Office of the President

Office of the President


August 25, 2016

To the Hostos Family:
 David Gómez, President
This is a momentous time. Fall 2016 classes have begun, and the academic year is off to a good start.

To new students---welcome! I hope your experience here will provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to achieve your dreams.  This is the place to do it! Our distinguished faculty members bring their passion for learning to a range of disciplines.  There is much to be gained from them.

To returning students---welcome back! Here’s to another year of study in your chosen fields. You’ve experienced the richness that this institution has to offer.  You know that Hostos is dedicated to fostering your intellectual, social and economic growth.

It is also a pleasure to welcome new faculty and staff to the college, and to warmly greet old friends and colleagues who are back with us once more as we make our way into a new semester.

Students and faculty alike step onto a campus where much is happening.

Our goal is to be ever more responsive to the needs of our students and to the continuously evolving job markets in which they will find themselves.  I am delighted to note that we continue to strengthen our Advisement system and our remedial and developmental education offerings (particularly in Mathematics).  After much research and training, Hostos now possesses an Integrated Advisement system that encompasses all the divisions, is academically sound, administratively efficient, and fully responsive to students’ needs.  It’s one more way to help you meet the challenges you face both on and off campus and make the most of your time here.

The CUNY Board of Trustees and the State Board of Regents recently approved our interdisciplinary Food Studies program. In addition, we are moving forward with our Construction Industry Workforce Development program that will allow students to move easily between credit and non-credit bearing courses, academic degrees, and the workforce at any point they choose. Both programs are almost ready to launch, and we’re excited by the opportunities they’ll offer.

You enter a lively and successful institution.  The 2015-2016 academic year yielded 1,196 graduates (the largest graduating class in the college’s history), an increase of 37% from last year’s total.  Our three-year graduation rate has risen from 12.6% to 20.6%, the highest increase not only in the College’s history but among all CUNY community colleges.

Mahatma Gandhi once said:  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Sage advice from one of the world’s great advocates for human rights. Fully inhabit the present---prepare for the future---and never stop learning.  It’s the recipe for an engaged and meaningful life.
We are committed to helping you succeed on campus and, ultimately, in the world beyond our doors.  I wish you all the best for the school year ahead.  You are Hostos.

Welcome back.
David Gómez, Interim President
David Gómez, Ed.D.