The NYC Partnership for College Readiness and Success

College-Going Patterns in NYC

New York City is home to the nation’s largest public school system, as well as one of the largest public higher education systems in the country. For many students, there is a direct path between the two. Over 60 percent of NYC public school graduates who enroll in post-secondary education attend a CUNY school, while two thirds of CUNY first-year students are NYC public school graduates. The close ties between these two institutions make NYC an ideal place to research the transition from high school to college, from both secondary and post-secondary perspectives.  

About the NYC Partnership for College Readiness and Success

This partnership between CUNY, the NYC DOE, and the Research Alliance is bringing together the key stakeholders who focus on secondary and post-secondary education in New York City, enabling researchers to link together CUNY and DOE student data. The ultimate goal of our joint work is to better understand how to prepare and support students toward college success.

The project was initiated under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences under its Research-Practitioner Partnership in Education Research program. Under this federal grant program, we established the infrastructure for an ongoing research collaboration, including setting short- and long-term research agendas and building a research and data management team. We conducted analyses to help develop valid college-readiness indicators and to identify factors (student- or school-specific) that enhanced or limited the likelihood of a student attending and succeeding in college. 

This work has set the stage for an ongoing partnership examining college-going patterns in NYC. Together, we are building a strong body of knowledge about the factors that influence college-going and how to support more students on the road to and through college. We expect this collaboration to produce valuable insights for policy and practice, both here in NYC and in other urban school districts across the country.  


Supported the Institute of Education Sciences.