Dear Common Community,
Manfred Phillipp, our colleague from Lehman College, passed this piece along to us on the UFS LISTSERV. The Education Trust, in a report issued yesterday, concluded that five colleges across the country “are doing a good job of serving low-income students”. Two of the five are CUNY colleges: Queens and Baruch. The Chronicle of Higher Education summarized the report and commented that the data is a bit complex and that the researchers had established an “unusually high bar”. Essentially three criteria were used:
1. Four-year colleges had to cost no more than $4,600 a year after all grants for students in households earning up to $30,000 a year.
2. The colleges also had to have at least a 50-percent six-year graduation rate.
3. At least 30 percent of their enrollments had to be Pell Grant recipients.
We congratulate our colleagues at Queens and Baruch.