Commencement may have signaled the end of the school year, but that doesn’t mean that academic activity on campus came to a stop; students merely slipped into sandals and shorts and signed up for a wealth of fun---but challenging---summer courses. Some of those courses are part of CUNY Start, which provides intensive preparation in academic reading/writing, pre-college math, and “college success” advisement for students entering CUNY with significant remedial needs. It’s a program that’s playing a significant role in rewriting the game book for remedial learning.

Jessica Mingus, director of CUNY Start at Hostos, was prominently featured in a New York Times article. “Ending the Curse of Remedial Math,” written by David L. Kirp, appeared in the June 10th edition of the paper. Kirp examined the ways in which CUNY Start is improving the math skills---and, therefore, the chances of graduating---at Hostos and other CUNY schools…and beyond. Kirp writes of CUNY Start:  “Its track record shows that, with good teaching and I-have-your-back counseling, youths who otherwise would likely drop out have a solid shot at making it.” Hostos Math Instructor Erica Fells was also quoted in Kirp’s article. It’s heartening to see Jessica and Erica’s superlative work so widely celebrated.

Read full New York Times Article here.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.