New Nassau Community College Initiative to Increase
 On-Time Degree Completion

ASAP Program Partners with SUNY in Proven Student Success Model 

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May 8, 2024, Garden City, NY – Nassau Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is accepting students into its new ASAP (Advancing Success in Associate Pathways) program for the Fall 2024 semester beginning September 3. The program is designed to provide motivated students with academic, social and financial support with the goal of graduating within three years.

ASAP provides many benefits for eligible students, including financial assistance with buying textbooks, incentive grants for indirect costs of education, a dedicated advisor, special registration options, opportunity to take classes with fellow ASAP students to foster community, and career counseling and academic support services. Students apply for the program on the NCC website. The college’s initial cohort of 73 students began their studies in the Spring 2024 semester.

“Programs like ASAP and ACE (the Accelerate, Complete and Engage baccalaureate program) have a strong, nationally recognized track record of boosting student success by focusing on academic achievement and student support,” said SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. SUNY estimates that the two programs will support at least 3,750 students across 25 participating campuses.

“At our heart, we believe that every student carries a unique potential to transform not just their own lives, but the world around them,” said NCC’s ASAP Director Kerry Nelson. “Our mission is clear – to provide comprehensive support that addresses the diverse needs of our students, ensuring that they have the tools, resources and guidance necessary to graduate within three years.”

 “Nassau Community College is continually looking for proactive initiatives to increase overall student outcomes and help students graduate on time,” said Dr. Charmian Smith, Interim Vice President of Academic Student Services. “We are excited to join with SUNY and look forward to the benefits that our students will gain from this proven academic support program.”

 “Our commitment is to nurture, guide and empower each student on their journey through higher education,” said William Clyde, Director of the college’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). “ASAP is yet another resource we will utilize to prepare NCC students to thrive in their educational and professional endeavors.”

ASAP is modeled on the highly successful City University of New York (CUNY)  Accelerated Study in Associate Program, which has been found through rigorous evaluation to dramatically increase completion rates, narrow opportunity gaps, and realize cost efficiencies and benefits.

To find out more about NCC’s ASAP program visit

About Nassau Community College

Nassau Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, provides a comprehensive public college experience designed to transform lives through higher education. Serving 17,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, NCC offers more than 80 programs that lead to an associate’s degree or certificate. Through on-campus and online offerings, the College educates local and international students, and boasts 163,000 alumni. Situated on 225 acres in Garden City, Long Island, the college grounds reside in historic Nassau County, one of the most desirable locations to live in the United States and an epicenter for business and careers. Since 1959, NCC has earned a nationwide reputation for academic excellence, affordability, and ease of transferability to four-year schools. 

Media Contact:  Gail Mattimore | | (516) 572-9634

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