College Completion Innovation Fund
2020 Award Recipients
Baruch College Tools for Clear Speech
The two-year CCIF award to Tools for Clear Speech will support the augmentation of COM 3021—the primary oral communications course required of all students at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business—to include sections with added supports exclusively for non-native English speakers seeking to develop clear pronunciation skills. With ambitious plans to scale throughout CUNY senior colleges, Tools for Clear Speech is poised to set a new national standard for empowering bilingual students.
John Jay College
The two-year CCIF award to John Jay College is supporting the CUNY Justice Academy Humanities and Justice Transfer Pathways project, which aims to increase degree completion by establishing a seamless pathway from associate degree programs to baccalaureate ones in the humanities and liberal arts. The project also teaches students valuable skills that can be applied to humanities-related careers.
Kingsborough Community College/CUNY School of Professional Studies
The two-year CCIF award to Kingsborough Community College and the CUNY School of Professional Studies is supporting Flex Forward: CUNY Coordinated Care Transfer and Career Pathways for Adult Students with Some College and No Degree (SCND). By means of learner-centered online transfer pathways, transfer coaching, and career and employment connections this projects seeks to mitigate common barriers to two-and four-year degree completion that the more than 800,000 SCND adults in New York City face.
New Settlement Apartments
The two-year CCIF award to New Settlement Apartments will support Bridge Back to College, a joint project in partnership with the Young Adult Opportunity Initiative, and with guidance from JobsFirstNYC. Bridge Back to College will engage and support students who have stopped out of college to by guiding them through the re-enrollment process, helping them to develop a personalized action plan to chart their career path, and address potential nonacademic barriers that hinder completion.
The two-year CCIF grant to Young Invincibles will support the Basic Needs for Success in College (BASIC) Project, a student-driven initiative that aims to understand the evolving basic needs challenges CUNY students are facing; build greater awareness regarding these challenges and developing resources to combat them; and increase student collaboration with campus leadership to ensure they are implemented effectively.