CSI Named “Top Master’s University” by Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly named the College of Staten Island a Top Master’s University in their national rankings.  According to their Website, “schools [are] based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

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CSI Ranks in Top 15% Nationwide for Alumni Salary Potential

PayScale’s 2015-2016 College Salary Report has ranked more than 1,000 colleges and universities by the median salaries of their alumni, placing the College of Staten Island in the top 15% nationwide.

The report sets out to rank the best universities and colleges by salary potential. According to Payscale.com, “By knowing how much you can expect to earn after getting your bachelor’s degree, you can choose a school wisely and set yourself up for future financial security.”

From the 1,034 colleges ranked, CSI tied for 132nd place, with an early career pay of $47,100 and mid-career pay of $90,800. Of those surveyed, 47% of respondents attached a “high meaning” to their post-CSI employment, saying their work helps make the world a better place, and 12% received their CSI degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM). When looking at the data for business majors, CSI ranks 248 out of 592 institutions.

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CSI named one of America’s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges

"Washington Monthly" has named CSI to its list of the nation's Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges.

Washington Monthly has named the College of Staten Island (CSI) one of America’s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges for 2015.

Based on the rankings published in their book The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You, the rankings highlight schools in the Northeast that offer a best value  based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well the institution performed in graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

CSI, a senior college of The City University of New York offering Doctorate to Associate degrees, landed at 326th place on the list for college’s in the Northeast.

Washington Monthly claims “The guide ranks schools based on the best available data on what really matters: which schools will charge you a fair price and not bury you in debt? Which help students graduate? Which provide degrees that allow you to earn a decent income? In a system that’s confusing and full of trap doors, The Other College Guide is a source of real information designed to help students navigate the process safely and successfully.”

View the rankings online at WashingtonMonthly.com


Forbes names CSI one of “America’s Top Colleges”

The “America’s Top Colleges” list by FORBES showcases colleges that offer a high return-on-investment education with a focus on just one measurement: outcomes.

The College of Staten Island ranks 154th in the Northeast, and 433rd in the nation on this prestigious list.  Ranking criteria include low student debt and high graduation rates, as well as student satisfaction and career success.

According to FORBES, “A  growing number of colleges and universities are now focusing on student-consumer value over marketing prestige, making this a new age of return-on-investment education. This pivot is the result of intense public scrutiny on the substantial cost of a degree vs. long tail worth — the very heart of FORBES definitive Top Colleges ranking, now in its eighth year”

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CSI Tops MONEY Magazine’s Best Colleges List for 2015-2016

MONEY magazine has published its list of the Best Colleges for 2015-2016 this week, identifying 736 schools, out of approximately 1,500 nationwide, that provide the best value for your tuition dollar.

With a “Value Added Grade” of A-, the College of Staten Island is ranked third for public institutions in New York State behind CUNY Baruch and SUNY Maritime, eighth among public institutions in the Mideast region, and 123rd overall on the Best Colleges list. This is the second year of growth for CSI in the rankings.

CSI is also featured on the published lists: “The 50 Best Public Colleges,” “The 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” and “The 50 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into.”

“It is especially rewarding when the day-to-day dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff, and the hard work of our students, can be recognized and celebrated in such prestigious national rankings,” commented Dr. William J. Fritz, President of the College of Staten Island, a senior college of The City University of New York. “CSI is no longer a ‘best-kept secret,’ and I am proud that our College continues to be further recognized in the national rankings as we take on an increasingly important role on the regional, national, and international stage.”

When MONEY set out to determine which of the country’s four-year colleges and universities delivered a great education at an affordable price that helped students launch promising careers, they evaluated approximately 1,500 schools nationwide on educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, as well as a “special value measure,”  which “considered how well students at each school did versus what would be expected given their economic and academic backgrounds, and the institution’s mix of majors.” Other factors included “merit aid, parent and student borrowing, the length of time to graduate, tuition increases, and other measures.”

“This is a great recognition of the commitment of CSI’s faculty and staff to provide high-quality education and support for our students’ success. This good work will continue as we build and maintain outstanding academic degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels to serve the community and the diverse population we serve,” notes Dr. Gary Reichard, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSI. “The recent creation of our three new Schools, in Business, Education, and Health Sciences, and the soon-to-be-built Interdisciplinary High-Performance Computing Center, together with our newly developed residence halls, will further strengthen CSI’s position as a leading institution in New York City.”

CSI made the “The 50 Best Public Colleges” list based upon being ranking highest on MONEY’s overall Best Colleges list and “The 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” list for being a school that best helps students exceed their expectations.

“What’s impressive is when a college can help students do far better than you’d expect based on their academic and economic backgrounds and the mix of majors at their schools (something we measure with what we call a value-added grade). These 50 schools do just that,” according to an explanation on MONEY.com.

View MONEY’s College Planner to Picking the Right School http://time.com/money/best-colleges

For detail on the ranking methodologies, visit: https://best-colleges.time.com/money/ranking-methodology

To view the CSI profile, visit: https://best-colleges.time.com/money/full-ranking#/school/cuny-college-of-staten-island

CSI receives 2015 LGBTQ Community Enrichment Award

CSI students, faculty, and staff proudly march at the annual Pride Parade in 2012.

The Staten Island LGBT Community Center will honor the College of Staten Island with its 2015 Community Enrichment Award. The award is in recognition of the College’s continued dedication and contributions to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and /or Queer) community under the leadership of Presidents Tomás Morales and William Fritz, and in acknowledgment of their commitment to providing a welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ faculty, staff, and students on campus.

