Strategic Investment Initiative Funded Proposals (2015‐16)

Each of CUNY’s 24 colleges and professional schools received funding for at least one project. Descriptions of funded projects can be viewed below.

Baruch College received funds to improve learning outcomes in courses with structured knowledge through adaptive learning technologies.

Brooklyn College has received funding to enhance environmental science education and scholarship by leveraging partnerships with the newly established and CUNY-led Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay.

City College was awarded funding for a new initiative, City Online that will create the infrastructure for and offer fully online degree programs to students for whom regular attendance at on‐campus classes is precluded by work or family responsibilities or geographic location. Also, building on the intentions of its new office dedicated to strengthening and expanding the educational experience of first‐year students, City received additional funds for a series of programs and processes designed to address existing challenges related to transition, retention and academic success of first time freshman and transfer students.

College of Staten Island received funding to expand advisement and academic support initiatives for students in STEM majors and Gateway courses, as well as initiatives aimed at increasing the academic success of historically at-risk populations.

Hunter College was awarded funding for “On-Track at Hunter,” a new project to provide students with reliable, accurate and integrated information sources and tools for planning their academic path and reducing obstacles, particularly related to academic and financial planning. Hunter also received funds for the trial implementation of a prototype flexible-virtual lab design that encourages collaborative learning and allows for shared use of space among STEM disciplines, as well as resources for strengthening physical and human infrastructure to support online, hybrid, and HyFlex courses that will increase Pathways and other high-demand course offerings.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice has received funding to accelerate the growth of John Jay Online—which launched its first fully online Master’s program in 2014—by establishing online an undergraduate degree completion program, two masters programs, a sub-set of high-demand courses, experiential learning opportunities, virtual internships, five certificate programs, an intensive faculty development program, and a tool kit for CUNY colleges to help increase collaborative efforts to advance online education. Additionally, John Jay was awarded funds to expand use of digital portfolio software in order to make this tool available to all students from point of entry.

Lehman College received funding for three related projects intended to redesign instruction, curriculum, and experiential learning in STEM. The projects will redesign introductory gateway courses, create new interdisciplinary majors, and build an experiential learning program linking classroom and career opportunities.

Medgar Evers College has received funding to support a social entrepreneurship and social justice program which will include an Entrepreneur in Residence Program as well as faculty development, curriculum development, student training, internship stipends, planning and execution of workshops and conferences, student training, and study abroad travel in developing countries. MEC was also awarded funds to expand online education and digital instructional technology through Medgar Evers College Online.

New York City College of Technology was awarded funding to develop new programs that will prepare students with skills needed to meet workplace needs, particularly by expanding internship opportunities and focused preparation initiatives. Additionally, City Tech has received funding for a new research initiative that will expand opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in semester or longer-term research with faculty mentors and develop course-based research experiences for students at the critical fourth semester of associate degrees programs in engineering technology.

York College received funding to accelerate curricular development of three new full or partial online Nursing degree programs. The funding will also be used for advanced lab simulation equipment for Nursing and Physician Assistant programs, both of which serve critical economic, educational, and healthcare needs in Queens.

Queens College has received funds to support four faculty teams that will work to expand its online education offerings. This initiative will create new online and hybrid course offerings in highly enrolled majors based on faculty proposals, and generate a revenue sharing plan and develop a faculty handbook for online education to ensure best practices. Queens College was also awarding funding to support the physical and administrative establishment of an Office of International Programs convening current offices supporting study abroad, global education, and international students/scholars. With additional funds, Queens will also launch “We Want You Back,” a strategic effort to target, engage, and re-enroll approximately 1,300 students in good academic standing who withdrew from the college.

The Graduate Center has received funding to expand the technical capacity of its Digital Initiatives Program through partnerships with Mozilla Science, Software Carpentry, NYC Media Lab, and other technology training programs. Efforts will include investment in physical and virtual IT resources, increased support for project-based labs, curriculum development, and the introduction of digital bootcamps to train students, staff, and faculty in high-demand computing skills.

