The City University of New York has long maintained a strong bond with its community, intertwined with the major civic, economic and social issues affecting each era.
Fueled by record enrollments, CUNY is generating billions of dollars in needed construction and renovation on campuses throughout the five boroughs, benefiting students as well as economic development in the city. CUNY’s capital investment program – representing 20 percent of city construction today – is modernizing aging facilities, renovating historic buildings and building energy-efficient, state-of-the-art centers of learning for the 21st century. An Infusion of nearly $10 billion in new facilities over the last 15 years has produced 14,000 jobs in New York City.
CUNY’s diverse faculty provides instruction, workforce training and research in the ever-expanding body of disciplines required to meet the needs of the city’s evolving economy. The University has conferred more than 1.3 million degrees in the past 45 years, and surveys indicate that more than three-quarters of its graduates remain in the city. CUNY colleges account for more than a third of the business and finance degrees awarded by New York City institutions, about one-third of the city’s public school teachers and a high percentage of the nurses and health and science technicians employed by local medical facilities. The University produces hundreds of computer scientists, specialists and engineering professionals each year. And over the years, it has created cutting-edge programs for tens of thousands of city agency workers.
Through collaborations with other city institutions, nonprofit groups and private entities, the University contributes in ways that directly benefit the everyday lives of individuals and their communities. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at more than 400 city high schools.