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    QC unveils 4 year graduation program for Fall 2017

    Queens College recently unveiled its “QC in 4” four-year graduation plan, which will be available this fall for incoming freshmen. Students who commit to the voluntary four-year plan agree to earn 30 credits a year, completing 15 each semester starting Fall 2017. Students are also expected to enroll each fall and spring semester without interruption, with the option of attending classes during the winter intersessions and summer sessions and applying those credits toward their required minimum. The program is the only one of its kind in New York City. “We’re very proud of our talented, hard-working and ambitious students,” QC President Felix Matos Rodriguez said. “We know our graduates lose…

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    Unveiling OASIS and improving success for underprivileged students

    Coming to Queens College is a new initiative aimed at increasing minority graduation rates. Optimizing Academic Success and Institutional Strategy is Education Trust’s innovative initiative to improve higher education success for underprivileged students. The organization, which is a non-profit advocacy, promotes programs aimed at helping students of low-income and minorities in order to close achievement gaps completely. The initiative will be implemented in 11 schools, including Florida A&M University and University of Houston. Among these colleges are six Hispanic-Serving Institutions, four Historically Black Colleges and Universities and one urban research institution. Bonita Brown, Director of Higher Education Practice at EdTrust, said that the initiative will be composed of HBCUs and…

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    Examining the differences between American and Greek education

    Greece’s debt crisis led to major implications across the country, including the eternal student phenomenon in higher education. An eternal student takes extra college courses to delay entering the workforce. Education in Greece is free, encouraging the delay. “Greece is in a difficult situation. How to keep the things such as quality, free education for all but, at the same time, creating avenues that people can find access to jobs,” Gerassimos Karabelias, professor at Panteion University in Greece, said. Karabelias spoke at Queens College on Oct. 19 about the effects of the Greek debt crisis, which began in 2009. “Students did not feel stressed or pressured to complete their studies.…