LAGCC in the News: We Take Risks - Learn How We All Benefit
Dear Friends of LaGuardia,
Taking risks is something we do at LaGuardia. We did it almost 40 years ago when a bunch of 20 year olds dreamed of turning industrial buildings in Western Queens into a college that could serve low-income New Yorkers. The articles I want to share with you this month highlight that spirit of bold experimentation, in and out of the classroom.
A recent front-page New York Times article examined how student debt load is growing just as public funding for higher education is decreasing. In a letter to the editor, I call for a renewed commitment to public funding of higher education to allow students to pursue careers that they want and America needs.
Our wonderful partners at the Lumina Foundation, one of the premier foundations helping to shape higher education, have noticed how LaGuardia is revolutionalizing how we measure student learning, one of the most hotly debated and challenging issues facing educators and policymakers. LaGuardia’s faculty are in the vanguard of an effort to use student electronic portfolios, known as e-Portfolio, to assess student knowledge over time. Lumina’s article highlights this innovative work.
The lives of our students, and often our diverse faculty, are quite compelling. Our faculty shatters misperceptions about who is ready for a college education in America, helping to inspire students’ dreams. The Times’ selection of LaGuardia’s Paula Da Silva-Michelin as English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher of the Year, and NY1’s recent coverage of our program for formerly incarcerated and highly at-risk students exemplify this.
The tragedy in Japan mobilized our students to raise funds to help victims of the earthquake, again generating coverage by NY1. It’s not for nothing that we’re known as “the college with the biggest heart.”
Feel free to let me know what you think, and thanks for your continued support of LaGuardia.
The New York Times
Burden of Student Debt
Burden of College Loans on Graduates Grows
Paula Da Silva-Michelin is the 2011 New York Times ESOL Teacher of the Year
Lumina Foundation Focus -Winter 2011
Discerning Learning - Colleges Find New Ways to Show What Students Know
At-Risk Youth Rely on CUNY Catch Program to get GED
LaGuardia Community College Students Raise Money for Japan
Dr. Gail O. Mellow
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