New York Colleges Seek to Dispel Misconceptions

Association of Proprietary College Members Help Students Graduate On-Time and Prepared to Make an Immediate Contribution in the Workforce.

The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) today released the first in a series of postcards challenging a number of myths spread about the degree-granting proprietary sector of higher education in New York.

The first message tackles the myth that proprietary colleges fail to provide a path to timely college degrees for their students.

Fact: New York’s proprietary colleges have higher on-time associate degree graduation rates than other sectors of higher education, according to the New York State Education Department.  

What’s more, APC member colleges have increased their on-time graduation rates for bachelor degrees by three percent since 2011, and meet or exceed the statewide average graduation rate.

“Graduating with a quality education is ultimately the key to success for our students,” said Donna Gurnett, president and CEO of APC. “Graduation helps ensure students are able to find good jobs and are able to repay their students loans.”

Recent studies have shown that student loan borrowers who struggle the most to repay their loans are often students who do not complete a degree. They default on their student loans at nearly three times the rate of borrowers who earned a degree.[1]

“APC member colleges offer their students exceptional support throughout their college experience,” said Gurnett. “Common themes include individual attention, small class sizes (average student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1), counseling and financial literacy training and career development. This attention and support translates into more students successfully graduating on time with lower student debt overall.”

Additionally, many APC member colleges offer a 12-credit, three-semester model that encourages students to attend year round and reach graduation sooner.

During this legislative session in Albany, APC members are urging lawmakers to:

  • Expand eligibility to the proposed Excelsior Scholarship program, enabling students attending APC member colleges to participate;
  • Increase the maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award to $6,500 annually;
  • Expand the TAP income threshold from $80,000 to $100,000; and
  • Reinstate TAP for graduate students.

“We are proud of our students and our long-standing record of achievement and we look forward to working with New York policymakers and lawmakers to ensure all students are granted the opportunity to succeed,” Gurnett said.


The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) represents 14 fully accredited, degree granting colleges operating on 25 college campuses in New York State offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Our colleges are located across the state from Buffalo, to Long Island, Jamestown to Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and the entire NYC metropolitan area. There are more than 50,000 students enrolled in proprietary colleges throughout New York State and APC member colleges serve more than 35,000 of these students.

Please visit www.apc-colleges.org and follow us on Twitter @APCColleges and Facebook @ APCColleges .

Members of APC include:

Berkeley College
Bryant & Stratton College
The College of Westchester
Elmira Business Institute
Five Towns College
Island Drafting & Technical Institute
Jamestown Business College
LIM College
Monroe College
New York Career Institute
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Plaza College
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
The Swedish Institute