What is ASAP?
ASAP is designed to help motivated community college students earn
their degrees as quickly as possible, with a goal of graduating at least
50% of students within three years. In fall 2007 thanks to funding from
the Office of the Mayor's Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), 208
skills proficient students became the pilot LaGuardia ASAP cohort. Key
ASAP features include a consolidated block schedule, small class size,
required full-time study and comprehensive advisement and career
development services. Financial incentives include tuition waivers for
financial aid eligible students and free use of textbooks and monthly
Metrocards for all students.
As of September 2010, CUNY ASAP has surpassed its original graduation target and helped 621 students, or 54.9% of its original Fall 2007 cohort of 1,132 students, earn their associate degrees within three years. A comparison group of similar CUNY community college students had a 3-year graduation rate of 24%. The ASAP graduation rate is more than three times the national 3-year graduation rate of 16% for urban community colleges.(CUNY Central)
“We have a motto in ASAP which is, ‘Make it Happen’,” said
LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow. “LaGuardia
Community College students are certainly making it happen. Our ASAP
program is on track to graduate more than 50 percent of our students.
ASAP’s investment is paying huge dividends and provides important
insights into what’s needed to help students keep on track towards
How is ASAP doing?
Awesome. Based on strong 2-year and 3-year graduation
rates, ASAP admitted 242 students since fall 2009 and will take in
approximately 70 more for fall 2011. Since 2009, ASAP cohorts are made up of
students who require remedial course work and can demonstrate financial need.
We have helped over 80% of our required students make progress beyond the remedial course work due to the
intensive and dedicated tutors and academic advisors. Program expansion is made
possible thanks to extension of funding from the Mayor's Center for Economic
Opportunity (CEO) and a generous grant from the RobinHood Foundation which has
supported program expansion and a 5-year random assignment study of ASAP led by
MDRC, a well-regarded social research policy organization. Additional funding
has also been provided by the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women to
launch a transfer scholarship program for high-performing ASAP 2-year graduates
who matriculated to CUNY senior colleges in fall 2009 and 2010.
Due to a variety of stresses and responsibilities, too many community
college students are not able to complete their Associate degrees in a
timely manner, if at all. ASAP helps to eliminate these stresses by
providing select community college students with the academic, social,
and financial support they need to graduate with an Associate in Arts or
Associate in Applied Science degree in no more than three years.
The Accelerated Study in Associate Programs creates a comprehensive
response to the difficulties confronting community college students.
ASAP students study in small, connected groups with similar interests
and goals. The classes are taught by faculty who are committed to
helping ASAP students realize their full potential, and a range of
scheduling options allows students to attend classes without interfering
with other responsibilities. Additionally, an experienced full-time
advisor guides each student’s progress and helps them plan for their
futures – particularly with the application process for transferring
into four-year bachelor’s programs. In fact, 64 percent of ASAP
two-year graduates have already transferred into a CUNY four-year
ASAP has a part-time Hunter College Social Work Intern onsite to assist students with personal matters, counseling may be offered in limited circumstances at the ASAP office from September through May. However, in the event that our social work intern is unavailable, students can receive counseling from our Counseling Department, located in B-100, (718) 482-5250.
Counselors help students develop the skills needed to overcome personal problems that are interfering with their academic progress. Some of the personal issued for which students seek counseling include: family issues/conflicts, drug and alcohol related problems, sexual concerns, self-confidence, anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, developing a sense of identity, and loss and bereavement. Students receive personal counseling services through individual short-term counseling sessions, and counselors may make referrals to outside agencies when necessary. The counseling relationship is completely confidential and private!
How do I apply?
Recruitment for Fall 2014 is now open! Click here for more information.