Steinhardt Kicks Off NCAC Partnership to Help Low-Income High School Students Complete Degrees

NYU Steinhardt celebrated the launch of its National College Advising Corps (NCAC) on November 29th at NYU’s Torch Club. The event brought together donors, faculty members, students, and representatives from New York City schools that will benefit from the partnership which places full-time college advisers in underserved high schools.

Directed by Alisha Ali, an associate professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology, NYU’s NCAC has hired 12 full-time advisers (above), whose salaries are funded, in part, by the Helmsley Trust Foundation. Other support comes from the Social Innovation Fund, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and New York Life.

“Participation in NCAC is part of an education ‘in and of the city,’” said Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck at the kick off event. “The partnership will be an enriching experience for our NYU students, as well as the young men and women they will help counsel.”

NYU Steinhardt is currently the only NCAC partner serving New York State. The National College Advising Corps aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation-college, underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education.

Steinhardt’s NCAC program will be serving the following New York City schools: Wings Academy; Monroe Academy for Visual Arts and Design; Eximius College Prep Academy; Urban Assembly Academy for History & Citizenship for Young Men; Performance Conservatory High School; Monroe Academy For Business/Law; Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School; Pan American International High School; Bronx International High School; University Neighborhood High School; the High School for Computers and Technology and, the Cinema School.

(Photos: Twelve NYU graduates have been hired to serve as counselors for the NCAC program; Steinhardt Associate Professor, Alisha Ali, far left, will lead NYU’s NCAC program; with (left to right) Nicole Hurd, executive director of NCAC and Aileen Moner, program director.)