Oct. 4, 2020

76: Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, Chancellor, City University of New York (CUNY)

76: Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, Chancellor, City University of New York (CUNY)

Anchoring New York City through Higher Education

This is The EdUp Experience President Series, Episode #24 - In this episode, we welcome the Chancellor of the City University of New York, Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez.  There are some guests that we could talk to forever, and Dr. Rodriguez is one of those people.  He talks about how CUNY is an anchor in the New York community - not only do they provide a cost-effective and workforce ready education, but CUNY is doing the work of advancing humanity through diversity, inclusion, equity, and responsibility.  CUNY is a massive system and it is critical to the infrastructure of New York City.  In this episode, Dr. Rodriguez unravels the new formula for operating in higher education.  Oh yeah, he's the first person of color to lead CUNY in its 173-year history!   

The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university, a transformative engine of social mobility that is a critical component of the lifeblood of New York City. Founded in 1847 as the nation’s first free public institution of higher education, CUNY today has seven community colleges, 11 senior colleges and seven graduate or professional institutions spread across New York City’s five boroughs, serving 500,000 students and awarding 55,000 degrees each year. CUNY’s mix of quality and affordability propels almost six times as many low-income students into the middle class and beyond as all the Ivy League colleges combined. 

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