Welcome from the President

Dear Friends,

Interim PresidentWelcome to Queensborough Community College—committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education in a supportive environment. For more than fifty years, Queensborough has served students from Queens and the entire New York City region as a starting place to pursue their academic and career goals.

Queensborough proudly reflects the uniqueness of the local Queens community—the most diverse county in the United States. We distinguish ourselves from other higher education institutions in America with our diversity of cultures, including nearly equal populations of African Americans, Asians, Caucasians and Latinos. In fact, close to half of our students were born in another country, and 38% speak a language other than English at home.

Our recent surge in enrollment brings the student population to more than 16,000 with students enrolled in Associate degree or certificate programs and another 10,000 students attending continuing education programs on our campus. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Queensborough Community College offers transfer and career degree programs through seventeen academic departments resulting in the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The College also offers non-credit courses, certificate programs, and access to the visual and performing arts.

The top two reasons students attend Queensborough are to transfer to a four-year college or university—over half of our students transfer to a four-year CUNY college after earning their Associate degree—and to obtain the necessary skills for career advancement.

A key goal for the College is to provide an academic environment that strengthens students' commitment and makes it possible for them to graduate or complete their goals in a timely manner.

In 2009, Queensborough launched the Freshman Academies, offering every first-time, full- time student personalized academic and student support through their first two semesters, catapulting them into a successful academic undergraduate experience. While other colleges have implemented similar programs, Queensborough was the only community college to offer the initiative institution-wide, encompassing all of its programs of study.

Building on the program’s favorable outcomes in retention and graduation rates, the Freshman Academies will be expanded beginning in the fall of 2013 as The Academies. The new initiative will provide every full-time student personalized support services based on academic interests and future goals throughout their academic career at Queensborough. Each of the five Academies—Business; Health Related Sciences; Liberal Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)—will provide special learning opportunities and activities, along with personalized guidance from Academic Advisers.

An important component of The Academies are high impact learning experiences such as service learning, writing intensive courses, internships, and educational opportunities at the College's three cultural resource centers, The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, the QCC Art Gallery, and the Performing Arts Center. These enriched learning experiences serve to reinforce classroom teaching and deepen students' commitment to their education.

Another hallmark of the College is research. Our faculty—62% hold doctorates—are actively engaged in community college pedagogical research to study and improve the teaching methodologies to benefit our students. They also conduct research in their academic disciplines, publish their findings, and compete internationally in academic forums. The faculty is equally dedicated to the success of their students and encourages them to pursue their own intellectual development.

As an entering student, you are encouraged to ponder your future beyond Queensborough—be it to earn your baccalaureate degree, or to advance to a professional career. Our supportive faculty and administrative staff will help you to be successful in reaching your educational, social and professional goals. I wish you a rewarding experience while you are with us at Queensborough Community College, and the achievement of your goals and dreams in the years ahead.

Sincerely,
Dr. Diane B. Call
President



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