Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is CUNY’s first new community college in over four decades. Inspired by former CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s desire to drastically improve graduation rates for students with a diverse range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds who have often been underserved by higher education, the College officially opened its doors in midtown Manhattan, overlooking Bryant Park, on August 20, 2012.

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 our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. 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, which includes a 28% to 30% two-year graduation rate for the College’s first three cohorts, and three-year graduation rates of 49% and 44%.  These outcomes far exceed the national average for urban public community colleges.  Four years from their start at Guttman, more than 50% of the inaugural cohort have graduated from Guttman, and several have already completed Bachelor’s degrees at CUNY senior colleges and many more are on track to do so this year. In August 2016, Guttman was rated as the number one community college in New York by EDSmart.org, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and ranking.

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