York College, City University of New York
Academic Core Building
|Motto||Sapere Aude, Incipe!|
|President||Dr. Marcia V. Keizs|
|Campus||Urban, 50 acres (20 ha)|
|Colors||White, Red & Black|
|Affiliations||City University of New York|
York College is one of eleven senior colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. It is located in the neighborhood of Jamaica in Queens, New York City. Founded in 1966, York was the first senior college founded under the newly formed CUNY system, which united several previously independent public colleges into a single public university system in 1961. The college is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Today, with an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, York serves as one of CUNY's leading liberal arts colleges, granting bachelor's degrees in more than 40 fields, including those in the Health Professions, Nursing (BS) and a combined BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy, among others. The York College Library subscribes to dozens of electronic resources, as well as print journals, to support the research needs of the faculty and students.
Based on a study conducted by The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), NerdScholar, a scholarship information organization and website, recently listed York College as the “US College with the lowest student debt in 2013.” The national survey chose York as number one on its top 20 list of colleges and universities both private and public.
Marcia V. Keizs became York College's 6th president in February 2005.
List of York College Presidents
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- Dumont F. Kenny, PhD, 1966–1970
- Milton G. Bassin, M.M.E., P.E., 1971–1991
- Josephine D. Davis, Ed.D., 1991–1995
- Charles C. Kidd, Sr., PhD, P.E., 1996–2002
- Robert L. Hampton, PhD, 2003–2004
- Marcia V. Keizs, Ed.D., 2005 – present
The College is organized into three Schools: the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business & Information Systems, and the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs. Each of the Schools focuses on a set of related programs and departments, and gives expression to the College’s mission. The School of Arts & Sciences provides students with the opportunity to obtain an excellent education in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and the natural sciences. The School of Business & Information Systems introduces students to all of the fundamental business disciplines then allows them a wide range of choices when selecting their major field of study. Finally, the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs provides a diverse student population with programs that have received national recognition and professional accreditation.
Through the three Schools, York College offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in over 44 different liberal arts, sciences, and professional majors, including English, History, Spanish, Social Work, Music, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Journalism, Physician Assistant, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing, Aviation Management, and Communications Technology, as well as the combined B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy.
The College is distinguished not only for offering a variety of majors and minors in almost every discipline, but also for bringing professional programs in business, accounting, information systems management, teacher education, generic nursing, social work and allied health sciences to traditionally underserved populations. York College also offers certificate programs in a variety of fields that include: mortgage finance; youth work; survey research; and Spanish for professional purposes. In addition to the CUNY Aviation Institute, York College is home to the Northeast Regional Office and Laboratory of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The College’s approximately 30,000 alumni serve in practically every professional endeavor, including medicine, research, law, business and social work.
Approximately 40 percent of York's students study part-time, and in fall 2008 almost 700 new students were transfer students and over 1,000 were first-time freshmen. York College offers a variety of scholarships, both merit and retention, through the York College Foundation, Student Government Association and Auxiliary Enterprises, Inc.
With about 200 full-time faculty and some 250 part-time faculty, there is a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1. Most full-time faculty hold terminal degrees in their disciplines and are also recipients of many national and regional awards, receiving grants from federal, state and local government agencies.
Faculty, students, and administrative staff participate in college governance, which is conducted according to procedures outlined in the bylaws of CUNY and in the York College Charter as approved by the Board of Trustees of CUNY. The York College Senate is the chief legislative body of the College. Reporting to the Senate are various standing college committees, which oversee such matters as curriculum and academic standards.
York is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All Education programs are registered by the New York State Department of Education and lead to New York State provisional certification after passing the written parts of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination after students pass the examination. York’s Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); The Physician Assistant Studies Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.; York’s Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; and the Nursing Program by the National League for Nursing. A degree in Accounting at York College includes all the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting.
Since 1971, York College has conferred 30,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees. York students progress toward graduation at different rates. Most students combine the role of student with that of employee and/or parent which may necessitate part-time enrollment or temporary leaves from their academic pursuits.
Location and facilities
At the heart of the 50-acre York College campus is the Academic Core Building, which houses classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, art studios, the library, computer facilities, academic and administrative offices, as well as dining facilities and a bookstore. On adjacent super blocks are located the 1,500 seat Performing Arts Center, the Health and Physical Education facility, which includes a gymnasium and swimming pool, Classroom and Science Buildings, Athletic Fields and parking facilities. The Performing Arts Center was renamed the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center in October 2014 after the York College’s second president. Milton G. Bassin, who guided the school during the period from 1971 to 1991 and was instrumental in ensuring the school’s survival through the fiscal crisis of the 1970s.
York College Student Activities strives to complement the academic experience with co- and extra-curricular programs that promote social and personal development. York College staff advises and assists student groups in planning social, educational, and recreational programs, and provides opportunities for the development of leadership skills. Academic, social, athletic, cultural, recreational, political, and special interest groups add additional sets of valuable learning experiences for both students and faculty.
Student Activities works closely with the Student Government Association (SGA). SGA is composed of students elected by their peers to represent and advocate for all students.
The CUNY Aviation Institute (AI) at York College was established in 2003 by a grant from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to promote high quality education and research for the aviation industry. The AI is headquartered in New York City and is located on the campus of York College.
In cooperation with local, national, and international partners the CUNY Aviation Institute develops teaching materials regarding airlines, airports, service providers, civil aviation authorities, and related industries. Furthermore, the CUNY Aviation Institute develops programs of study at all academic levels, including credit and non-credit courses.
