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The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College at CUNY is an urban public institution that offers associate degree programs in an environment that nurtures student success. Based on extensive research, NCC integrates excellence in teaching, proactive and responsive student supports and external partnerships. Our primary objective is to increase the number of students, especially those not effectively served in higher education, who persist in their programs of study and attain a degree in a timely manner. We offer a clearly defined educational pathway including an integrated first-year curriculum that is inquiry-based and majors that prepare students for careers and baccalaureate study. Stella and Charles Guttman CC programs are academically rigorous, multidisciplinary and experientially based.
Established on September 20, 2011, with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s approval of A Master Plan Amendment, The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College at CUNY is the University’s first new community college in more than 40 years. The second community college in Manhattan was inspired by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s interest in improving graduation rates for CUNY’s diverse urban students with a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. “There is no more urgent task in higher education than to find ways to help more community college students succeed,” the Chancellor has said.
The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College connects field experiences with classroom learning in a structured and supportive environment. All students begin in the Summer Bridge Program and engage in a city-centered first-year experience before starting their major coursework in one of six degree programs. Teams of faculty, staff and peer mentors create a rich classroom environment, and an integrated advisement program will help students stay on the path to graduation.