Getting in and Staying in: Challenging the College Completion Gap

The CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Roosevelt House & The City University of New York

Getting in and Staying in:

Challenging the College Completion Gap

Purpose: This two-day conference will examine the college preparation and completion rates of public school students in public colleges and universities, with specific attention to deeply troubling inequities between different student populations. Program speakers will refer to data and research on college readiness and college completion, highlighting issues of race and socioeconomic status both for students considered college ready and those deemed underprepared. Presenters will call attention to programmatic strategies and policy levers that will markedly improve high school and college success while narrowing gaps by race and socioeconomic status.

Day 1:          Location: The Century Association, 7 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

  • 5:15 – 6:00 pm, Public Reception
  • 6:00 – 7:15 pm, Public Address, “Getting in and Staying in: The National Picture”
    • Welcome and Introduction, David Steiner, Dean, Hunter College School of Education
    • Michael Lomax, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund and Board Member, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Day 2:        Location: Roosevelt House,  47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am, Buffet breakfast
  • 8:30 – 8:55 am, Welcome and Review
    • Welcoming Remarks, Jennifer Raab, President, Hunter College
    • Opening Remarks, James Milliken, Chancellor, CUNY
    • John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean, CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • 9:00 – 10:30 am, Panel I: “Academic Rigor and Instructional Support”
    • Panelists:
      • Vanessa Coca, Research Fellow, the Research Alliance for New York City Schools
      • Gayle Cooper-Shpirt, Director of College Transition Curriculum and Instruction, CUNY Office of Academic Affairs
      • Josipa Roksa, Associate Professor of Sociology and Education, University of Virginia, Associate Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • 10:30 – 10:45 am, Coffee Break
  • 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, Panel II: “Increasing Social Capital in High School and College”
    • Panelists:
      • Rick Cruz, Assistant Superintendent, College Readiness, Houston Independent School District
      • Cass Conrad, Executive Director, Early College and School Support Organization, CUNY Office of Academic Affairs
      • Vivian Louie, Program Officer, W.T. Grant Foundation
    • Address: John Rose, Dean for Diversity and Compliance, Hunter College
  • 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm, Lunch and Discussion
    • Address: Deputy Mayor Richard Buery
  • 1:45 – 3:00 pm, Panel III:  “Leadership for Change in Higher Education”
    • Panelists
      • Alison Kadlec, Senior Vice President, Public Agenda
      • Nicola Blake, Assistant Professor of English and Instructional Team Leader, Guttman Community College
      • Donna Linderman, University Associate Dean for Student Success Initiatives, CUNY Office of Academic Affairs
  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm, Closing remarks, David Steiner, Dean, Hunter College School of Education