The KIPP model goes to college

The City University of New York’s experimental New Community College, which will have more resources, structure and paternalism, resembles the KIPP model for middle schools.

CUNY launches community college experiment

If community college students enrolled full-time, learned basic skills in for-credit classes, took a well-planned schedule of courses, received mandatory tutoring and counseling . . .  Would they earn degrees?  City University of New York’s New Community College will test whether an intensive, highly structured program will increase graduation rates.

'A' schools' grads aren't ready for college

City University of New York (CUNY) remediation rates top 50 percent for graduates of most of the city’s top-rated high schools, reports the New York Times.

Of the 70 high schools that earned an “A” on the most recent city progress report and have at least one-third of graduates attending a college of the City University of New York, 46 posted remediation rates above 50 percent, according to reports sent to the city’s high schools.

High schools are evaluated based on Regents pass rates and graduation rates. The new evaluation system also will count college enrollment, readiness and performance.

Over all, 49 percent of new CUNY students required remedial classes in 2010. That’s up from 45 percent in 2007.

CC students want more online classes

Community colleges can’t keep up with student demand for online classes.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  A common core curriculum for CUNY’s two-year and four-year colleges would help transfer students complete a bachelor’s degree, but many professors oppose the Pathways plan, saying it would devalue the CUNY degree.

Four-year college doesn’t fit all

Four-year college doesn’t fit all students, argues Beyond One-Size-Fits-All College Dreams: Alternative Pathways to Desirable Careers in American Educator. Low achievers should aim for vocational certificates rather than bachelor’s degrees, argue the authors.

For-profit higher education is a bargain for taxpayers, according to a new study that compares public costs of the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors.

IBM and City University of New York plan a six-year high school-college hybrid that will graduate students with an associate degree and the inside track to a job.

It’s all on Community College Spotlight.

CUNY's got a math problem

Basic algebra stumps most first-year students at City University of New York freshmen, according to a CUNY report. 

“These results are shocking,” said City College Prof. Stanley Ocken, who co-wrote the report on CUNY kids’ skills. “They show that a disturbing proportion of New York City high school graduates lack basic skills.”

During their first math class at one of CUNY’s four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn’t solve a simple algebra problem, the report by the CUNY Council of Math Chairs found. Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal.

Seventy percent of CUNY students were graduated from New York City public schools, where they say standards are low.