Full-Time, Structured Program at CUNY Yields More Community-College Grads

When Nicolina Dapilma enrolled at the City University of New York, the odds of earning an associate degree in two years were less than one in 10.

Ms. Dapilma, who immigrated to the United States from the West African nation of Togo at age 11, was considering various academic programs when a CUNY adviser called. The pitch: free tuition and textbooks, intensive academic and career advising, monthly subway passes, and a structured schedule that could accommodate her part-time job. In