Commending Matthew Goldstein for 14 years of invaluable service to the State as chancellor of The City University of New York

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  • 24 / May / 2013
  • 30 / May / 2013
  • 30 / May / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Matthew Goldstein for 14 years of
invaluable service to the State as chancellor of The City University of
New York

WHEREAS, New York State is proud to be home to a world-renowned public
university system that includes The City University of New York (CUNY),
which provides access to quality higher education for New Yorkers and
for people throughout the nation; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Matthew
Goldstein for his invaluable service to the State as chancellor of The
City University of New York; he will be stepping down after 14 years of
distinguished service; and
WHEREAS, Matthew Goldstein, a mathematician/statistician and former
president of Baruch College, the CUNY Research Foundation, and Adelphi
University, was appointed chancellor of CUNY in 1999, the first CUNY
graduate (City College of New York, 1963) to lead the University, which
comprises 24 colleges and professional schools throughout New York City;
under Chancellor Goldstein's leadership, CUNY has experienced a widely
lauded transformation; and
WHEREAS, Chancellor Goldstein enacted a series of reforms to elevate
CUNY's academic profile while maintaining its historic mission of
access, including raising admission standards for baccalaureate
colleges, implementing uniform assessment measures, establishing Univer-
sity-wide accountability processes, and, developing a faculty recruit-
ment initiative that, since 1999, has brought over 2,000 new full-time
faculty members to the University; and
WHEREAS, Chancellor Goldstein oversaw a strengthening of partnerships
with the New York City Department of Education to enhance student prepa-
ration for, and participation in, higher education, leading to one of
the most comprehensive programs of K-12 collaborations in the country,
including the College Now program - the nation's largest dual enrollment
program, serving over 20,000 students annually - as well as specialized
high schools on CUNY campuses, 14 early college high schools, and the
Graduate NYC initiative to increase student readiness and success in
college; and
WHEREAS, The result of a University-wide emphasis on high standards
and academic rigor has been record enrollments -- more than 270,000
degree-seeking students and 220,000 individuals in adult and continuing
education -- a highly diverse student body, increased graduation rates,
growing numbers of high-achieving students, and the proliferation of
CUNY students winning nationally competitive awards, including Rhodes,
Truman, Marshall, and Goldwater scholarships and National Science Foun-
dation graduate fellowships; and
WHEREAS, Chancellor Goldstein's vision also included the creation of
new schools and colleges within CUNY, including the highly acclaimed
William E. Macaulay Honors College, the CUNY School of Professional
Studies, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of
Public Health, and, most recently, the New Community College at CUNY,
adding an innovative new model to the system's six established community
colleges; and
WHEREAS, Chancellor Goldstein has also emphasized the importance of
research and study in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engi-
neering, and mathematics) through the launch of the Decade of Science
initiative, begun in 2005 and focused on increasing student proficiency
in the STEM fields, enhancing research capacity, intensifying faculty
recruiting, and building and upgrading science facilities, including the
new CUNY Advanced Science Research Center; and

WHEREAS, Chancellor Goldstein developed the "compact" approach to
funding, a partnership between government and the University focused on
meeting the University's operational needs, investing in academic prior-
ities, enabling students to plan for tuition costs, and maintaining
financial aid, and a model affirmed by Governor Cuomo and the New York
State Legislature in their historic approval of a five-year tuition plan
for CUNY and SUNY in 2011; and
WHEREAS, Chancellor Goldstein launched CUNY's first University-wide
fund-raising campaign in 2004, partnering with thousands of CUNY alumni,
as well as foundations and corporations, to support the University
through student scholarships, endowed chairs and faculty fellowships,
academic programs, and capital projects, meeting the campaign's goal of
raising $1.2 billion in record time, and initiating a second phase, now
on track to reach $3 billion by 2015; and
WHEREAS, At Chancellor Goldstein's direction, the University has
created a common curricular structure through the "Pathways to Degree
Completion" initiative, in order to streamline student transfer, enhance
the quality of general education, establish system-wide learning
outcomes, and ensure that students do not exhaust financial aid
resources and increase time to degree because of inconsistent transfer
and general education policies; and
WHEREAS, Chancellor Goldstein is nationally recognized for his educa-
tional work, serving on the U.S. Teaching Commission and the New York
State Commission on Higher Education and leading two national summits on
public higher education; he has also been a dedicated civic leader,
chairing the 2010 New York City Charter Revision Commission by appoint-
ment and serving as chair of the New York City Regional Economic Devel-
opment Council and a member of the latest New York Education Reform
Commission, both also by appointment; and
WHEREAS, In completing his service, Matthew Goldstein leaves behind
more than mere bricks and mortar; he leaves behind a legacy to the resi-
dents of The City University of New York community and to future gener-
ations of its students; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Matthew Goldstein for 14 years of invaluable service to the
State as chancellor of The City University of New York; and be it
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Matthew Goldstein.


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