The City University of New York
ONE UNIVERSITY - MANY INSTITUTIONS
The City University of New York is the public university system of New York City. It is the largest urban university in the United States, consisting of 23 institutions: 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the doctorate-granting Graduate School and University Center, the City University of New York School of Law, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and the upcoming School of Public Health.
More than 260,000 degree-credit students and 273,000 continuing and professional education students are enrolled at campuses located in all five New York City boroughs.
In February 2008, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein asked Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs John Mogulescu to begin a process that that would lead to the opening of a new CUNY community college. His reasons were twofold: to address the explosion in enrollment as well as the need to determine if a new model could significantly increase student outcomes, most importantly, graduation rates. Reference to a new community college was included in the Core Academic Priorities section of the 2008-2012 CUNY Master Plan. The first phase of the development process was exploratory in nature and, after seven months of work, resulted in the document, A New Community College Concept Paper. The concept paper is a document that synthesizes the ideas and experiences of CUNY faculty and staff and of educators across the nation, historical and recent research on community college programs and performance, data from CUNY's Office of Institutional Research, and advice from the project's Steering Committee and an Advisory Board of nationally recognized educational professionals.
The completion of the draft concept paper marked the end of the exploratory work. In January 2009, Chancellor Goldstein gave the go ahead to begin comprehensive planning for the full development and approval of a new community college. Phase II planning will involve working with the CUNY community, including the CUNY Steering Committee, faculty, staff and governance bodies, and outside experts to develop a detailed plan that will elaborate on areas already discussed and areas not addressed in the concept paper.