The Office of Strategic Planning and Accreditation at Guttman Community College is responsible for oversight of New York State accreditation, Middle States accreditation, the performance management process, and strategic planning.

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College of the City University of New York is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000).

Candidate for Accreditation is a status of affiliation with a regional accrediting commission which indicates that an institution has achieved initial recognition and is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation. It has provided evidence of sound planning, appears to have the resources to implement the plans, and appears to have the potential for reaching its goals within a reasonable time. A site visit by an evaluation team is scheduled from March 26–29, 2017.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

On June 21, 2011, the New York State Board of Regents approved an amendment to the long-range master plan of The City University of New York authorizing the establishment of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, formerly The New Community College at CUNY, in Manhattan and authorizing the College to offer initially associate degree programs in five discipline areas of business, the health professions, the humanities, the physical sciences, engineering, and the social sciences.

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Board of Regents voted to grant accreditation to Guttman Community College for a period of five years with the condition that the college submit an interim report at the end of three years confirming effective implementation of program plans and student outcomes, including student persistence, graduation rates, and transfers to four-year baccalaureate programs in their field of study. The College submitted the interim report dated December 14, 2015, to the NYSED, and the Department acknowledged that “the report addresses all Regents’ accreditation requirements and no additional information is requested at this time.”

Currently, Guttman Community College offers these registered programs leading to associate degrees:

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Business Administration
  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Human Services
  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Urban Studies
  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Information Technology.

The Center for College Effectiveness (CCE) is now part of the Office of Information Services.  Learn more about the CCE.

Guttman’s Office of Testing Services provides information and services pertaining to the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) and the Ability to Benefit (ATB) tests.


Yvonne Rubie

Academic Testing Director
Tel: (646) 313-8172

Terry Houston

Testing Specialist
Tel: (646) 313-8006

CUNY Assessment Tests

The CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) evaluate competencies in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Students take these tests when they are first admitted to college unless they have demonstrated proficiency in these subject areas by other standards. Here is a review of the CUNY admissions assessment test requirements.

The Reading Test

The Reading Test is designed to measure reading comprehension and is untimed, multiple choice, and is a computer based exam. A score of at least 55 is considered a demonstration of proficiency.

The Writing Test

The Writing Test is designed to measure the ability to do college-level writing in English based on critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. 90 minutes is allotted for the completion of this paper-and-pen test (time may differ for students with accommodations.) Non-electronic dictionaries are allowed. A score of 56 or higher demonstrates proficiency.

The Math Test

The math test is untimed, multiple choice, and computer based. The test consists of:

  • Elementary algebra
  • College Level Math

There is a calculator available in the test program for questions where a calculator is deemed necessary.   A score of 57 or higher on the Elementary Algebra portion of the test is used to demonstrate proficiency in Elementary Algebra.


For students who do not demonstrate proficiency on entry to Guttman Community College, there will be opportunities to do so through re-testing. The Office of Testing Services coordinates these opportunities with faculty in relevant subject areas.

The City University of New York follows a Performance Management Process (PMP) that links planning and goal setting by the University and its colleges and professional schools, measures annual progress towards key goals, and recognizes excellent performance.

The PMP at Guttman Community College