Lessons in Navigating College Transition (LINCT)

LINCT is a college access program whose primary goal is to reduce traditional barriers to enrollment at CUNY by ensuring that students who graduate from NYC public high schools enter college academically eligible to take and succeed in credit-bearing courses. LINCT’s year-long ELA and Math courses are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and are offered in students’ high school as part of students’ regular school day and course sequence. The curricula, developed and supported by CUNY’s LINCT Instructional Team, engage students in high-interest content. In ELA, students develop academic literacy skills through topics in introductory psychology and sociology. In math, they focus on proportional reasoning, algebra, statistics, and non-routine problem solving. The courses are intended to prepare students for college placement exams and a range of college and career readiness and life skills. As part of our unique model, the LINCT team at CUNY provides intensive and highly popular cohort-based professional development and instructional coaching to DOE teachers beginning in the summer and extending throughout the school year.

       The LINCT curriculum was designed by a CUNY-led team and reviewed by over 30 high school teachers and faculty members from across New York State. It was initially developed as part of the NYS Transition Course Initiative, a partnership between the New York State Education Department, SUNY, and CUNY.


The LINCT English Language Arts (ELA) course consists of two semester-long modules designed to be offered in sequence. Through highly engaging topics in psychology and sociology, the curriculum supports students in developing the literacy skills most important for success in college-level work and careers: reading, writing, academic vocabulary, and test-taking. These disciplinary areas are typically “high-enrollment/high-fail” courses: college freshmen enroll in them to satisfy general education requirements, but often do not pass because they lack the skills necessary to do so. The course focuses on making the reading process explicit and on enabling students to manage the thinking processes and reading and writing strategies needed to learn from texts. Through close attention to language and text structure, students learn to identify important ideas, analyze and paraphrase textual information and authors’ points of view, identify and analyze ideas and information, and work with vocabulary in context.i As the course progresses, students practice annotating texts with questions, paraphrases, summaries and elaborations to connect information within and across texts. The curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop academic writing skills and it includes frequent work in writing-to-learn, summarizing, and response writing—a typical college writing task and the basis of the CUNY Assessment Test for Writing. The curriculum is aligned closely to the Common Core State Standards for ELA Literacy in Grades 11-12 in Reading (Literature and Informational Texts), Writing, Language, and Speaking and Listening.


The LINCT mathematics course is designed for students who passed the Algebra 1 Regents exam with low scores and it addresses the mathematical demands that these students experience as they transition from high school to college. The curriculum focuses on essential topics in proportional reasoning, algebra, statistics, and problem solving, with optional additional units in advanced algebra and trigonometry. The curriculum provides reformed approaches and non-routine problem solving to re-engage students in seeking deeper conceptual understandings. The LINCT math topics bridge the disconnect between the various math standards and assessments (e.g. Common Core State Standards, Accuplacer and other college placement test models). The curriculum draws on research on common difficulties that students face in college math and it specifically aims to prepare students who have historically struggled with math for success on the CUNY placement exam and in common college math coursework for non-STEM majors. It also includes applications of mathematics in anticipation of a wide range of post-secondary careers and everyday life.