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A College in the City
This report, commissioned by Dr. William Birenbaum, then the president of the Educational Affiliate of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and later the first president of Staten Island Community College, argues that urban institutions of [...]
Annual Report for CSWS by Patricia Clough
This report described the Center for the Study of Women and Society's (CSWS) research and sponsored programs in the 2005-06 fiscal year. It included the Conviction Project Seminar, the College and Community Fellowship Program, the Community [...]
National Council for Research on Women and the Center for the Study of Women and Society
This October 11, 2006, document provided a description of the Center for the Study of Women and Society (CSWS) for the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) website. The NCRW had initially sent the CSWS a letter of recognition circa 1992, [...]
A Series of Correspondences between Zalk and Orozco
Through the Visiting Scholar program, The Center for the Study of Women and Society (CSWS) supported international scholars impacting communities far beyond CUNY. This 1991-93 collection of primary materials showed the profound and lasting [...]
Directory of CUNY Online Social Platforms
Created in the form of an open-access Google Document on July 12, 2020, this public directory compiled a list of online social platforms associated with the City University of New York (CUNY) (e.g., Discord servers, Subreddits, Facebook groups, [...]
Student Week of Action in Defense of Education
Occupy CUNY circulated this informational leaflet for a “Student Week of Actions” (November 14-21, 2011) in defense of education, and in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The schedule of Graduate Center Events included a student strike, a [...]
Occupy CUNY Curriculum Session Samples
Curriculum made for CUNY classrooms in conjunction with the "Occupy the Octopi" poster (made for an October 21, 2011, Occupy CUNY teach-in at Washington Square Park) and a flyer for the November 17, 2011, OWS Student Strike, both created by the [...]
Graduate Center General Assembly Working Groups
Informational leaflet with a list of Graduate Center General Assembly Working Groups for Fall 2011: direct action, faculty liaison, inclusion, knowledgewerk, press, online presence & media, outreach, structure/process, support, and write in. The [...]
CUNY Faculty Statement of Support for November 17, 2011, Student Strike
CUNY Faculty Statement of Support, written primarily by Graduate Center faculty, for the November 17, 2011, Student Strike, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Several of the CUNY faculty who spearheaded this statement, and a few visiting [...]
Newton Hall Statement
“We as white students, can either be a part of the solution or a part of the problem. At Huey P. Newton Hall of Political Action we are attempting to become a part of the solution.” In solidarity with black and Puerto Rican students, a group of [...]
"A three-pronged experimental approach to the problem of undiscovered college potential among the young men and women of New York City"
This memorandum from Chancellor Bowker’s office called for three new forms of CUNY desegregation programs (pp. 1-2). This “three-pronged experiment” would be excused from CUNY’s general obligation to admit only students with the highest [...]
Minutes from 4/8/1965 CCNY Faculty Council Meeting
In these notes from a liberal arts and sciences faculty council meeting at City College, CCNY President Gallagher describes a tentative plan to admit 100 “disadvantaged” students into an experimental program in fall 1965. After discussion, the [...]
Minutes of April 1965 CCNY "Special Committee"
One week after CCNY President Buell Gallagher obtained faculty approval for its creation, he sat in on this “Special Committee” meeting chaired by Bernard Levy to begin to plan a new racial and social justice admissions and support program that [...]
Letter from Samuel B. Gould to John H. Hughes
In this letter to New York State Senator Hughes, SUNY Chancellor Gould describes the new SUNY SEEK Program. Gould had shown copies to CUNY’s Chancellor Bowker and Julius Edelstein, CUNY’s “Coordinator of Urban Studies,” who had forwarded the [...]
1967 - 1968 Annual Report of the SEEK Program
This is a CUNY-wide report for the SEEK program during the 1967-68 academic year. Included in the document is a cover letter from SEEK director Leslie Berger to CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker, a table of contents, a list of SEEK administrators, and [...]
A New Role for Psychology: Working with Disadvantaged Persons in a College Setting
In this 10-page "position paper," Berger describes and offers a theoretical rationale for the central role of psychological counselors within SEEK. A handwritten note adds an additional source on page 10. Short for "Search for Education, Elevation, [...]
To Help Them Achieve: The Academic Talent Search Project 1966-68, Part II
In the Fall of 1964, (armed with a Rockefeller Foundation grant) Brooklyn College’s School of General Studies launched a 42 student pilot program using Bowker’s model, which it called the “Academic Talent Search Project” or “ATSP.” The [...]
The Pre Baccalaureate Program at the College
In this December 1966 City College Alumnus article, Leslie Berger publicly describes and advocates for the City College SEEK model and challenges all traditional college admissions criteria as incompetent measures of student potential. Short [...]
Statement of Professor John A. Davis
In this 1965 statement Professor John A. Davis demands that his colleagues at City College take action to increase minority representation at the school. He writes that two years had “passed since various units of City College have been [...]
Educational Opportunity Programs: Are They Academically Justifiable?
In this 22-page, July 1969 Milwaukee speech to the first annual conference on educational opportunity programs in higher education, Leslie Berger--director of CUNY's SEEK program--describes the birth and rapid growth of SEEK from 1965 to 1969; [...]
