In 1969, a group of Black and Puerto Rican students occupied City College demanding the integration of CUNY, which at the time had an overwhelmingly white student body. The occupation spread to other CUNY campuses, forcing the Board of Trustees to implement a new College Admission-s policy. The doors to CUNY were opened wide to all those demanding entrance, assuring all high school graduates, despite possible inadequacies of preparation, entrance to the University. This policy was known as "OpenAdmissions". Remedial education, to supplement the training of under-prepared students, became a significant part of CUNY's offerings... CUNY's prestige also declined in the 1970s and 1980s. Under a new chancellor, Matthew Goldstein, and facing pressure from Mayor Rudy Giuliani, CUNY ended its open admissions policy to the University's four-year colleges in 1999... CUNY students who are not directly admitted to the senior colleges because they do not meet academic admissions standards can choose to enroll in an Associate Degree program at one of CUNY’s Community College-s, take part in "immersion" programs offered in the summer and winter months, find public or private tutoring, or participate in the one-semester "Prelude to Success" program (BootCamp) taught by community college faculty at senior colleges. The graduates of the community college programs then earn admission to the senior colleges. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_University_of_New_York
Mar'2013: Almost 80 percent of all New York City high school graduates who want to enroll in the City University’s community college system must first relearn basic reading, writing and math.
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