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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 Inspires Plan to Create College Savings Accounts for Kindergarteners

Impact - January 2017

CUF Inspires Plan to Create College Savings Accounts for Kindergarteners

In 2013, the Center for an Urban Future called on New York City to launch a kindergarten-to-college savings program, modeled on a successful initiative in San Francisco, to help increase the number of low-income children who go on to attend college. At the end of 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that the city is finally piloting a similar plan, which will create $100 college savings accounts for roughly 10,000 kindergartners

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.

NYC Libraries by the Numbers

Data - June 2015

NYC Libraries by the Numbers

Despite declining funds and limited hours of service, New York City’s public libraries are seeing a surge in users and uses. Below we show where the growth is happening and how funding cuts in recent years have affected performance, and provide the city’s first branch-by-branch accounting of book circulation, program attendance and visits.

NYS Workforce Funding Streams

Data - May 2015

NYS Workforce Funding Streams

These three tables from our Seeking a State Workforce Strategy report track public workforce development funds by program and relate these programs to three larger categories for investment: 1) adult education funding 2) workforce development funding and 3) college access and workforce services in higher education. The tables also indicate where programs receive their funding, what agency or department oversees them and how their funding has changed in the past five years.

Data from Re-Envisioning New York's Branch Libraries

Data - September 2014

Data from Re-Envisioning New York's Branch Libraries

Charts and tables from our Re-Envsioning New York's Branch Libraries report which found that while more New Yorkers than ever are using the city’s public libraries, a significant share of the branches suffer from major physical defects and are poorly configured for how New Yorkers are using libraries today. The report provides a comprehensive blueprint for bringing these vital community institutions into the 21st Century.

Comptroller Candidate Runs with Key Idea from CUF's Innovation and the City Report

Impact - July 2013

Comptroller Candidate Runs with Key Idea from CUF's Innovation and the City Report

In July 2013, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer unveiled a new policy proposal that came straight from CUF and NYU Wagner's Innovation and the City report which profiled 15 of the best policy innovations from other cities that have the potential to be replicated in New York.

CUF Report Leads to Major SBS, DOE, CUNY Program that Connects CTE Students with Employers

Impact - June 2013

CUF Report Leads to Major SBS, DOE, CUNY Program that Connects CTE Students with Employers

Our May 2008 report Schools That Work urged for stronger institutional support for CTE programs. SBS, DOE and CUNY ran with our recommendation in a big way.

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.

CUF Report About NYC's Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

Impact - April 2013

CUF Report About NYC's Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new proposal to harness the incredible power of New York City's branch libraries. The proposal was sparked by our January 2013 Branches of Opportunity report about the increasingly important role that the city's public libraries are playing in communities around the five boroughs.

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