Developmental Education at CUNY

Strong foundations in reading, writing, and mathematics are essential for college success. New college students are often fully prepared for rigorous learning experiences, but some benefit from additional preparation. Developmental education (sometimes called remediation) is one way students can reinforce their basic skills. Across CUNY, there are many forms of developmental education including short workshops and semester-length classes. They are offered at many times throughout the year, and some of the programs are low- or no-cost. Developmental education is a key to making progress toward earning a degree.

University Skills Immersion Programs (USIP)

Immersion programs provide students with opportunities to complete developmental education through intensive workshops and courses. While most of the USIP programs are offered before the fall semester starts, they are also offered between or during semesters. Since 1985, CUNY immersion programs have been offered tuition free to students who need additional preparation in reading, writing, and mathematics. The Office of Undergraduate Studies convenes the coordinators of CUNY’s developmental immersion programs to share expertise, resources, and best practices across the colleges. We are expanding evidence-based practice, evaluating our interventions, and reviewing CUNY’s policies concerning immersion and other developmental programs.

Baruch College

Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC) Immersion Program

Michele Doney, Director, Student Academic Consulting Center and Immersion Programs

Brooklyn College

Richard Vento, Director of Learning Center
Phone: 646-312-4833


The City College of New York

Shailesh Thacker, Director, Office of Evaluation and Testing
Phone: 212-650 6485

College of Staten Island

Office of Academic Support Immersion Programs

Linda Sharib, Academic Program Director
Phone: 718-982-3966

Chrisanthi Anastopoulou, Associate Director, Immersion Programs
Phone: 718-982-4074

Hunter College

Pamela Clark, Director of SEEK Program
Phone: 212-772-4033

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Early Start Program

Kate Szur, Senior Director of Student Academic Success Program
Phone: 212-237-8041

Wynne Ferdinand, Associate Director of First Year Program
Phone: 646-557-4868

Lehman College

Steven Wyckoff, Director, Freshman Programs and English Composition

Zenaida Bough, Assistant Director, Freshman Programs

Medgar Evers College

Ivor Baker, Lecturer and Coordinator of Developmental Skills
Phone: 718-270-4949


New York City College of Technology

First Year Summer and January Programs (FYSP)

Lauri Aguirre, First Year Programs Director
Phone: 718-260-5967

Queens College

Academic Support Center Immersion Courses

Howard Kleinmann, Director, Academic Support Center
Phone: 718-997-5670

York College

University Skills Immersion Program

Les Raphael, Director of Academic Skills / School Outreach
Phone: 718-262-2899

Nawrin Fariha, Immersion Coordinator
Phone: 718-262-2320

Bronx Community College

Coordinated Undergraduate Education

Sahidha Odige, Academic Support Service Manager
Phone: 718-289-5698

Alexander Ott, Associate Dean for Curriculum Matters and Academic Programs
Phone: 718-289-5497


Borough of Manhattan Community College

Immersion Programs

Barbara Lawrence, Immersion Program Coordinator
Phone: 212-220-1349

Janice Zummo, Asst. Dean for Academic Support Services
Phone: 212-776-6256

Hostos Community College

Sarah Brennan, Executive Associate to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: 718-518-6753

Silvia Reyes

Karina Castro, Coordinator of the Honors Program and Immersion Workshops

Kingsborough Community College

Immersion Program

Maria Scordaras, Director of Immersion Program
Phone: 718-368-5358

LaGuardia Community College

The First Year Institute

Daryl Davis, Director of First Year Program
Phone: 718-482-5395

Queensborough Community College

Andrea Salis,  Faculty Fellow for Academic Affairs
Phone: 718-281-5146

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