A college degree is now, more than ever, a crucial building block for success in New York City as well as the national and global economy.

Those who earn a college degree fair better economically, live healthier lives, and contribute more time and resources to their local communities. However, a large portion of young adults in New York City graduate high school and enter college ill-equipped to meet the challenges and to complete college level work. Lower college readiness and completion is especially prevalent and problematic among low-income, first generation, English language learners, students of color, and other undeserved students in New York City.

To reverse these patterns, several programs have been created at CUNY to help students excel in college, navigate the college landscape and help students earn a college degree in a timely manner. Our office partners with and supports the practitioners, policymakers, and researchers that help address issues of college completion.

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We support research, evaluation, and data management initiatives for:


Meet our staff who specialize in research and evaluation of college completion programs and initiatives: