1999-11-27 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

On Monday, November 22, 1999, I attended the New York State Board
of Regents meeting which passed a modified version of the City University of New York Master Plan Amendment. The issue of the Master Plan is really reflective of our changing times. On this, the eve of the new millennium, the NYS Board of Regents had the opportunity to revisit the mission of CUNY and to enable that great New York institution to properly prepare its students to successfully take their rightful place in the emerging global society.

Since 1847, the City University of New York has played a major role
in the economic vitality of New York City by meeting the higher educational needs of its citizens. Today, approximately 80 percent of CUNY graduates are employed in New York ten years after they graduate. In a
tradition of excellence, more Nobel Prize winners come from City College
than from any other public institution.

Future Nobel Prize winners are probably in CUNY today. Proof of
this is the fact that Queens College had two Marshal scholars last year.
Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey noted in her remarks at the Regents meeting that
over sixty percent of the CUNY students are women who upon graduation, go to work and make family life more economically viable.

Chancellor Carl Hayden in his remarks noted that access must also
provide excellence and opportunity. He felt that prior to this time,
articulation between the community colleges and the senior colleges has not been working. The Master Plan Amendment clarifies the entrance
requirements and the articulation procedures. It coincides with the
Regents reforms in the elementary and secondary schools. It will provide a seamless transition from Kindergarten to grade 16. It will help the
students to become economically more viable.

The Board of Regents voted that the long-range plan of CUNY be
amended and incorporated into the Regents statewide master plan for higher education, to authorize CUNY to change its admissions policy by phasing out remedial education in its senior colleges consistent with the
implementation plan.

The Board of Regents set up a schedule to monitor the implementation of the new policy and its effect on BA programs in CUNY.

CUNY will begin to implement the new policies at four of the senior
colleges in the Spring semester- Queens, Brooklyn, Baruch and Hunter. The Board of Regents modified the CUNY Master Plan by delaying the implementation of the starting date at City College and Lehman. The new policies will be phased in one year later, which will coincide with the Regents new requirements for all high school graduates. With this new policy students will now be admitted to CUNY based on their high school averages and standardized test scores.



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