Increase postsecondary attainment
Supporting efforts to increase postsecondary attainment is key to the City’s goal to lift New Yorkers out of poverty and strengthen an inclusive workforce. To achieve this goal, we are committed to increasing the number of New York City public school graduates attaining associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. This initiative complements other strategies to lift New Yorkers out of poverty, as part of a complete set of actions that the City will pursue to reach this goal.
Strategies to increase postsecondary attainment begin in high school, where the City will work to increase access to college-specific advising. Efforts to improve advising are intended to promote high school graduation and college matriculation. Based on a study by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, 59 percent of public school graduates enrolled in postsecondary education programs in 2006: 16 percent in the City University of New York (CUNY) 4-year, 13 percent in CUNY 2-year, and 30 percent non-CUNY. The City will take a comprehensive approach to advising, ensuring that it continues beyond high school, to college. In college, the City will expand programs designed to assist students in completing their degrees.