CSI has a very active Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) that supports many social programs on campus. A recognized student group, GSA provides the opportunity for students to gain valuable leadership skills as well knowledge of how to plan events, work with a budget, and organize programs. The GSA has a long history of collaborative work with the Staten Island LGBT Community Center, which includes various workshops, programs, and special events.

In 2011, CSI reopened its LGBTQ Resource Center as part of the Office of Student Life. Dozens of LGBT and ally students utilize the space. Under the leadership of staff members Jeremiah Jurkiewicz and Carol Brower, the walk-in center includes a library and has been expanding its programming to include Safe Space training, an LGBTQ Convocation, and a Pride Camp.

In addition, CSI has hired many leading faculty members to teach queer studies. Over the last several years, the Women’s Studies program was renamed Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) Studies, which is an interdisciplinary program that includes LGBTQ Studies. Students are able to earn a Bachelor’s degree in WGS Studies.

In 2013, LGBTQ faculty members Matt Brim and David Gerstner, spearheaded and hosted the inaugural CUNY-wide “Queer-CUNY Symposium” that led to many new initiatives that are now supported by the University Chancellor and the University Dean of Recruitment and Diversity.

Next year, CSI will be conducting an all-campus climate assessment that will look at various dimensions of the learning, working, and learning environment, which will include LGBTQ issues.

The College impacts more than just the campus and University, however. CSI students, faculty, and staff also participate in the annual Pride Parade hosted by the Center as well as volunteer at the Center and Center-sponsored events. Additionally, the Staten Island LGBT Community Center is a placement site for students within the Master’s in Social Work degree program and Master’s-degree Mental Health interns, and is also a location for students in the CUNY Service Corps.

In addition, CSI is proud to host the fourth annual Lavender Graduation Reception in 2015 with a program that celebrates the successes of LGBTQ students, and allows faculty, staff, allies, and alumni to recognize their achievement in attaining a degree at CSI.

The Staten Island LGBT Community Center’s Community Enrichment Award will be given to the College of Staten Island on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Historic Old Bermuda Inn at its annual One Island One Pride Dinner Dance.

For more information about the event, please visit: www.pridecentersi.org/one-island-one-pride.

Past recipients of the Community Enrichment Award include the Unitarian Church of Staten Island and Staten Island University Hospital.

The Staten Island LGBT Community Center is a project of Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI), which is in the process of spinning off as the Pride Center of Staten Island, an independent non-profit that is a New York State and federally recognized 501(c)3 organization.

CSI Climbs 20 Spots in 2015 Best Colleges Rankings by U.S. News & World Report

For the second consecutive year, the College of Staten Island (CSI) has been named a U.S. News & World Report Best College.

In the 2015 edition of the “Best Colleges” issue of the magazine, CSI is ranked 115th in the overall Best Colleges list for Regional Universities (North), representing a positive growth of 20 positions, affirming CSI as a leading senior college of The City University of New York. When exclusively reviewing this list for public universities, CSI is ranked 36th.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the magazine’s ranking model offers “reliable and consistent data on nearly 1,800 schools to allow [parents and students] to compare them.”

“We are proud that CSI continues to climb in the U.S. News ranking model,” commented CSI President Dr. William J. Fritz. “Whereas rankings cannot fully capture the educational landscape of a college or university, the continued growth and national recognition of the high-quality education at the College of Staten Island is long overdue, and is the result of the exceptional efforts and dedication by our faculty, staff, and students. Once again, CSI is proud to join the flagship colleges of CUNY on this distinguished list and source of pride.”

“It is extremely gratifying to see the College of Staten Island gain national prominence,” added Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Fred Naider.  “Our continued growth in the national ranking landscape is a reflection of our renowned faculty and the College’s commitment to excellence and access.  We are very proud of our growing list of achievements by our students and faculty.”

CSI was first named one of “America’s Best Colleges” in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Since 2012, Washington Monthly magazine named CSI one of “America’s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges”; Business Insider, the leading business and technology news Website, named CSI to represent NY State in its list of top schools in the country with great academics and high acceptance rates; and G.I. Jobs magazine ranked CSI in the top 15% of “Military-Friendly” schools in the country. Most recently, MONEY magazine recognized CSI on its “Best Colleges for Your Money” list, and TIME magazine ranked CSI 48th out of 2,500 institutions of higher learning in the country when graduation rates, tuition, and the percentage of students who receive Pell Grants were equally weighted. When affordability was chosen to be of primary importance, CSI topped out as 22nd in the country on TIME‘s list.

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CSI featured on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” list

The College of Staten Island has recently gained more national recognition for excellence as it was named to Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. Money inaugurated its new “value rankings” to help prospective students find the right school at the right price, based upon a unique measure of educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes.

According to time.com, “To find out which of the nation’s roughly 1,500 four-year colleges offer the most bang for your tuition buck, Money screened out those with a below-average graduation rate and then ranked the 665 that remained on 18 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings provided by PayScale.com.” The “Best Colleges for Your Money” list was based upon enrollment, acceptance rate, and high school GPA data for the 2012-2013 academic year, the latest that was available from the Department of Education, according to the site.

The College of Staten Island ranked 183 in the country on the list which included a “value added” grade that rated each college in light of the economic and academic profile of its student body and the mix of majors at that school. “We then used a statistical technique to turn all the data points into a single score on a five-point scale and rated them accordingly,” the article’s introductory paragraph notes.

View the complete list and research the ranking methodology.

CSI has recently been ranked 48th in the country by TIME magazine and named a “Best-Bang-for-the-Buck” college by Washington Monthly magazine, and is climbing the ranks of U.S. News & World Report as a “Top College.” CSI has been ranked a “Top Military-Friendly School” in the country by GI Jobs magazine for five consecutive years.