Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is CUNY’s first new community college in over four decades. Inspired by former CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s desire to drastically improve graduation rates for students with a diverse range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds who have often been underserved by higher education, the College officially opened its doors in midtown Manhattan, overlooking Bryant Park, on August 20, 2012.
The College offers associate degree programs as part of an innovative model with an emphasis on experiential education, the adoption of learning communities and instructional teams, and a strong value placed on being simultaneously “high tech” and “high touch.” The College provides a supportive environment that nurtures student success with the goal to increase the graduation rate for our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. All students begin in the required Summer Bridge Program and engage fulltime in a city-centered first-year experience before starting their major coursework in one of five degree programs. Instructional teams comprising faculty members, student success advocates, graduate coordinators, peer mentors and library staff create a rich classroom environment complemented by an integrated advisement program to help students stay on the path to graduation.
Guttman Community College enrolled its first class of 289 students in fall 2012 with the goal of achieving a three-year graduation rate of 35% for its first cohort. After two years, approximately 80 students from the College’s inaugural class (around 28%) graduated on August 27, which is significantly higher than the two-year national graduation rate at Large City community colleges (6.3%, IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey). In addition, the College is on track to meet or exceed its three-year graduation goal, which will be considerably higher than the three-year national graduation rate at Large City community colleges (14.6%, IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey). Among this year’s graduating class, approximately 73 students are continuing their studies at four-year colleges; 64 enrolled at CUNY senior colleges.
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