The CUNY Aviation Institute also promotes research and academic exchange of ideas in the field of aviation and assists in the training of professional educators and researchers. CUNY Aviation Institute has a partnership network comprising the private sector, educational institutions, international organizations, trade associations, governments and other bodies with interest in aviation management.
- Aviation Scholarship: York College is committed to providing ten $2000 awards, per academic year, to students pursuing their B.S. in Aviation Management.
– Aviation Club: The York College Aviation Club was established in the spring of 2008 to promote aviation within the York College community of students, faculty, and staff. The Aviation Club unites, guides, and supports Aviation Management students.
– Women in Aviation: Women in Aviation, International is the fastest growing aviation organization dedicated to encouraging young people to consider aviation careers as well as providing networking opportunities for women and men through the aviation industry. The organization's members represent the broad scope of aviation – general, corporate, commercial and military. WAI members include aeronautical engineers, pilots, maintenance technicians, educators, air traffic controllers, avionics technicians, airport managers, business owners, dispatchers, artists, students, flight attendants and enthusiasts.
Honors Program – An academic program for advanced students with the goal of providing academic, cultural and social opportunities. The program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Northeast Regional Honors Council. York College's Honors Program Official Site
Social Work – A BS (Bachelor of Science) Social Work program accredited by the CSWE and A MSW program in the process of accreditation.
Occupational Therapy (OT) – The only CUNY institution to offer a BS/MS Occupational Therapy program which is fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association. York College Occupational Therapy Program Official Site
Physician Assistant (PA) – It is the second CUNY campus to offer a BS Physician Assistant program (the first being City College of New York). As of March 2007, the York College PA Program is fully accredited by the ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant). In accordance to AAPA accreditation guidelines, the PA program is currently transitioning to a Master's program, with the first class starting in Fall 2016.York College Physician Assistant Program Official Site
Public Health (PH) The B.S. in Public Health (effective Fall 2016) is the first official/approved Public Health undergraduate degree in the CUNY system. The mission of York College’s undergraduate public health program is to engage in teaching, learning, scholarship and service to foster and sustain a healthier New York City and to promote culturally responsive, evidence-informed solutions to reduce disparities and promote health and wellness among urban populations. The undergraduate program in public health at York College is focused on the science of protecting and improving the health and well-being of communities. York College Public Health Program Official Site
The B.S. in Aviation Management is an opportunity to prepare students comprehensively for management careers in the industry.
The CUNY Aviation Institute is also located on the campus of York College. Students are offered a program of study that emphasizes business, policy and the operations of key areas within aviation, including security, aviation safety, and airport planning. Aviation students have the choice of gearing their studies toward preparation for work in for-profit arenas within aviation or for employment in the aviation public sector by selecting appropriate electives from political science, psychology, business and other areas. A major strength of the major is the integration of the liberal studies areas with a business curriculum.
- Selena T. Rodgers, PhD, is an Associate Professor and founding director of the Master's in Social Work Program at CUNY York College. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar and has served as an expert evaluator for both the Romanian and U.S. Fulbright Commissions. In May of 2018, Dr. Rodgers received a resolution in the NYS Senate legislature for her designation as founding director of CUNY York College's MSW program.
- James Como, PhD, was Professor of Speech and Rhetoric from 1968–2013, and is the author of several books about C. S. Lewis.
- Daisy Cocco De Filippis, PhD, was Professor of Spanish, 1983–2002. She subsequently became Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, and then President of Naugatuck Valley Community College.
- Ron Daniels, PhD, Distinguished Lecturer in Political Science, Department of Behavioral Sciences, has been active in the civil rights movement for decades and is President of the Institute of the Black World 21st century (IBW).
- William Divale, PhD, Author, Professor of Anthropology and Former Chairman of the Social Sciences Department.
- Nancy Foner, PhD, was Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 1970–1973, before joining the faculty of the State University of New York at Purchase (1973–2004), where her career spanned from Assistant Professor to Distinguished Professor. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
- Bruce Jay Friedman, novelist and playwright, was Visiting Professor of English, 1974–1976.
- Uwe P. Gielen, PhD, was Assistant Professor of Psychology, 1973–1980, before joining the faculty of St. Francis College, where he founded the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology.
- David Ignatow, poet, was Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence, 1968–1984.
- Reatha King, PhD, was Professor of Chemistry, 1968–1977, as well as serving as Associate Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and later Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. She left York to become President of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota (1977–1988).
- Mark Rudman, was Associate Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence, 1984–1988.
- Eileen Southern, PhD, ethnomusicologist, was Professor of Music, 1968–1974, before joining the faculty of Harvard University, where she became the first African American woman to become a tenured professor there.
- Sal F. Albanese ('72), who was a Democratic candidate for New York City mayor in 2013 and 2017. He was elected to the New York City Council in 1982 and served until 1998, representing part of Brooklyn. After leaving the City Council, Albanese became Marketing Director for INVESCO and then Managing Director, Institutional Sales & Marketing, at Mesirow Financial.
- Deborah Persaud, M.D. ('81), a virologist and associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who received a $700,000 Elizabeth Glazer award for pediatric AIDS research.
- Gerald A. Reynolds ('89), who served as Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 2004 to 2010.
- James Siegel ('77), author of Derailed, and Political Advisor to New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer.
York competes as an NCAA Division III member of the City University of New York Athletic Conference.
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