CUNY Starts Program to Improve Community-College Graduation Rates

New York City will spend $20-million over the next three years on an ambitious program at the City University of New York to increase graduation rates at its six community colleges.

Under the plan, announced in January by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in his State of the City speech, the university system will identify 1,000 newly admitted, low-income students interested in fields in which there are local employment needs. Groups of students will study and take classes together and will