CUNY to spend $35M over three years on remediation classes

November 20, 2014
New York’s public-high-school students are so ill- prepared for college that the city is investing an extra $35 million in remedial programs to help them make the grade.
Officials at the City University of New York say they’ll expand a booster program to serve 9,000 additional incoming freshmen at seven colleges over the next three years.
As of this year, 4,420 students are getting the extra help.
Only 32 percent of city high-school graduates met CUNY standards this year, according to Department of Education figures, up 1 percent from 2013.
CUNY Chancellor James Milliken touted the university’s partnership with the city, but said the public-school system must “get better at” educating students.
“Obviously, when 80 percent of students who come to community colleges are not fully college-ready and have some remediation [requirements], we have work to do on this,” Milliken said at an Association for a Better New York breakfast Wednesday.
“We need more of this connectivity,” he added. “We’re joined at the hip of the New York City public schools.”
CUNY launched the remediation program in 2007 during the Bloomberg administration to prep students seeking associates degrees who couldn’t pass at least one required course in math, reading or writing in high school.
Students who enrolled in the program were more likely to stay in college, add more credits and graduate more quickly, according to a 2013 study.
DOE officials said the graduation rate is actually double for those in the program than for students fending on their own.
“There is a large need for programs like these to make sure that students who graduated without the skills needed to succeed at the next level are prepared,” said an official.
University officials expect that the program will serve 22 percent of all CUNY freshmen by 2017.
Nearly 275,000 students enrolled at CUNY schools this fall, a record and an increase of more than 40 percent since 2000, according to university officials.