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CUNY's Operation SEEK



CUNY's Operation SEEK


Description of SEEK program


Queens College (New York, N.Y.)


Shenker, Joseph




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)



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Queens, New York, N.Y.


Assistant to the Chancellor

With the rapid expansion of CUNY and the numerous new programs and operations, the Conference feels that it can perform a service to the faculty by bringing you descriptions of new developments at CUNY. We will continue to follow the operation of these new programs and will evaluate them in future issues.
Last September, the City University opened the largest university-level program in the nation to aid disadvantaged high school students and graduates to enter and stay in college. More than 3,500 such high school students and graduates are now enrolled in the various programs under way in the colleges of the University. Every program shares the common purpose of singling out the high school student or graduate with native unrevealed ability and find procedures that will help him matriculate in a degree program.
Unique among the various efforts in Operation SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge). The State Legislature provided $1 million in the City University Supplemental Aid and Construction Fund for the University to admit 1,000 high school graduates from officially designated poverty areas in New York City. The law under which SEEK operates is probable the first of its kind to be enacted anywhere. The Board of Higher Education authorized the expenditure of an additional $627,500 from available tax-levy funds.
The University addressed itself with a will to the challenge this opportunity presented. The direct result of strenuous effort
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- Legislative Confernece News, V4, no4, January 1967 {handwritten}

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is that Operation SEEK has now enrolled about 1,200 students, almost double the intended enrollment of 730 for the first semester. Of the 1,200 in the first group, 400 were in the day sessions of the senior colleges, and 300 in their Schools of General Studies, while 500 attended the evening sessions of the community colleges.
In July, on the enactment of the bill, the University sent out more than 1,500 letters to CIty agencies, community action organizations private schools, churches, labor unions, and legislators, invited them to nominate students for SEEK. About 5,000 names were received. All of hese eligible under the provisions of the Act-as high school graduates residing in poverty areas-were invited to come to the new City University Student Counseling and Information Center at 33 West 42nd Street. This Center was established in order to be sure that every student who responded to the invitation would receive counseling and individual guidance into programs suited to his needs. About 1,900 came and, and after consultation, were referred to the University's colleges.
SEEK students are enrolled, with a few others, in special college preparatory programs at Brooklyn, City and Queens Colleges. The Academic Talent Search Program at Brooklyn college includes 35 SEEK students and 20 others. Remedial work in reading and writing and counseling in study habits are given them through the Basic Skills Center and General Counseling Program.
Evaluation of the program is a continuous process involving the directors of the programs, faculty participants, and the SEEK Advisory committee comprised of the Honorable Herman Badillo, Borough President of the Bronx; Dr. Eugene Callender, Executive Director, New York Urban League; Dr. Kenneth Clark, Professor, The City College; Mrs. Almira Coursey, Board Member, New York City Council Against Poverty; Rev. Malcolm Evans, Pastor New Lots Reformed Church; Mrs. Helen Harris, Executive Director, United Neighborhood Houses; Mr. David Jones, Executive Director, Harlem Teams for Self-Help; Dr. Arthur Logan, M.D., Upper Manhattan Medical Group; Mr. Frank Negron, Executive Director, ASPIRA; Mr.s James Watson, Consultant, Community Development Agency. At this juncture, reaction has been positive and, if requested budgetary support is received, the program will be doubled during the next academic year.

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Shenker, Joseph, “CUNY's Operation SEEK,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 26, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/286.