LaGuardia in the News: DARE TO DO MORE
Dear Friends of LaGuardia,
When LaGuardia Community College was founded as Community College Number Nine nearly 40 years ago, providing high-quality, affordable college education to the most underserved and the poorest populations in the city was our main charge. We haven’t veered from that commitment.
I spoke with The New York Times higher education reporter Lisa Foderaro when she visited LaGuardia to examine how we address the education needs of the vast number of students who aren’t ready for college-level work. Her article below “CUNY Adjusts Amid Tide of Remedial Students,” reveals the national scope of the problem and the dedicated, often brilliant work of faculty to quickly get students ready for college.
Our legacy is to craft maverick solutions to solve seemingly intractable educational problems. The Chronicle of Higher Education article below spotlights our GED Bridge programs’ unprecedented success in helping students pass the GED exam at almost double the citywide rate, and then have almost two-thirds of these students enter college. LaGuardia’s GED Bridge program is profoundly important in addressing the educational needs of Americans who never graduated from high school, but know that economic mobility is directly tied to getting more education.
The key to student success is our faculty. Treating their classrooms and our neighborhood as labs of innovation, they test new approaches. Here you’ll read about these innovations in teaching. The Times spotlighted one of our faculty who uses the paper to build reading and writing skills for her ESL students. In our dynamic theater program, faculty are bringing together local thespians and LaGuardia students to create “Second Language,”
a play about learning a second language that was performed in our community.
Feel free to let me know what you think, and thanks for your continued support of LaGuardia.
The New York Times: CUNY Adjusts Amid Tide of Remedial Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education: As a Path to a Degree, the GED Is Rerouted With Students' Needs in Mind
The New York Times: Reader Idea | ‘One in Eight Million’ for English Language Learners
Times Ledger: LaGuardia Students Take Stage at Chocolate Factory
Dr. Gail O. Mellow