Creating College Ready Communities

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Presented by the Center for New York City Affairs.

The good news is, New York City has seen dramatic increases in students graduating high school and applying to college. The bad news is, most will never get a college degree. This growing generation of college students is frequently stymied by poor academic preparation, financial aid issues or complicated personal lives. Observers say it is not enough to promote college. Schools and communities need a radical new approach. The Center for New York City Affairs will release an analysis of NYC's school and community-based college readiness efforts. What must happen if we want more students to succeed?

Introductory remarks by Professor David Conley, University of Oregon College of Education; Director of the Center for Educational Policy Research, and author,

Mr. Conley will then join in a discussion with:

  • Richard Alvarez, director of admissions, City University of New York
  • Fernando Carlo, director, Sistas & Brothas United, Urban Youth Collaborative
  • Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer, NYC Department of Education
  • Sheena Wright, president and CEO, Abyssinian Development Corporation
Moderated by Meredith Kolodner,

Supported by the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Capital One Foundation, United Way of New York City, the Sirus Fund and the Milano Foundation.

Live broadcasting by Ustream


Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by emailing


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