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Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2018

Op-Ed: NYC Tourism Industry Deserves Credit For Major Job Growth

Over the past two decades, tourism in New York City has swelled from 33 million to nearly 63 million annual visitors. The city should make concrete efforts that recognize tourism’s role in the region’s economy, and plan to sustain it.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2018

Op-Ed: Protecting New York State’s For-Profit College Students

Far too many graduates of New York State’s for-profit colleges end up stuck in low-wage jobs and saddled with debt that they can't afford, while taxpayers are left footing the bill. The State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have the power to change this by implementing statewide standards to ensure that crucial investments in higher education result in real economic mobility for students.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2018

From Dream Machine to Job Machine: Expanding Academic Certificates at CUNY’s Community Colleges

CUNY's innovative college success programs are helping more students earn a degree—and with it, a shot at economic opportunity. But when nearly 80 percent of students at CUNY community colleges fail to earn an associate’s degree in three years, it's time to consider additional options. Expanding academic certificate programs should be part of the solution.

Commentary/Op-EdTestimony - March 2018

Op-Ed: Bridge programs get big results, but little support

New York’s bridge programs serve nowhere near the number of adults who would benefit from them. New York State should make investing in bridge programs part of its proposed $175 million workforce development plan.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2018

Op-Ed: Sustaining the Caregiving Workforce for New York’s Aging Future

New York City is facing an impending healthcare crisis. An imminent shortage of home care workers and supportive services threatens to erode the quality of life, safety, and health of older New Yorkers and their families.The state should take the lead to ensure that families have affordable, quality options for protecting the health and safety of older adults.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2018

Weather Emergencies and Emergency Rooms

During severe weather, getting around New York City can be all but impossible. Yet these moments are also the times when doctors, nurses, home health aids, and other medical professionals are most desperately needed. Given the unique challenges storms present, we wanted to share that story here, which ran as a sidebar in our report, An Unhealthy Commute.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2018

Op-Ed: NYC’s New Schools Chancellor Should Make College Success Matter

It’s a rare moment when the city’s attention is focused on what it takes to lead the city’s schools. Yet the most important item on the next chancellor’s to-do list is hardly being discussed: preparing vastly more students to succeed in college.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2018

Op-Ed: The Transit Crisis Without a Rescue Plan

Even as the subways reach the breaking point, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers face an additional commuting crisis: the lack of fast, reliable transit service in huge swaths of the boroughs outside Manhattan. No industry has felt the effects of these punishing commutes more than the city's healthcare sector.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2018

Op-Ed: How To Prepare New Yorkers to Benefit from Amazon

Many New Yorkers are worried that a new home base for the world’s largest internet company would be more burden than boon. But a bold proposal to land 50,000 good jobs deserves an equally ambitious plan to invest in the city’s workforce. New York should want Amazon’s jobs, while ensuring more New Yorkers get them.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2018

Op-Ed: Taking on Rochester’s College Success Problem

Graduation rates are alarmingly low at community colleges in Rochester and surrounding counties, and they are making very little progress. College leaders are already developing new models to support student success, but they need state backing to scale up their best ideas.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2018

Op-Ed: Putting Automation on the Mayor’s Agenda

A fully automated city may still be more science fiction than fact, but era-defining changes are already here. The city must prepare for the wave of automation or be left in its wake.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2017

Assessing NYC’s Plan to Create 100,000 Good Jobs

Mayor de Blasio deserves credit for developing a plan to create 100,000 good jobs. But a recent CUF forum made it clear that there are several other promising ideas that, if added to the city’s plan, could bolster middle class job creation and help more low-income New Yorkers access them.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2017

Op-Ed: Tapping NYC’s Community-Based Organizations to Boost College Success

There is a vital ally in the campaign to help more New Yorkers reach graduation day: the city’s constellation of community-based organizations. But policymakers and education officials need to do more to ensure these organizations are integrated throughout the system.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2017

Op-Ed: Next Step for Mayor’s Inequality Agenda: Tackle NYC’s College Success Problem

If Mayor de Blasio is serious about making headway on his signature issue of reducing inequality, his administration should now turn its attention to boosting the rate at which New Yorkers earn a college credential.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2017

Op-Ed: Making Small Business a Bigger Part of the Workforce Equation

The nation’s workforce training and job placement programs have long focused on large businesses. But with small businesses driving economic growth and job creation in cities nationwide, it’s time for smaller employers to become a larger part of the workforce equation.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2017

Op-Ed: Want to Expand Economic Opportunity, Governor Cuomo? Help NYC Tackle Student Success

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature took steps to make college more affordable by launching the Excelsior Scholarship program. Now it’s time to tackle another critical challenge: making sure more students actually graduate with a degree.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2017

Commentary: Taking Career Pathways from Vision to Reality

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has made important progress on Career Pathways, a vital plan to overhaul New York City's workforce development system. But in order to realize the full potential of this transformation, the city needs to commit to implementing what it began nearly four years ago. Here’s how policymakers can take Career Pathways from vision to reality.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2017

Op-Ed: NYC’s Infrastructure Woes Run Deeper than the Subway

If the ongoing subway crisis should remind New York City of anything, it is the dangers of neglecting infrastructure. The city faces at least $47 billion in unmet infrastructure needs just to reach a state of good repair, and any major expansions or sweeping modernizations would cost billions more. With infrastructure in crisis everywhere, officials need to direct sustained funding to these critical needs.

Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2017

Op-Ed: On New York’s Amazon Wishlist? More Homegrown College Graduates

Bids are due today for Amazon’s new headquarters and it seems cities across North America have joined the fray. New York City alone has multiple neighborhoods vying for Bezos’ bounty. However, New York’s ability to lure the world’s fourth largest corporation will hinge on whether its workforce is primed and ready.

Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2017

Op-Ed: Libraries Can Be More Than Just Books

New York has an opportunity, one shared by cities across the country, to improve library infrastructure while creating badly needed housing. By using aging branches as sites for development, new libraries may rise with affordable apartments on top.

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