CUNY Rising Alliance host a Town Hall at Brooklyn College with Elected Officials

April 27, 2018

CUNY is our city's public university. Statistics show that more than 60% of NYC high schoolers choose CUNY. This number includes many black, brown, and low-income students.


Over the years, CUNY has witnessed and felt disinvestment from the city and state's causing the students to struggle. Just over 50% of students at CUNY’s senior colleges graduate on-time, and only 22% of community college students earn their associate's degree in three years.
Enough is Enough and the time to invest in CUNY is NOW!


The CUNY Rising Alliance is a coalition of more than 30 organizations fighting for a free and quality CUNY education. During the Town Hall at Brooklyn College, we called on the elected officials inside and outside the room to:


Expand ASAP, ASAP!
CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Program (ASAP), has been shown to help students succeed in college. By providing students with free tuition, textbooks, MetroCards, as well as advising and tutoring support, graduation rates have been doubling. There is no question that we should invest in a program that works. With this program, CUNY and New York could show the nation how to indeed accomplish a free, quality, public education for all students. ASAP should be expanded to cover more students in CUNY’s community colleges and should be brought to senior colleges.


Increase Per-Student Base Aid
New York City and State have long neglected their funding obligation to CUNY for both senior and community colleges. It is not too late to increase base aid funding in this year’s city budget. By doing this, you can prevent a tuition increase at CUNY’s community colleges and senior colleges. Increasing per-student base funding can also aid CUNY in hiring more advisors, counselors, and faculty across all campuses. In return, students would have the support they need to stay in school and graduate.


Invest in Campus Child Care
NYC City Council has not increased funding for on-campus childcare centers since 1980 despite! Today, more parents are enrolling in college than ever before. Last year, Public Advocate Letitia James argued for tripling funding for CUNY’s child care. We’re calling on our officials to support CUNY’s parenting students and their families — invest in campus child care now!


Freeze Tuition at CUNY’s Community Colleges
The city and state continue to dis-invest in CUNY, one of New York’s most crucial assets for educating and empowering New York’s low-income students, immigrant students, and students of color. We call for a freeze on tuition increases and urge the city and state to once again invest in our public universities, instead of relying on students to cover the costs.

Want to take action NOW and help build a more equitable CUNY? Here’s how you can help!


1. Click here to sign a petition and let Governor Cuomo and his trustees know: Financial control over the student activities fee should remain in the hands of students!



CUNY’s Board of Trustees is proposing changes to student activities fees that would minimize students’ ability to decide how their tuition dollars are spent on crucial campus resources, from shuttle bus services and child care to campus newspapers and clubs. Sign this petition to let Cuomo and the trustees know student voice matters: SIGN THE PETITION Then share the request with five friends and encourage them to sign on, too!

2. Attend the next Board of Trustees Public Hearing on Monday, April 30th at 4:30 pm


LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue (entrance on Van Dam Street between Thomson and 47th Avenues) Long Island City, New York 11101  


They are having a hearing on the proposed changes to the student activities fee. Join us and and tell the Board of Trustees: students should choose where their fee money goes!


Pictured here (from left to right)

  • Vice President of the Professional Staff Congress Michael Fabricant

  • USS Legislative Director Hercules E. Reid 

  • NYS Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte (District 42)

  • NYC Public Advocate Letitia James

  • NYC Councilmember Inez Barron (District 42)

  • NYC Councilmember Robert Holden (District 30)

  • Student Trustee and USS Chairperson John Aderounmu

  • USS Vice Chair for Fiscal Affairs Francesca Royal

  • Ernest Skinner, Office of Councilmember Jumaane Williams (District 45)


Watch the Town Hall Live: CUNY RISING Facebook


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