and to educate a larger and more diverse population of students than ever before.