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Mayor Asks That CUNY Outsource Remediation

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_________________________________________________________________

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  For your information.

  Gail Platt

_________________________________________________________________

  From the issue dated May 11, 2001



  Mayor Asks That CUNY Outsource Remediation

  By SARA HEBEL

   New York City's mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has proposed a
  budget for the 2002 fiscal year that would require the City
  University of New York to hire a private company to provide
  remedial education for at least 1,000 students. The mayor, a
  Republican, said such a move would help the institution
  improve its academic quality.

  Some CUNY faculty members were upset by the plan, which was
  announced last month. They argued that the institution's own
  remedial courses have proved effective, and that students who
  have taken them go on to graduate at a rate equal to that of
  students who did not need the extra help.

  University officials said they would look at the mayor's plan
  and were "open to all suggestions." But CUNY "had no takers"
  last fall when it sought proposals on its own from private
  companies to provide some remediation at community colleges,
  said Michael Arena, a CUNY spokesman.

  Most remedial courses are being eliminated from CUNY's 11
  four-year colleges by this fall, under a controversial policy
  that was adopted in 1999 and supported by the mayor. Students
  who need extra academic help will have to turn to CUNY's
  two-year colleges and special remedial programs or go
  elsewhere.

  Since the policy change, CUNY has expanded its summer and
  yearlong remedial offerings and college-preparatory programs.
  But Mr. Giuliani argued in his budget that "many incoming
  community-college students are still unprepared for
  college-level work and often fail to rapidly move out of
  CUNY's remedial-education program."

  Requiring the university to use private providers, he said,
  "should lead to more effective remediation for this particular
  group of incoming students as well as introduce CUNY to models
  of effective educational programs."

  Meanwhile, the New York State Education Department, which is
  monitoring CUNY's new remediation policy, issued its first
  report last month. The study found that the racial composition
  of CUNY's full-time freshman classes remained largely the same
  between fall 1999 and fall 2000. However, the authors said "it
  is too early to draw conclusions about the success or failure"
  of the policy.

  Critics of the new policy have argued that removing remedial
  education from four-year institutions will limit access to
  CUNY, particularly for minority students, who are more likely
  to come from poor school districts and to need remedial work.

  During the period covered by the study, the policy had been
  enacted at four of the four-year institutions. The changes
  were phased in at three more colleges in September 2000, and
  are scheduled take effect this fall on the four remaining
  senior campuses, which tend to have more minority students
  than the other colleges.




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_________________________________________________________________
Copyright 2001 by The Chronicle of Higher Education

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