June 7. 1999
To the New York City Community:
The Mayor's Advisory Task Force on the City University of New
York ("CUNY") issued its report, The City University
of New York: An Institution Adrift, to Mayor Rudolph W.
Giuliani on June 7, 1999.
Over the course of our investigation, we examined CUNY's budgeting,
funding and financial management. We reviewed the university's
governance processes as well as its open admissions policies
and remedial education programs. We examined the relationship
between the public schools and the need for remedial education
at CUNY. We also considered ways in which third parties could
provide remedial education to CUNY students.
We based our conclusions and recommendations on a series of
studies conducted by Task Force consultants and staff. Consultants
to the Task Force included PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC");
RAND Education ("RAND"); and Professor Bruce Cooper, Fordham
University Graduate School of Education.
PwC undertook three separate studies for the Task Force: Report
I: Financial Analysis of Remedial Education at the City University
of New York; Report II: Planning and Budgeting at the City University
of New York; and Report III: Review of the City University
of New York's Revenues and Expenditures.
RAND conducted four studies: CUNY Statistical Profile, 1980-1998,
Volumes I and II; The Governance of the City University of New
York: A System at Odds With Itself; Financing Remediation at
CUNY on a Performance Basis: A Proposal; and CUNY's Testing
Program: Characteristics, Results, and Implications for Policy
Finally, the Task Force's professional staff undertook four
studies: Open Admissions and Remedial Education at the City
University of New York; Beyond Graduation Rates: Assessing the
Outcomes of CUNY's Open Admissions and Remedial Education Policies;
Bridging the Gap Between School and College; and Analysis
of Remedial Education Outsourcing Alternatives.
The submission of our final report, with the attendant studies,
concludes our mandate.
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., Chair
Chairman, The Edison Project
Chair, CUNY Board of Trustees
Jacqueline V. Brady
Vice President of Structured Finance, Nomura Securities International,
Heather Mac Donald
John M. Olin Fellow, The Manhattan Institute
Contributing Editor, The City Journal
Founding Partner, Ohrenstein & Brown
Richard T. Roberts
Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation
President and CEO, Opportunity America