For Counselors and Admissions Officers
CLIP is open to ESL students who have been admitted to any CUNY college
and have not passed the CUNY ACT tests in reading and/or writing. It is offered
on 9 CUNY campuses. (Locations
- entering freshmen who need to strengthen their English language skills
before starting their first college semester
- matriculated students who have been academically dismissed from a four-year
college, having failed the same ESL course twice
- matriculated students who are not succeeding in their ESL classes
Upon completion of a maximum of one year of study, CLIP students return to their
home campuses for placement into the appropriate college level courses.
CLIP is an excellent option for ESL students who prefer a full-time
approach to their English language studies that does not
draw upon their financial aid allocation. Students are also referred to CLIP
by college Offices of Admissions, Freshman Year Programs, SEEK, and College
Discovery. In addition, faculty in ESL and Developmental Skills departments
refer students they believe will benefit from the CLIP instructional model.
CLIP is an intensive
academic English Language program. Classes meet 25 hours
a week (five hours per day, five days per week), in both day and evening sessions.
CLIP is low cost
. Students do not use their financial aid while
in CLIP. Instead, they pay a small fee and save their financial aid allocation
for subsequent college coursework. There are reduced rates for students on public
assistance and in SEEK and College Discovery programs, and higher fees for non-residents.
CLIP uses a content-based curriculum
. Students learn English
through studying topics in American history, literature, environmental studies,
and others. In this way, students build their knowledge base at the same time
as they develop their reading, writing and oral communication skills in English.
(Sample course descriptions
CLIP classes are offered at all English language skill levels
Students are placed according to an essay exam and an objective test for listening
comprehension, reading, vocabulary and grammar. The students' CUNY ACT reading
and writing scores are also factors in placement. Students can stay in the program
for up to one full year (including a summer term). When they leave the program,
students are retested on the CUNY ACT per university guidelines.
students to college services
as academic and career counseling and financial aid. CLIP students attend campus
events, meet with professors and sit in on classes in their prospective majors,
and avail themselves of campus resources such as libraries and gyms. CLIP alumni,
now successful college students and graduates, serve as mentors and advisors
to current CLIP students. (CLIP students’ comments.)
CLIP is a demanding program
. It is suitable only for those
students who can participate in a class that meets five hours per day, five
days per week (in day or evening sessions). Students must also devote time outside
of class for reading and other homework assignments. To be successful in CLIP,
students have to balance their work, family and CLIP obligations.