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CMSV Identified as “Regional Leader” in Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities Report on Proposed STEM Incentive Program  


Riverdale, N.Y. – The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities has identified the University of Mount Saint Vincent as a “regional leader” for STEM-educated college graduates in a recent report on New York independent colleges. The report, “Stemming the Tide: How New York’s Independent Sector of Higher Education Can Help New York State Close the Gap in the Production of Bachelor’s Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM),” cites a recent study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that shows that the College has the highest proportion of STEM degrees awarded to Latino students of any Hispanic Serving Institution.

The report is written in response to the Executive Budget 2014-15 proposal to offer high school graduates scholarships to study in STEM-related fields, but only if they choose to enroll at the State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY). The study recommended the inclusion of independent campuses, like the University of Mount Saint Vincent, in the Governor’s proposed STEM Incentive Proposal.

“Based on the growing need for STEM degrees, I applaud the Governor’s recent proposal to create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program to offer the state’s best and brightest high school graduates with scholarships to study STEM-related fields. We agree that this investment will help fill job openings in some of the fastest growing sectors of the economy and encourage our best and brightest students to build their careers here in New York,” said Laura L. Anglin, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

“We are already behind, and risk widening the gap if we do not fully engage all campuses in creative efforts such as the Incentive Program.” Ms. Anglin continued. “Right now, every other scholarship program currently in statute enables students to take their state-funded scholarship equal in value to SUNY tuition to the New York independent college or university of their choice. To leverage all of New York’s higher education assets in bolstering our STEM-educated workforce, we want to ensure that program eligibility extends to students who wish to enroll in a private, not-for-profit college or university in New York State.

About the University of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the University of Mount Saint Vincent offers  nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of  study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education  of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.