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Taking to TASC: Too Few New Yorkers Are Passing the High School Equivalency Exam

Data - March 2017

Taking to TASC: Too Few New Yorkers Are Passing the High School Equivalency Exam

After the New York State Department of Education switched from the GED to a new high school equivalency exam, TASC, in 2014, the number of New York adults obtaining their HSE fell by half. The Center’s report is a first-ever look at the number of the New Yorkers that are taking and passing the new HSE exam since New York State changed test providers.

CUF Report Inspires Funding for CUNY ASAP Program

Impact - October 2015

CUF Report Inspires Funding for CUNY ASAP Program

CUF’s Mobility Makers report called on the city to expand City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs initiative. Mayor de Blasio and the City Council have done just that with $42 million in new funding to expand the program.

Data from Completion Day

Data - June 2013

Data from Completion Day

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's 2013 report Completion Day. The report found that community colleges are a critical resource for a growing number of New Yorkers and a key component of the state's economic competitiveness but are taken for granted by policymakers and continue to face enormous challenges in graduating students.

Mayor's State of the City speech echoes CUF ideas: Community Colleges

Impact - January 2012

Mayor's State of the City speech echoes CUF ideas: Community Colleges

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg delivered his State of the City speech. We are heartened that some of the new policy proposals outlined in the mayor's speech—from expanding the number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools to creating permanent rehearsal and studio spaces for the arts—were greatly influenced by our reports.

Data from Mobility Makers

Data - November 2011

Data from Mobility Makers

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's November 2011 report on NYC's community colleges. The report found that community colleges are crucial platforms for economic mobility in today's knowledge economy, but showed that too few of those enrolled in these institutions actually graduate.

State Adopts CUF Recommendation For Improving Community Colleges

Impact - January 2011

State Adopts CUF Recommendation For Improving Community Colleges

At a New York State Assembly hearing in mid-December on strengthening student success in higher education, CUF senior fellow Thomas Hilliard testified that "the state should overhaul the base funding model for community colleges to reflect state policy goals. Roughly one month later, state leaders have already moved in this direction.

Mayor Bloomberg endorses our recommendation to make community colleges engines of mobility

Impact - August 2009

Mayor Bloomberg endorses our recommendation to make community colleges engines of mobility

A key recommendation from our Reviving the City of Aspiration report was that "city and state officials must embrace community colleges as engines of mobility and dedicate the resources necessary to strengthen these institutions and ensure that a greater number of middle class, poor and working poor New Yorkers can attend these schools and complete their degrees." City officials are now running with our suggestion.