City College of New York and Guttman Community College Partnership Creates Streamlined Pathway to Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies



June 7, 2023 | Academics, Urban Studies

New York, N.Y. (June 6, 2023) – An articulation agreement signing was held on Monday, May 22 to formalize a partnership between Stella and Charles Guttman Community College and City College of New York (CCNY) of The City University of New York.

Articulation agreements between the two colleges facility ate timely college completion through efficient transfer of associate degree credits toward a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and the Built Environment in the Department of Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at CCNY.

“The Guttman community is elated to partner with the City College of New York to forge educational transfer pathways for students. We believe this articulation agreement to be an essential partnership that will expand the students’ knowledge and prepare them to contribute to the New York City ecosystem of Urban Studies scholars and professionals,” said Guttman President Larry Johnson.

City College President Boudreau said, “CCNY’s connection with community colleges like Guttman is an essential pathway for more and more New York City students. We know that this agreement, providing as it does guidance and transparency for students, will make an essential contribution to their success. That an urban institution of our caliber provides this pathway into urban studies is wonderful news for everyone.”

Those in attendance for the signing on behalf of Guttman Community College included President Larry Johnson; Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Nicola Blake; Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Dr. Danny Ambrose; Executive Chief of Staff, Dr. Rosslyn Knight; and Urban Studies Program Coordinator/Associate Professor Molly Makris. In attendance on behalf of City College of New York were President Vincent Boudreau; Dean, Spitzer School of Architecture, Dr. Marta Gutman; Director of General Education Ana Vasovic; Director of Finance & Administration, Spitzer School of Architecture, Camille Hall; Chairperson of the Architecture Department, Spitzer School of Architecture, Sean Weiss; and Distinguished Lecturer, Spitzer School of Architecture, Cassim Shepard.

“Aligning our curriculum to create this exceptional partnership has been a truly rewarding experience, and it will benefit our students in profound ways,” said Dr. Blake.

“We at Spitzer are thrilled to be collaborating with our colleagues at Guttman. Working together we’ve authored a fine, original, unique program: the BA in Urban Studies and the Built Environment. I so look forward to launching the new major and welcoming Guttman students to the Spitzer School of Architecture in the coming year,” said City College Dean Marta Gutman.

To apply for a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Guttman students must satisfy certain criteria, such as completing requirements for the Associate of Arts in Urban Studies and achieving a minimum GPA of 2.0. To learn more about the partnership, please contact Guttman Community College Office of Academic Affairs at 646-313-8025 or or CCNY’s Dr. Gutman at 212-650-7284 or

 The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines since 1847. CCNY embraces its role at the forefront of social change. Located in the heart of New York City, CCNY is home to such important ‘firsts’ as; The first college explicitly founded on the ideal of educating the ‘whole people’, the first documentary film program in the U.S., the first intercollegiate lacrosse game played in the U.S., the first student government in the nation, and the longest-running Alumni Association in the U.S. It is ranked #1 by The Chronicle of Higher Education out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index.

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College was CUNY’s first new community college in more than forty years. Reimagining what community college could be, Guttman opened its doors in Manhattan in August 2012 to create a research-based, innovative model focused on moving students efficiently toward graduation. Offering associate degree programs in a nurturing environment, the College’s three-year graduation rate consistently surpasses the national average, and most graduates transfer to senior colleges. Guttman is federally designated as a Hispanic-serving institution and minority-serving institution with more than 85% of the student population identifying as Latine or Black/African American. The College was named the best community college in America in 2020 and the top community college in New York State for 2020, 2021, and 2022 by and other ranking agencies.