Construction Complete On Columbia’s Nine-Story In Harlem

605-west-129th-street-777x518Construction is nearly complete on Columbia University’s nine-story, 557,149-square-foot Jerome L. Green Science Center building, located at 605 West 129th Street, on the corner with Broadway in the Manhattanville section of Harlem. Continue Reading →

Opportunities For $1 Million Worth of Scholarships – Register Now

President Barack Obama signs an executive order for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the East Room of the White House,, Feb. 26, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 The New York Urban League’s 30th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair, in partnership with the New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP) is expected to attract over 3,000 New York City high school students, out-of-state high school students, their families and volunteers. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: College Application Week, A Shot At Success

yolanda-toez1By Executive Superintendent of the Division of Family and Community Engagement Yolanda Torres 

This week, high schools across New York City and State are participating in College Application Week from October 17-21, a statewide initiative around college planning and application activities in an effort to increase the number of low-income and first generation students applying to college.

For the first time since it began four years ago, a record 365 high schools across every borough are participating in College Application Week, reaching more than 53,000 students. Schools are providing a series of events ranging from workshops and panels on the path to college for 9thgraders, to college and financial aid application sessions for 12th graders.

…whether or not our young people go to college shouldn’t be decided by what neighborhood they live in or what language they or their parents speak.

As the daughter of Puerto Rican born parents who moved to the Bronx knowing very little English and the first person in my family to go to college, I know how difficult the college process  can be – especially filling out college applications and financial aid forms. But I also know that whether or not our young people go to college shouldn’t be decided by what neighborhood they live in or what language they or their parents speak.

yolanda-torres-addresses-bx-familiesOur goal is to reach and inform every parent, grandparent and guardian about the college process, remind all our students that they can pursue college, and give them and their families the support they need to do that.

Parents and grandparents today want the same thing my parents once wanted for my siblings and me – a shot at success.

At the numerous town halls and family events I’ve visited across the city, I’ve seen families eager to get information about the college process in all grade levels. Parents and grandparents today want the same thing my parents once wanted for my siblings and me – a shot at success.

That’s why here at the DOE – teachers, school staff, and administrators are all committed to Equity and Excellence for All, a range of initiatives that we are implementing through a variety of programs like College Access for All, which works to improve the college process for all students and families and put more students on the path to college.

By making the path to college accessible for everyone, we are going to make a real difference for students and families.

We are removing barriers and giving our students and families the support they need to go on to college and careers – from making the SAT available for free during the school day, to eliminating the CUNY application fee, to increasing the number of AP courses, to bringing a record number of schools into College Application Week this year. College Access for All will also ensure that, by the 2018-19 school year, every student will have the resources and support at their high school to graduate with an individual college and career plan.

Our schools will continue to share information about College Access for All as we move forward, and I am excited to work with parents as partners as we make these initiatives a reality. Additional information on College Application Week and college planning tools and resources for students, families, and educators are available at:

Dance Theatre Of Harlem’s Virginia Johnson Among Dance Award Recipients

danceed-185Jody and John Arnhold have donated $4.365 million to Teachers College, Columbia University to establish a new doctoral program in Dance Education that will prepare those who educate dance teachers, policy makers, and leaders in the field. Continue Reading →

NBPC Producers Look For The Right Pitch With ‘American Idol’ Type Contest

nbpcThe second annual National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) Pitch Black Forum will be held on Thursday. The live, interactive pitching session, a spirited battle of content creators participating in the Harlem-based media arts organization’s national 360 Incubator and Fund, will be held at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in Manhattan. Continue Reading →

The Beauty And The Bed Bug At City College In Harlem

bed-bugCity College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents “Microanatomie des Insectes” (Microanatomy of Insects), an exhibition of photographs by Damien Laudier. Continue Reading →

CUNY Calls For Probe Of City College In Harlem After President Quits (Updated)

matthew-goldstein-lisa-coico-and-colin-powell1The City University of New York has asked for a state investigation following the departure of the president of City College once known as “the poor man’s Harvard” in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem Center Lost $500K Grant Because Of Program’s Success

161006_martin_jcrice_27_134596344The federal government cut off a $500,000 grant for a Harlem program that helped poor kids go to college — because it was doing too good a job. Continue Reading →

Health And Higher Ed Diversity Award Goes To Touro


Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem (TouroCOM) received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Continue Reading →

Harlem-Based Columbia’s Endowment Posts 0.9% Loss For The Year As CEO Departs

lee-bollingerColumbia University’s endowment reported a 0.9% loss for the year, underscoring the departing chief executive officer’s ability to pare losses in turbulent markets. Continue Reading →