“At BMCC, our goal is to improve student success, not incrementally but dramatically. We have improved three-year graduation rates over 40 percent in the last five years, but now we are engaged in a college-wide Designing for Success process to double the overall graduation rate, significantly increase successful transfer and baccalaureate attainment, expand career development leading to jobs with family-sustaining wages — and to achieve equity in these outcomes. Now more than ever, community colleges play a vital role in advancing equity and social justice and in advancing opportunity, inclusion and economic mobility, ultimately diversifying and bringing new talent to the workforce and contributing to a New York City in which everyone can thrive.” — BMCC Interim President Karrin E. Wilks
Name: Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York (BMCC/CUNY)
City: New York
State: New York
President: Interim President Karrin E. Wilks
Board Chair: William C. Thompson, Jr., CUNY Board of Trustees; Anthony J. Portannese, Chair, BMCC Foundation Board
Board of Trustees website: CUNY Board of Trustees; The BMCC Foundation
Type of college: Public
Campus setting: Urban
Year established: 1964
Student Characteristics Fall 2017
Total Enrollment: 26,932
African American: 27%
- Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York (BMCC) is the largest undergraduate institution in CUNY and we have the largest Accelerated Studies in Associate Programs (ASAP) CUNY-wide, with nearly 5,000 students. The ASAP model started at CUNY and is now a national replication model that boasts three-year associate degree graduation rates of over 50%.
- BMCC has an exceptional undergraduate research environment with BMCC faculty recently receiving large National Science Foundation (NSF) grants including a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) for Biological Sciences, one of only two awarded to community colleges in the country.
- BMCC leads nationwide in providing associate degrees and raising opportunity for underserved students. BMCC ranks #3 in economic mobility among public two-year institutions in the 2017 Stanford University study, “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,” and #5 nationwide in the conferring of associate degrees for all minority students, according to the most recent Community College WeekTop 100 associate degree producers report. These results are echoed in a 2018 Top 100 Producers of Associate Degrees report released by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and all are based on data from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the world, BMCC earns these high marks by offering over 50 associate degree programs, by expanding successful cohort, workforce development and developmental education programs, by supporting funded research projects across disciplines, and by incorporating the feedback and initiative of hundreds of faculty and staff in Designing for Success, a college-wide initiative to redesign processes, practices and policies as needed to dramatically improve student outcomes, to achieve equity in these outcomes, and to bring to scale, proven strategies and interventions.