Can City College Restore Its Luster by Ending Open Admissions?

CUNY's chancellor sees a new era ahead -- with elite programs and without remediation

Two young women, both students at the City College of New York, sit under the bright lights of the campus Writing Center. They're working on an essay about a promiscuous rap star who died of AIDS. The piece, they both realize, is a mess. The simple sentences -- "He wanted kids to see there was another life" -- don't lead to a sophisticated or compelling argument. What they lead to is