On June 8, 2020, protestors were invited to Medgar Evers College to march in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and honor George Floyd. However, a small group of disgruntled Medgar Evers College community members used a megaphone to manipulate the protestors into chanting for the immediate removal of President Rudolph F. Crew. Protestors have reached out to the College to voice their anger over this perverse deception. The College is disgusted that this small, disgruntled group used this tactic to co-opt the memory of George Floyd and the positive intentions of the protestors in order to serve their selfish motives.

This group consisted of approximately 10 faculty and staff members plus one single student. For several months, this same group has openly expressed its opposition without any repercussions, which demonstrates that the group does not and should not harbor any fear of reprisal for exercising its first amendment right to free speech. The small size of the group, however, does show that its members have not garnered broad-based support among Medgar Evers College faculty, staff, or students over the last several months. 

While the group uses pseudonyms like “Committee to Protect the Mission and Integrity of Medgar Evers College” to create the impression that its allegations are accurate and the group is large, the empirical data that forms the basis of their claims does not exist.

Conversely, over the past seven years, President Crew has made measurable improvements at the College. Most notably under his leadership, the College was brought back from the brink of losing its accreditation. Other key accomplishments include:

  • Graduate headcount increased from 990 in 2013–2014 to 1,269 in 2018–2019 (the highest ever in the history of the College);
  • First-time freshmen student enrollment increased from 1,046 in 2013 to 1,187 in 2018;
  • Overall student retention has increased since 2013; and
  • Reduced number of freshmen students in need of remediation from nearly 90% in 2013 to less than 50% in 2020.

President Crew decided that he will serve the College until August 2021, and the City University of New York fully supports his decision.


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  1. This response by the administration of Medgar Evers College is symptomatic of its lack of decency and it reminds us of the unfitness of this leadership team at Medgar Evers College.

    In a moment when the entire country and indeed the world stands in solidarity with those, particularly our young people, who are lifting up their voice to decry systemic racism and the police brutality that led to the brutal silencing of George Floyd, and the countless killings of black and brown unarmed youth, this administration seeks to silence the voices of young students at Medgar Evers College who are attempting to hold them accountable for their failed tenure at Medgar Evers College.

    We will not engage this stunning lack awareness and temperament.

    Let us address the factual issues.

    Enrollment:

    The Crew administration’s document notes that in 2007 the College’s enrollment was 5522 and that in 2013, the final year of the Pollard administration , the enrollment was 6491. This is an increase of, 6491-5522 = 969, students.

    In 2014, at the beginning of the Crew administration, Medgar’s enrollment was 6701. In 2019 based on figures in the administration’s own document, our enrollment was 5798. This is a loss of, 5798-6701 = – 903, students!

    Fact: The Crew-Okereke administration has lost almost all of the enrollment gains of the Pollard era.

    Is this an example of the measurable improvements at the College that has resulted from Crew-Okereke leadership team?

  2. Graduate Headcount: The Crew-Okereke administration that “Graduate headcount increased from 990 in 2013–2014 to 1,269 in 2018–2019 (the highest ever in the history of the College).”

    The supporting document provided by the administration notes that in 2007 the total graduate headcount was 726 and that in 2013, the final year of the Pollard administration, the total graduate headcount was 999 an increase of, 999-726 = 273, students. An increase of 37.60 % in the graduate headcount.

    In 2014, at the beginning of the Crew administration, the total graduate headcount was 999. In 2019 based on the graduate headcount was 1269, indeed the highest in our history but we were already on an upward trend. How do we compare this with the previous administration? The Crew-Okereke increase of 1269-999 = 270 students represents a 27.02 % increase in graduate headcount from where this administration started.

    Evidently , the data provided by the administration as evidence of measurable improvements made during their tenure makes clear that the Pollard increase in graduate headcount was 10% greater that the Crew increase in the graduate headcount.

    To reiterate: Medgar Evers College did better in increasing the graduate headcount under the Pollard administration than under the Crew administration.

    Is this an example of the measurable improvements at the College that has resulted from Crew-Okereke leadership team cited by the administration in this letter?

  3. The Crew-Okereke administration asserts that “Overall student retention has increased since 2013”.

    Student retention is measured by looking at the percentage of students who successfully complete a program of study within a certain time-frame at the same institution in which they were situated at the beginning of the measurement period.

    Please see here, https://www.cuny.edu/irdatabook/rpts2_AY_current/RTGI_0007_FT_FTFR_BACC_COMP-ME.pdf, the institutional retention rates of Full-time First-time Freshmen in Baccalaureate Programs by Year of Entry at Medgar Evers College.

    The data is clear:

    From Fall 2009-Fall 2012, prior to the arrival of President Crew, the average one year retention rate was 64.375%. From Fall 2013 to Fall 2018, the Crew years, the average one year retention rate was 64.233%. It is strictly less that the pre Crew era retention rate and statistically indistinguishable.

    From Fall 2009-Fall 2012, prior to the arrival of President Crew, the average two year retention rate was 42.95%. From Fall 2013 to Fall 2018, the Crew years, the average two year retention rate was 42.10%. It is, once again, strictly speaking less that the pre Crew era retention rate and statistically indistinguishable.

    These are the facts the the Crew-Okereke administration characterizes as “Overall student retention has increased since 2013”.

    This is an example of the measurable improvements at the College that has resulted from Crew-Okereke leadership team cited by the administration in this letter.

  4. Wow! You mean the college cannot accurately measure its own data? Or are they deliberately lying? Sad.

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