Building Competence, Confidence and Character

APC Member Colleges Empower and Support Students to Ensure Success.


Today the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) released the third segment in a video series titled, “AIM (Ambition, Inspiration, and Motivation) High,” featuring students and faculty from Monroe College.

In the minute-long video, which can be viewed here, Monroe College male students explain how the college’s AIMHigh Empowerment Institute (AIMHigh EI) has changed their lives for the better, motivating them to be successful in all aspects of life.

“APC member colleges create opportunities to help educationally disadvantaged and minority students, thrive and graduate,” said Donna Gurnett, APC executive director. “This includes offering small class sizes, which provide a more attentive learning environment; internship programs, which energize students by putting them in real work settings; and remedial programs, which help students acclimate to the pace and demands of college study. Monroe College’s AIMHigh EI program provides young men, many who come from disenfranchised neighborhoods, the academic and social resources to become successful in life.”

Monroe College has approximately 7,000 students and 1,100 faculty and staff members, with campuses in the Bronx and New Rochelle. It also has an extension site in Queens.

Monroe College created the AIMHigh EI in the fall of 2014 to counter troubling national statistics regarding the weak enrollment – and even weaker program completion rates – for urban young men of color. Through AIMHigh EI, select students acquire the skills, confidence, and perspective to effectively transform their lives through education.

Inductees participate in twice-weekly mentoring sessions where they receive guidance on academics, job skills, personal conduct and character, and are counseled on how best to manage any personal challenges. They visit local schools to inspire others and engage in myriad community outreach and volunteering projects to learn accountability and responsibility. A full 90 percent of AIMHigh EI students were still actively enrolled one year later – a retention rate nearly double the national trend, with 12 percent of them making the dean’s or president’s list.

“Monroe College is a national leader in educating urban and international students, and through this transformative program, we have shown that we can change the trajectory of at-risk students’ lives and make a meaningful impact on their futures,” said Dr. Cecil Wright, dean of admissions and founder of Male Empowerment at Monroe College. “As educators and members of the community, we view it as our responsibility to help young men find the competence, confidence, and character they need to truly thrive and lead meaningful, productive lives.”

APC Students to Visit Albany

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

Delegates will remind lawmakers that in 2010, students who enrolled in colleges that offer only two-year degrees had their TAP awards reduced by 20 percent. The reduction has impacted roughly 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 moreDuring the 2013-14 academic year, APC member colleges conferred 8,695 degrees. And of those, 918 were masters and doctoral degrees.

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