Once chancellor of New York City schools, Rudy Crew now runs Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
Rudy Crew, New York City schools chancellor in the late 1990s, now runs Medgar Evers College, a four-year City University of New York campus where fewer than one in five students graduates in six years. Crew talks about college readiness with Chalkbeat’s Patrick Wall.
Students come to institutions with a question in their mind. The question is, Do I deserve to be here? Am I prepared to be here? And if I’m not, Who will find me out and when? There is a certain sort of lost confidence that manifests itself in their questions about their own efficacy. They’re quiet about it.
They don’t think they’re smart enough, capable enough.
Students have taken low-level classes, says Crew.
They don’t read well. They don’t read very much. They are conflicted about math. They don’t think of themselves as good analytical minds.
More and more, the real question is not if they can learn it; the question is, can we teach it? They have not been exposed [to learning] at a higher-order level.
Crew started the “Pipeline” program in 2014 to reach students before they enroll, writes Wall. “Partnered with 80 public schools in central Brooklyn, the college offers enrichment classes for elementary and middle school students, early-college courses for high school students, training for teachers, a lecture series for principals, and workshops for parents.”
The percentage of Medgar Evers freshmen who need remediation is down from 85 percent to 68 percent.