"Pre-Baccalaureate Program Student Statistics -- Fall Term 1965"
This early summary of the first semester of SEEK (then known as the Pre-Baccalaureate Program) details the courses, schedules and teachers for the 113 SEEK students in Fall 1965 at CCNY. These first SEEK students took a mix of mainstream and special [...]
"The Faculty Council Interim Report of the Committee on Enrollment Policy"
This April 1964 report shows the deep conflicts within the CCNY faculty with regards to expanding access to new students. Complaining about limited facilities and student unreadiness, the faculty committee resisted both loosening admissions [...]
LaGuardia Community College - An Assessment of the Needs of the Western Queens Community, 1980
LaGuardia Community College opened in 1971 but in order to expand outreach and continuing education with the communities it served, this needs assessment of various communities in western Queens was undertaken in 1980. This study was initiated by [...]
The Mayor's Advisory Task Force Report: The City University of New York: An Institution Adrift
The Mayor's Advisory Task Force on the City University of New York issued its report, The City University of New York: An Institution Adrift, to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on June 7, 1999. Over the course of their investigation, they reported that [...]
Minutes of Proceedings: Establishing Community College Number Seven
In these minutes of proceedings from a January 22, 1968 meeting of the Board of Higher Education, the Board resolves to create the "Committee to Seek Presidents for Community Colleges Seven and Eight." The committee is first tasked with filling the [...]
Press Release – A New Experimental College
In this press release, The City University of New York's Office of University Relations announces the creation of a new, experimental, two-year college to be "established on a community-oriented basis in central Brooklyn." The press release [...]
Handwritten Notes from a September 12, 1968 Meeting
These handwritten notes are from a September 12, 1968 meeting of CUNY officials concerning the creation of Medgar Evers College. The notes suggest that the criteria for presidential candidates be established and that a selection be made by January [...]
Minutes of the Board of Higher Education - November 25, 1968
These minutes of proceedings from the November 25, 1968 meeting of the Board of Higher Education record the establishment of new admissions criteria for CUNY four-year institutions as well as university-wide budget requests for the following year. [...]
"Post-Secondary Education and the Non-Traditional Deaf Student"
This is the text of a May 1988 presentation prepared by Desiree Duda, academic coordinator of Programs for Deaf Adults at LaGuardia Community College, for the Conference on Post Secondary Education for Hearing Impaired Students. The presentation [...]
"A Case Study in Academic Audacity"
Framing this 2002 case study of LaGuardia Community College around the larger conversation of community colleges nationwide, in this article, LaGuardia Professor Joanne Reitano explores the influence of Fiorello LaGuardia, former mayor of New York, [...]
Handbook for Teachers of Deaf/Hard-Of-Hearing Students
This is a handbook that was created for use by professors at LaGuardia Community College who had "a deaf or hard-of-hearing student in his/her class." The guidebook seeks to educate its readers on the realities of life with a hearing disability [...]
News from The College For Children, January 1986
This January 1986 newsletter from "The College for Children" at LaGuardia Community College provides a brief look into the college's unique program designed for the youth in western Queens. The newsletter includes mention of several course offerings [...]
"Breaking Tradition — Planning and Organizing a Conference on Education and Employment Opportunities"
In this article from the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Robert Jones, a professor at LaGuardia Community College, examines a number of the considerations that are involved in designing and holding a conference aimed at addressing the [...]
Free University Presents Remaking Justice beyond Police, Courts, and Prisons
This workshops pamphlet was created for a May 25, 2014, Free University of New York City event "Remaking Justice beyond Police, Courts, and Prisons" in Battery Park, NY. Workshops were held outdoors at Battery Park and included presentations on [...]
"Subtleties of Resistance" Free University at Kara Walker's A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby
Promotional leaflet for July 5, 2014, Free University-NYC event "Subtleties of Resistance" Free University at Kara Walker's exhibition, A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, at the Domino Sugar Factory, Brooklyn, NY. These site-specific [...]
Free University Week - September 18 Information Packet
"Free Education is a Right" This workshops pamphlet for "Free University Week," September 18-22, 2012, in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, NY announced a variety of topics ranging from Radical Potentiality: Recreating Academic Practices in the [...]
Free University Week - 1st Annual May Day Course Descriptions
This pamphlet features workshops, teach-ins and events planned for the 1st annual Free University of New York City on May 1, 2012, in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, NY. In addition to talks by David Harvey, David Graeber, Francis Fox Piven, Chris [...]
"Education for Deaf Students at LaGuardia Community College"
This article from the CUNY Research Foundation's Annual Report of 1985 highlights the achievements of LaGuardia's programs for Deaf students.
Division of Continuing Education: Annual Report, 1979-80
The Division of Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College produced this Annual Report for 1979-80. It describes the Division's accomplishments, and the range of programs aimed at the diverse communities served by the college, and makes the [...]
LaGuardia Works: LaGuardia Community College, the First 25 Years
This booklet, published in 1997, tells the story of the first 25 years of LaGuardia Community College, from its conception as "Community College Number Nine" in 1968 through its 1971 opening and beyond. The author describes the social and economic [...]