CUNY in the Bronx Make History With New Pact

July 3, 2014 4:57 pm Uncategorized

Center: (From left) Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President of Hostos Community College, Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, President of Lehman College, and Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph, President of Bronx Community College sign the historic pact on July 3, 2014.

The Presidents of the three CUNY colleges in the Bronx—Lehman College, Bronx Community College, and Hostos Community College—just signed a pact that made students’ lives much easier.

They also made history.

All three schools—CUNY in the Bronx—agreed to a historic “Reverse Transfer System”—the first College in New York City and New York State to do so, and in the process showing once again, that all three institutions are innovative education leaders.

Reverse Transfer systems are part of a national educational trend. Colleges in Texas, Nebraska, Michigan, North Carolina and Missouri, to name a few, have been creating such systems for several years to increase students’ success rates.

Simply put the new system would allow students at one of the community colleges to take any credits they earn at Lehman College and advance them towards their Associate Degree at their home school. In that sense credits earned at Lehman will be “transferred back” to Hostos and Bronx Community, enabling those students to increase the likelihood of graduating on time.

“This pact will not only make life easier for students, many of whom are Bronx-based, but it will help increase graduation rates,” said Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, President of Lehman College. “And when students complete their two-year Associate Degree, after tasting the success and satisfaction that brings, they are more likely to go on and earn a four-year degree and join the workforce. I would like to thank my colleagues Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President of Hostos Community College, and Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph, President of Bronx Community College, for helping to make this possible.”

All three college Presidents were on hand on July 3rd to sign the historic document which goes into effect immediately.

“This was a labor of collaboration between all three schools,” said Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “This isn’t just about retention rates, it’s also about justice and giving the students credit for the knowledge they have accrued.”

Added Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph of BCC: “This is a national ‘best practice’ that community colleges around the nation are doing. The research shows that students who complete an Associate Degree are more likely to complete a B.A.”