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ASAP was launched in fall 2007 with funding from the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity. ASAP is committed to graduating at least 50% of students within three years through provision of comprehensive support services and financial resources. ASAP is found at seven CUNY colleges:Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Medgar Evers College, and Queensborough Community College.

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.  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.  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. 


How ASAP Began?

ASAP began in fall 2007 with a cohort of 1,132 students who were deemed fully skills proficient in reading, writing, and math by program start. Approximately a third of students required developmental coursework prior to beginning the program. As of September 2010, CUNY ASAP surpassed its graduation target and helped 621 students, or 55% of the fall 2007 cohort, earn their associate degrees within three years vs. 25% of a comparison group of similar students.  The ASAP three-year graduation rate is more than three times higher than the national urban community college three-year graduation rate of 16%.

Based on early success with the first cohort, ASAP began to target students with some developmental needs at program entry. Cohorts admitted since 2009 are primarily comprised of students with one to two developmental course needs based on their scores on the CUNY Assessment Tests. Analysis of the fall 2009 cohort (N=429) reveals that ASAP students were retained at higher rates, moved through their developmental requirements significantly faster and graduated at much higher rates than comparison group students.  The three-year graduation rate for the fall 2009 ASAP cohort, of which 76% entered with developmental needs, was 56% vs. 22% for comparison group students.



There have been seven ASAP cohorts totaling 6,428 students admitted across six participating CUNY community colleges, with the first cohort entering in fall 2007 and the seventh in fall 2013. The ASAP graduation rate is more than three times the national three-year graduation rate of 16% for urban community colleges (IPEDS). ASAP's current cross-cohort three-year graduation rate is 51% vs. 22% for comparison group students. Since 2009, ASAP has admitted students with some developmental needs (1-2 developmental course needs based on scores on the CUNY Assessment Test) who also graduate at significantly higher rates than non-ASAP comparison group students. After three years, 47% of ASAP students with developmental needs graduated vs. 19% of comparison group students with developmental needs. Click here <pdf> to read our ASAP Evaluation Summary and Program Overview.



In addition to city and state support, CUNY ASAP has received grant funds from the Robin Hood Foundation, the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women to support program expansion, a random assignment study, and scholarships.  ASAP also currently receives funding from and the Sidney and Laura Gilbert Scholarship Fund to support eligible ASAP alumni currently enrolled at CUNY senior colleges.



For more information about how to apply, visit our Prospective Students Page.For more information about the program, please view our brochure by clicking here <pdf>, and please visit our facebook page.