Queensborough Community College
Queensborough Community College, a college of The City University of New York (CUNY), is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, Queens, New York. The College was established in 1959 on the former site of the historic Oakland Golf Club and offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. The College’s transfer programs are designed for students who plan to continue their studies at a four-year institution. Career programs provide the academic foundation and training for students who plan to begin or advance a promising career. Queensborough offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.) and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, as well as non-credit Continuing Education programs. More than 16,000 credit and another 10,000 Continuing Education students are enrolled at Queensborough. Nearly 70 percent of graduates transfer to senior colleges or universities, and others obtain the necessary skills for career advancement.
The College’s student body reflects the diversity of Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City. Students originate from more than 143 countries and more than half speak a language other than English at home. The ethnicity of the student body is almost evenly split among African Americans, Asians, Caucasians and Latinos.
The College has several Dual/Joint Degree programs with its sister CUNY institutions: Nursing with Hunter College and York College; Biotechnology with York College; Criminal Justice and Forensic Accounting with John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and Education with Queens College.
In the fall of 2013, the College launched the Queensborough Academies, a major initiative with the mission of increasing retention and graduation rates through an enriched undergraduate experience. The initiative is built on the Freshman Academies, launched in 2009 through a collaboration of Academic and Student Affairs to provide advisement and support services for full-time, first-time freshmen. The College was recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a national leader in establishing this institution-wide learning environment. The programs’ data on student retention, performance and recommendations from the faculty and staff who worked with them resulted in the decision to expand to the Queensborough Academies and include all full-time students, in all areas of study, for their entire academic career at Queensborough—one of the few community colleges in the country offering such a program on this scale. The Queensborough Academies matches every full-time student to an adviser based on their area of study in one of five Academies: Business; Liberal Arts; Health Related Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA); and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Academy Advisers serve as guides to students, whether they plan to transfer to a senior college or enter the workforce. A key component of this initiative is the High Impact Practices, namely: Writing Intensive; Academic Service Learning; Learning Communities; Collaborative Projects; The Common Intellectual Experience; Undergraduate Research; and Global and Diversity Learning. In addition, a Queensborough Academies website has been created to provide current and prospective students with access to information on curriculum, transfer agreements and potential careers. Moreover, new software technology has been implemented to help advisers intervene when students experience challenges in their studies. Queensborough received one of 19 national grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation toward implementing the new software technology.
The fall of 2014 marked the opening of Business Technology Early College High School (BTECH), an innovative new six-year education program that was developed through the partnership of Queensborough Community College, multinational technology software corporation SAP, the New York City Department of Education and CUNY. The initiative enables students to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree in either Computer Information Systems or Internet Technology. The BTECH school provides applicable experience in the business technology field for students enrolled in BTECH. Faculty at Queensborough Community College designed the core academic curriculum to help students develop a strong background in Liberal Arts & Sciences and educational Technology.
The College has more than 400 full-time faculty members. Nearly 60 percent hold doctoral degrees and are encouraged to undertake research in community college pedagogy, as well as the traditional discipline-based research, to build a “learning culture” for themselves and their students. Faculty are encouraged to use their classrooms to experiment with new approaches to improving learning within their academic disciplines, and are assisted by an in-house resource for faculty called the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning that focuses on research and publications on effective community college pedagogy.
The College is also dedicated to providing cultural and artistic opportunities to students and the community through the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), QCC Art Gallery and the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives. All are integrated into the curriculum and are used as learning laboratories for Queensborough students.
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