Achieving Academic Excellence in 2016

APCVideoJan2016APC Member Colleges Help Dreams Become Reality

Today the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) released the first segment in a video series titled, “APC Member Colleges Help Dreams Become Reality” featuring College of Westchester students. The College of Westchester, located in White Plains, supports approximately 1,000 students and employs more than 200 faculty and staff.

In the minute-long video, which can be viewed here, students provide viewers with a glimpse of their career goals and objectives.

“One of the hallmarks of an APC institution is that our faculty and administrators truly get to know their students,” said Donna Gurnett, executive director of APC. “The average student-to-faculty ratio is 17-1, which fosters individual attention. Our faculty quickly discover what motivates their students as well as what could potentially hold them back. They begin to understand their students’ career aspirations and dreams. They use this information to inspire students, advise them on career and internship opportunities, and help them complete their degree.”

Committed to helping students achieve academic success, New York’s degree-granting proprietary colleges have increased their on-time bachelor degree graduation rates by nearly five percent since 2011. And for the second year in a row, proprietary colleges have the highest on time graduation rate for full-time students earning associate level degrees, outpacing SUNY, CUNY and Independent colleges.

More than 35,000 students attend APC member colleges throughout the state.

APC Students to Visit Albany

On Tues., March 1, APC students, faculty and administrators will visit Albany to thank lawmakers for supporting the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and encourage them to restore TAP parity for all students attending APC member colleges.

Delegates will remind lawmakers that in 2010, students enrolled in colleges that offer only two-year degrees had their TAP awards reduced by 20 percent. The reduction has impacted approximately 12,000 students statewide, some of whom need TAP the most.

“Many APC students have limited financial resources,” said Gurnett. “Some are single parents, working men and women, or among the first in their family to attend college. They have the academic qualifications, but many times lack the financial means. For thousands of APC students, TAP makes college possible. With this in mind, we implore lawmakers to restore the TAP reduction. We must provide all students the chance to succeed.”


 The Association of Proprietary Colleges represents 16 tax-paying, degree-granting colleges located on 28 campuses across New York. Proprietary colleges are one of the four sectors of higher education in New York.  APC member colleges offer degrees in associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, including business, health care, hospitality management, graphic arts, technology and more.
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