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PSC Resolution on Open Admissions:  

 "To Educate the Children
of the Whole People" 

Restoring Open Access
to Higher Education

 
Presented to and Endorsed by the annual Convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), July, 2000.  Endorsed by the state AFL CIO, and the Modern Language Association.


Whereas, the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social, and
Cultural Right (entered into force 1/3/76 in accordance with article 27)
mandates that "Higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on
the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the
progressive introduction of free education"; and'

Whereas open access policies at the City University of New York (beginning
with the Open Admissions program won in 1969 by militant, faculty-supported,
student direct action at City College), and more generally nationwide, have
given hundreds of thousands of working class students, students of color, and
recent immigrants their only chance to obtain a first-rate college
education; and

Whereas, open access policies at the City University of New York (CUNY) and
across the country have suffered vicious political attacks from their
inception, including vilification by politicans and the media, constantly
rising tuition and spurious high-stakes testing barriers for students,
precipitous cuts in public funding under both Democratic and Republican
governors and the shrinking by half of the full-time CUNY college faculty and
staff through attrition and increasing recourse by management to
disgracefully exploited part-time faculty; and

Whereas the attack on open access has been sharply escalated by the Trustees'
1999 abolition of developmental courses ("remediation") at the CUNY senior
colleges; and

Resolved, we strongly support the right of all high school graduates to have
an equal opportunity to obtain a college education at affordable tuition
(with the progressive introduction of free college education), and therefore
strongly support the restoration of open access, developmental courses, and
reduced tuition at the City University of New York.