When Stella and Charles Guttman Community College opened its doors in August 2012, it was CUNY’s first new community college in over four decades. The College offers associate degree programs as part of an innovative model with an emphasis on experiential education, the adoption of learning communities and instructional teams, and a strong value placed on being simultaneously “high tech” and “high touch.” The College provides a supportive environment that nurtures student success with the goal to increase the graduation rate for its students.

All students begin in the required Summer Bridge Program and engage fulltime in a city-centered first-year experience before starting their major coursework in one of five degree programs. Instructional teams comprising faculty members, student success advocates, graduate coordinators, peer mentors and library staff create a rich classroom environment complemented by an integrated advisement program to help students stay on the path to graduation.

Guttman’s unique academic model has resulted in remarkable student outcomes.  The three-year graduation rate of 49% for the 2012 inaugural class exceeded the goal of 35% set when the College opened in 2012. This rate is significantly higher than the three-year national graduation rate at Large City two-year colleges (18%, IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey 2016). The three-year graduation rate of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 classes are 44% and 46%, and 43% respectively. More than 50% of the inaugural cohort have graduated from Guttman, and many have now completed bachelor’s degrees at CUNY and other senior colleges. In August 2018, Guttman was rated as the number one community college in New York by BestColleges.com.

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