Teachers College, Columbia University

Scaling Success: Lessons From the CUNY ASAP Expansion

Date and Time: April 09, 2019 8 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre | 200 Level, Room 202C

In response to the institutional, academic, and nonacademic factors that contribute to persistently low degree-completion rates, the City University of New York (CUNY) implemented the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) at six community colleges in 2007. ASAP is a comprehensive program designed to provide wraparound services including financial, academic, and individual support for students to complete their degree. In light of the strong evidence that ASAP can dramatically improve student outcomes, CUNY embarked on one of the most ambitious institutional improvement efforts nationally and expanded ASAP to nine colleges. As a result of the expansion, the number of students ASAP served grew from 4,300 in 2014-15 to over 25,000 in 2018-2019. This panel examined the implementation of the scale up within CUNY and showcased Bronx Community College's efforts to expand ASAP enrollment to 50 percent of all eligible students by 2019. 


Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Melinda Mechur Karp
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
Diana Strumbos
Senior Director of Research and Evaluation for Student Success Initiatives
Francisco Legasa
Director, ASAP and First-Year Programs
Bronx Community College-CUNY

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