Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Dual Enrollment Grants from the U.S. Department of Education

May 16, 2016

Six SUNY Community Colleges Selected – More than Any Other University System

"Today’s announcement of dual enrollment grants for select community colleges across the country, including six SUNY campuses throughout New York State, comes at a critical time for public education. As half of all community college students enroll in at least one remedial course, the importance of programs that prepare students for college-level coursework cannot be overstated.

"Congratulations to SUNY Community Colleges at Adirondack, Cayuga, Niagara, North Country, Rockland, and Sullivan on having earned a spot in this exciting national program, which will enable high school students not only to begin earning college credit but also expand access among our neediest students through Pell Grant eligibility.   

"President Obama continues to commit our country and our colleges to higher performance. I commend him for his leadership on college readiness and look forward to bringing the benefits of the Dual Enrollment Pell Experiment to SUNY students through our six participating campuses."

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