REPS Team Supports Testimony to the New York City Council

REPS researchers attended an October 23 New York City Council hearing on associate degree-earning opportunities for New York City high school students, including CUNY’s Early College Initiative (ECI). Vanessa Paul (Research Analyst II) and Vandeen Campbell (Assistant Director) provided analyses to support testimony on ECI given by Cass Conrad, the University Dean for K-16 initiatives, and John Mogulescu, the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Professional Studies. New York City Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg, Kingsborough Early College Secondary School (KECSS) Principal Tracee Murren, and Leara Marshall, graduate and teacher at KECSS, also testified at the hearing.

The REPS team—which also includes Paul Agnello (Research Fellow), Millie Symns (Research Analyst II), and Andrew Byrum (Research Assistant)—works closely with ECI, which offers students at participating high schools the opportunity to obtain college credits and/or earn their associate degrees early. Campbell and the ECI team supported Conrad’s testimony with data on ECI high school enrollment patterns, college credit attainment in high school, and associate degrees earned both in high school and after enrolling in CUNY. The City Council members were interested in the extent to which black and Hispanic students had access to the program, and how many credit-earning students subsequently enrolled in CUNY and earned their associate degrees early.

City Council members expressed interest in the costs and benefits of the different ECI program models and the transferability of credits towards ECI graduates’ postsecondary degree programs.  As Campbell noted, these are important areas for future research.