FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2010
City Graduation Rate Far Exceeds National Average with 53 Percent of Students Receiving Degrees in Three YearsCenter for Economic Opportunity Program Provides Support to Help Students and Working Adults Complete Associate Degrees
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will join City University of New York Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to preside at a graduation recognition ceremony later today for the students who completed the City’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). The program provides extensive support to help students and working adults complete associate degrees. When the program was launched in 2007, the Mayor and Chancellor set the ambitious goal of graduating at least 50 percent of students within three years – a rate that is more than three times the national average for urban community colleges. The City has already reached that goal, with 53 percent of students completing their coursework, and is on track to reach 56 percent in September.
“Three years ago, our Center for Economic Opportunity developed the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs based on the simple notion that we can make school schedules more conducive to the demands of working families,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Our community colleges are the gateway to opportunity for so many people looking to further their own careers and create a better life for their families. They serve as a model for other cities that want to restore America’s leadership in higher education.”
Full Press Release:http://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgov/menuitem.c0935b9a57bb4ef3daf2f1c701c789a0/index.jsp?pageID=mayor_press_release&catID=1194&doc_name=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nyc.gov%2Fhtml%2Fom%2Fhtml%2F2010a%2Fpr282-10.html&cc=unused1978&rc=1194&ndi=1