Restore CUNY ASAP's Funding Back To Its $86million

Restore CUNY ASAP's Funding Back To Its $86million

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Joy Julius
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On the CUNY website the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) is described: 

CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) is an academic program offered at nine CUNY colleges. ASAP helps students to stay on track and graduate by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports, including personalized advisement, career counseling, tutoring, waivers for tuition and mandatory fees, MTA MetroCards, and additional financial assistance to cover the cost of textbooks.

ASAP also offers special class scheduling options to ensure that ASAP students get the classes they need, are in classes with fellow ASAP students, and attend classes in convenient blocks of time. As students approach graduation, they receive special supports to help them transfer to 4-year colleges or transition into the workforce, depending on their goals. Accelerate, Complete, Engage (ACE), an adaptation of the ASAP model that supports baccalaureate students, is available at John Jay College and Lehman College. 

 

Mayor Bill De Blasio's new proposed budget for the city includes cutting this program that ensures low-income students succeed and move on to four-year institutions. Already, the city lagged its response to switch to remote learning as the COVID-19 health crisis was unfolding; this put many students and faculty at risk. Currently, there's a CUNY Chancellor's Relief Fund, to ensure the most vulnerable of the CUNY student population, gets access to food, medical, and housing resources. This showcases that CUNY students can't afford anymore setbacks. Many of these students, are the first in their family to attend college and this rewarding experience can be costly. I'm a former CUNY student who attended Bronx Community College, and ASAP did wonders for my peers. Cutting this program even for one semester, is detrimental. I'm worried that this program will be eventually phased out. Enough is enough. Tell the Mayor of New York City, you won't stand for college incentives to be taken away from hardworking students, who want to build a successful future for themselves and their families. 

Please, sign this petition and share it! Education is a right that every human being in this city is entitled to. Thank you so much for your time. 

EDIT: The title of the petition has changed because we're in a new phase. The new budget of NYC has cut the CUNY ASAP Program from $86million to $34.3million. This is unacceptable. We can come together to fight this! There's power in numbers!