What is the Network for College Success?
The Network for College Success grew out of the Strive for Success (S4S) program, which helped community college students served by community-based organizations (CBOs) adapt to and thrive in college, and the work Graduate NYC has implemented to facilitate collaboration between The City University of New York (CUNY), the New York City Department of Education, and nonprofit institutions.
The mission of the Network for College Success is to increase the college persistence and retention rates of
students at CUNY colleges that are served by CBOs. It does this by increasing communication and data
sharing across organizations and institutions.
The Network carries out this work through several key strategies, including:
- Hosting quarterly meetings and events
- Providing regular electronic communication
- Facilitating campus-based meetings at high-matriculation campuses
- Sharing data on student progress and performance with CBO partners
Value to Campuses
At CUNY colleges, each advisor supports several hundred students, many of whom are guided to and through college by CBOs, with some CBOs providing advisement and support to students as often as weekly.
CBO counselors advise students from the beginning of the college application process. They influence
enrollment and, when they have key partners on campus, are more likely to support students attending
certain colleges. Due to the prior knowledge that CBO counselors have of students, their families, and their communities, they are especially trusted by them.
Campuses who engage in the Network will have the opportunity to attend meetings and events, share
campus information that will benefit both students and counselors, and build strong, positive connections.