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism has received funding to establish an Immersive Video Project. This will entail purchasing virtual reality and other specialized immersive‐video cameras and software, and hiring technical assistants and adjuncts to work with students and faculty to incorporate immersive video projects into class assignments, new courses, workshops and public events. Additional funding will be used to procure the equipment necessary to launch a web TV podcast focused on the emerging NY tech sector, in partnership with TWiT Netcast Network.

CUNY Law School was awarded funding for a new Student Success Project that will expand the use of digital technology to facilitate student engagement and establish a mentoring and bar exam study support program that builds on and bridges the existing Pipeline to Justice and Bar Mentoring programs.

CUNY School of Professional Studies has received funding to extend access to online General Education courses to all CUNY students through the CUNY Online Core project, starting in FY 16 by developing a cadre of teaching faculty and high quality Master Course sites.

CUNY School of Public Health has received funding to create the Healthy CUNY App: Your Path to Success, a portal designed to link CUNY students to the services and resources that can help them overcome health problems that block academic progress and contribute to college dropout. A design team of CUNY students and staff, along with app-development consultants, will develop and test prototypes, consult with relevant organizations, and design and pilot communications campaigns.

Macaulay Honors College received funding for a collaborative project with the Business School of the College of Staten Island, the Graduate School of Journalism, the School of Public Health, and the School of Professional Studies, to work with partners in the New York tech sector (including Verizon, Princeton SciTech, Microsoft, and the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline) to develop industry-relevant, applied degree and certificate programs in computer science. Macaulay was also awarded funding to create international partnerships with seven leading universities with high quality environmental studies programs, to help CUNY establish itself as a premier center for advancing environmental change management.

Borough of Manhattan Community College has received funding to expand the Finish Line Tuition Waiver Program, which aims to incentivize students to continue enrollment during the winter and summer sessions as a means of increasing credit accumulation and maintaining academic momentum.

Bronx Community College received funding to expand its digital footprint so that students have more online course options, including more substantive and diversified offerings. This will involve making professional development in online course development available to both full- and part-time faculty, and increasing the number of technology-enhanced classrooms on campus.

Guttman Community College received funding to scale its First Year Experience program, to ensure that as student and faculty populations grow, the school can continue to provide the same high quality pedagogy and curriculum to FYE students. Additional funding was awarded to Guttman for two separate proposals related to experiential learning. First, the funds will allow Guttman to create PREP for Success, an innovative, strategic skills-based internship initiative that will help students develop and apply critical job readiness skills. Second, Guttman will create ELO: Breaking Boundaries, to provide professional development opportunities for faculty and increase their capacity to develop, deliver, and assess effective experiential learning opportunities that leverage academic technology.

Hostos Community College has received funding to develop an integrated advisement model that re-envisions and redesigns existing services in this area, enabling the college to move toward a unified advisement procedure targeted toward student needs. Hostos also received funding to establish a Construction Industry Workforce Development program, which is designed so that students will be prepared to enter the workforce at any point, while also allowing them to return to their academic pursuits so that they may further their professional skills and opportunities. Additionally, Hostos was awarded funds to support a Reading and Writing Skills Development Program that will improve outcomes and effectiveness of developmental English and ESL courses.

Kingsborough Community College was awarded funding to support a strategic plan for improving student success, retention, and completion. KCC also received funds to create a Textbook Lending Initiative for students who participate in the college’s Learning Communities each semester, as well as funds for developing a series of career-related education programs, with the goal of providing students with skills for meaningful employment and a pipeline for advanced education.

LaGuardia Community College received funds to develop, test, and refine new digital advising systems that will strengthen the effectiveness of advising, and advance progress toward degree completion. LaGuardia was also awarded funds to launch an Advancing Industrial and Manufacturing Pipeline program, which will leverage the college’s design and tech incubator and its fabrication lab to provide students with experiential learning and internship opportunities.

Queensborough Community College received funding to support a major initiative to improve student readiness, persistence, completion, and transfer. Through four organizational units—pre-admission, pre-enrollment, retention, and transfer—the funding will support the development and launch of services including boot camps, test prep, use of technology, high impact practices and assessment of general education outcomes, and coordinated support of students preparing for transfer.