What Are LaGuardia's Achieving the Dream Goals?

We have three challenging, but essential goals, to reach. In 8 years we seek to:



Increase the Graduation Rate to 47%
Today, slightly more than one out of four students (27%) graduate within six years. While far better than the national average for community colleges (16%), we need to dramatically improve our graduation rate. In Fall 2009, 4,400 new students entered LaGuardia. We would have to graduate 2,068 students to meet this goal; this is 880 more students over the course of six years.



Increase the Pass Rate Out of Basic Skills to 80%
More than three out of four LaGuardia students must take at least one remedial course in reading, writing or math while in college. Too many students are unable to pass out of their basic skills classes, resulting in considerably lower graduation rates for students needing basic skills. However, students who successfully finish basic skills have about the same graduation rate as those who never needed basic skills. Right now, about half (49% in Fall 2008) completed basic skills. Our goal is to have 80% of students completing basic skills.



80% of LaGuardia's GED students fully prepared for college-level work
GED programs give individuals a second-chance to earn a high school degree and open up the doors for them to earn a college degree or certificate. LaGuardia is one of many educational institutions providing GED courses. One of the many advantages of attending LaGuardia's GED program is that we can help students prepare for and envision themselves entering college. Our programs are designed to create pathways for GED graduates to obtain a post-secondary education. Unfortunately, the coursework needed to pass the GED falls short, particularly in math education, of what students need to begin taking credit-bearing courses. Today, only one out of five students (20%) does not need any basic skills courses. Our goal is that in 8 years we will have 80% of LaGuardia's GED graduates fully prepared for college-level work.


How is LaGuardia Trying to Achieve the Dream?

Under the direction of President Mellow, a committee of faculty, staff and students was appointed, dubbed the "Dream Team," to explore the data and research that will inform the College as we consider the strategies and interventions needed to improve student success. The Dream Team's work is coordinated by our two co-chairs, Jane MacKillop, Associate Dean of Academic and Career Development, Adult and Continuing Education, and Michael Rodriguez, Professor, Chair/Humanities Department, Academic Affairs. To find out members of the "Dream Team" click here .