WHAT IS ASAP?
ASAP is designed to help motivated community college students earn their degrees as quickly as possible, with a goal of graduating at least 50% of students within three years. Key ASAP program features include a consolidated block schedule, cohorts by major, small class size, required full-time study and comprehensive advisement and career development services. Financial incentives include tuition waivers for financial aid eligible students and free use of textbooks and monthly Metrocards for all students.
Due to a variety of stresses and responsibilities, too many community college students are not able to complete their Associate degrees in a timely manner, if at all. ASAP helps to eliminate these stresses by providing select community college students with the academic, social, and financial support they need to graduate with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Applied Science degree in no more than three years.
HOW IS ASAP DOING?
There have been six ASAP cohorts totaling 4,594 students admitted across all participating colleges, with the first cohort entering in Fall 2007 and the sixth in Fall 2012. In September 2010, CUNY ASAP surpassed its original graduation target by graduating 55% of its original Fall 2007 cohort of 1,132 students within three years. A comparison group of similar CUNY community college students had a three-year graduation rate of 24.7%. As of September 2012, a second cohort of students admitted in Fall 2009, of which 76% entered with 1-2 developmental needs, also realized a three-year graduation rate of 55%, versus 22.3% of comparison group students. The ASAP graduation rate is more than three times the national three year graduation rate of 16% for urban community colleges (IPEDS). Click here <pdf> to read our ASAP Evaluation Summary and Program Overview. Click here to learn more about ASAP evaluation and download other reports.
WHERE DOES ASAP OPERATE?
All six CUNY community colleges have ASAP programs on their campuses. To learn more about individual ASAP college programs, click on one of these links: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Queensborough Community College.
HOW DO I APPLY?
ASAP will be recruiting soon for Fall 2013. For more information about the program, please view our brochure by clicking here <pdf>, and please visit our facebook page. For more information about how to apply, visit our Prospective Students Page.
ASAP students are actively engaged in a variety of activities beyond their academic work, all designed to enhance their college experience. To find out more about past ASAP-related events, please visit the ASAP Events page.