Medgar Evers College
Medgar Evers College, named for the martyred civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers (1925-1963), was established in 1970 by the Board of Higher Education of the City of New York as a result of the advocacy of community residents in Central Brooklyn and educational and civic leaders throughout the City of New York.
In keeping with the philosophy of The City University of New York, the mission of the College is grounded in the belief that education is the right of all individuals in the pursuit of self-actualization. In addition, the College continues to develop and maintain high quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in conjunction with a liberal arts education. The College is committed to providing access, facilitating learning, and ensuring the success of its students in pursuit of their educational, career and personal goals.
The College offers baccalaureate and associate degree programs with strong articulation between the two-year and four-year programs. Our non-degree educational programs in adult and continuing education, basic literacy, and high school equivalency, as well as our centers for research and community advocacy and our social and cultural programs serve a broad range of community residents’ needs.
Over the past five years, Medgar Evers has experienced a 35% enrollment increase, including its highest enrollment ever this year, with over 7,000 students registered during the Fall and Spring semesters. They include accomplished scholars, such as our Business School students who captured first place in the Third Annual Wharton Undergraduate Marketing Conference case competition at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; the new inductees for the Lambda Rho Chapter of Delta Mu Delta International Honors Society; and students who have presented original research at conferences in San Antonio, Texas, San Francisco California, Seattle, Washington, and San Juan Puerto Rico, among other venues during the past year.
Medgar Evers has also made strides in recruiting high quality tenure-track faculty. Within the past two years, two of our faculty members have been awarded Fulbright scholarships, and another has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Medgar Evers has also begun offering three new degree programs, including an Accelerated BPS in Business Management Services. The College intends to develop similar degree programs that are closely tied to employment outcomes, as well as increase the services proffered by its Career Management Services Center. The College also anticipates the projected completed construction of Academic Complex I (a 198,000 gsf, $237 million dollar building) in July 2010.
Under the leadership of its current President, Dr. William L. Pollard, the College is working to become the most student-centered College in CUNY and beyond. Medgar Evers intends to continue recruiting high quality faculty and counselors in order to strengthen programs designed to increase retention and graduation. Approximately 30% of the College’s baccalaureate graduates have pursued graduate studies over the last decade; the College intends to strengthen student support services and mentoring programs specifically designed to increase this percentage. As enrollment increases, the College seeks to keep pace with the needs of an ever more diverse population by adding to its bilingual support services staff, as well as enhancing the services provided to its veteran and differently-abled student populations.
Many wonderful things are happening at Medgar Evers College, and we invite you, your family and friends to be a part of this success story as we continue “Creating Success, One Student at a Time.”