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LaGuardia in The Times

LaGuardia Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY), is regularly featured in The New York Times—indisputably among the leading newspapers worldwide.

Following are highlights—articles written by Ginia Bellafante, Elizabeth A. Harris, David W. Chen, Alex Vadukul, among additional New York Times journalists, which have shed light on the successes and struggles of LaGuardia students, a majority of whom have family incomes of less than $25,000 annually. Additional articles have spotlighted LaGuardia’s accomplished faculty, given LaGuardia President Gail O. Mellow a national platform to spread understanding of the role of community colleges in higher education, and more.



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New York Times Op-Ed by LaGuardia President Gail Mellow: The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

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Kelsey Wroten - New York Times


“You might think the typical college student lives in a state of bliss, spending each day moving among classes, parties and extracurricular activities. But the reality is that an increasingly small population of undergraduates enjoys that kind of life.

Of the country’s nearly 18 million undergraduates, more than 40 percent go to community college, and of those, only 62 percent can afford to go to college full-time. By contrast, a mere 0.4 percent of students in the United States attend one of the Ivies.

The typical student is not the one burnishing a fancy résumé with numerous unpaid internships. It’s just the opposite: Over half of all undergraduates live at home to make their degrees more affordable, and a shocking 40 percent of students work at least 30 hours a week. About 25 percent work full-time and go to school full-time.…

… At LaGuardia Community College in New York, where I am president, 77 percent of students live in households making less than $25,000 per year.…

… Community colleges need increased funding, and students need access to more flexible federal and state financial aid, enhanced paid internships and college work-study programs. Improved access to public supports, like food stamps and reduced public transportation fares, would also make a world of difference.…”

Read full article: The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

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