Since 1984, the collaboration between Queens College and Townsend Harris High School has been a successful, thriving example of a secondary/higher education partnership and, as of 1995, the opening of THHS on the QC campus has enhanced that relationship. The program is administered by the Office of College Preparatory Programs under the aegis of the Queens College Division of Education. Direction and support are provided by the Dean of Education, Dr. Craig Michaels, and the Coordinator of the Center for the Improvement of Education, Dr. Paul Longo.
CPP coordinates the “Bridge Year” program for Townsend Harris seniors, which includes a year-long team-taught Humanities Colloquium at the College and enrollment in QC electives.
Each year, College Preparatory Programs supports various collaborative projects – some have become annual “events” and some vary with interest, opportunity, and budget. We welcome all members of the college community to make inquiries and suggest projects.
College Preparatory Programs office staff provide a number of services ranging from the day to day operation of the office to registration, orientation, and admissions processing, managing the collaboration’s ongoing projects, and initiating new ones.
The Office of College Preparatory Programs (Robin Hizme and her administrative staff: Joseph Merino and Edie Balogh) regularly visit THHS to orient and counsel parents, students, faculty, and staff about a variety of topics regarding Townsend Harris students at Queens College, including college policies, academic standards, schedules, college course electives, Queens College registration and admissions procedures, and special programs such as the Bridge Year Program.
The staff registers the Seniors in the THHS Bridge Year Program, an involved process, directly from the College Preparatory Programs office. This includes close, cooperative, on-going teamwork with the Queens College Admissions Department, Registrar’s Office, Bursar’s Office, and THHS Guidance and Programming Offices.
The staff also act as THHS student advocates, periodically checking all the senior records to make sure that the college has made no errors in such areas as Tuition Waivers, Scheduling, lost Test scores, grades, etc. They counsel students concerning their questions and difficulties with college classes, grade problems, and, if necessary, act as intermediaries with specific faculty and chairs of departments regarding student progress. Their goal is to effectively integrate THHS students into Queens College, see that they get necessary individual attention, and do not get lost in the cracks of a large, unfamiliar university system. Part of this process includes an Orientation to the Bridge Year for all of the students each Fall.
The office of College Preparatory Programs is also in charge of the administration of the Freshman Humanities Colloquium, including hiring of adjunct faculty from various disciplines to team-teach this “great books” course.
Our Contact Information
College Preparatory Programs
65-30 Kissena Blvd. Klapper Hall 315
Flushing, NY 11367