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Jake
July 21st, 2006, 08:16 PM
I was wondering if someone could help me out. In 1990 the Times ran an article entitled "The biggest source of bigshots is (yes) CUNY" stating that CUNY has more graduates in top management positions in the US than any other university. Yale was a close second and Harvard trailed in 3rd.

Though I read the Times I haven't seen any new info on this in years and was wondering if someone caught the latest statistics. 1990 info is very dated and I'm curious if CUNY has been able to retain its high rank.

I have a lot of respect for the CUNY system as it is often overlooked and yet the numbers speak for themselves.

Any news on this?

ablarc
July 21st, 2006, 08:24 PM
CUNY has a very large student body --almost an order of magnitude bigger than the others you list.

Jake
July 21st, 2006, 10:22 PM
Yes I know but this has become something of a childish argument in Ivy League schools who like to claim _____has more CEOs than any other school on the planet and so on. I guess it's just a matter of honor, not actual % success. Still I think it's an interesting issue.

lofter1
July 23rd, 2006, 01:04 PM
A CUNY Thread HERE (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9318&highlight=cuny)

CUNY'S BRAIN STORM

NY POST (http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/cunys_brain_storm_regionalnews_carl_campanile.htm)
By CARL CAMPANILE

July 23, 2006 -- The fall class at the City University of New York is shaping up to be the smartest in a generation, new statistics obtained by The Post show.

There were 4,341 high-school graduates with grade point averages of 90 and above who applied and were accepted at CUNY campuses for the coming fall - an 11.8 percent increase over last year.

The number of "A" students considering CUNY colleges is a whopping 59.7 percent higher than in 2000, when the university tightened its admission policy by phasing out open enrollment and eliminating remedial courses at its four-year institutions.

Looking farther back, the number of "A" graduates admitted is 83.9 percent higher than in 1990.

Meanwhile there were 9,257 applicants with GPAs of at least 85 admitted to CUNY - a 9.6 percent jump over last year and 75 percent higher than in 1990.

"I'm delighted with those numbers. This is the best academic profile of students in 30 years," said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

He expects a good number of these students to enroll in the fall. Some students get accepted at several colleges and may choose to go elsewhere.

But CUNY officials say more high-school grads are looking to CUNY as a first choice, not a last resort. The $4,000 annual tuition is still a fraction of private colleges.

Overall, freshmen admissions are up 5.2 percent at all community and four-year colleges, which should trigger an increase in enrollment. At the five flagship colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter and Queens), freshmen applications are up 7 percent.

Goldstein said the fight to bolster standards at CUNY seven years ago has borne much fruit. At the time, opponents predicted minority enrollment would plummet. That hasn't materialized.

More students from the city's elite public high schools - Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech - are applying to CUNY, he said.

Many are drawn to the selective Honors College, where students are awarded four-year, tuition-free scholarships.

Only about one in 10 applicants to the Honors College are accepted. The average SAT scores of accepted students was 1385 and the average grade was 93.9.

And one-third of the students who don't make the cut for the Honors programs are accepted at the other flagship campuses.

Likewise, the number of private and parochial high-school students accepted increased 5.8 percent over last year.

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