The mission of the Communication Skills courses is to help students acquire the necessary cognitive tools to read, comprehend, and retain the wide variety of college-level materials necessary to succeed in LaGuardia's degree programs, and/or to move on to four-year schools. We are committed to providing students with the background knowledge and critical reading and thinking skills necessary to become an educated person.
The focus of a CSE course is exposition though we incorporate other forms as well. Our courses prepare students for their introductory courses in the majors. Thus students engage with content, vocabulary, and study skills that they use to read their textbooks, to listen to class lectures, and write class assignments. Our classes consist of lively discussions, arguments, careful listening and thinking.
The CSE courses participate in community projects, high school-college collaborations, learning communities, conferences, scholarly research, grants, and events throughout the college, CUNY and the community. The faculty is innovative and includes nationally recognized experts in the field. If CUNY is the gateway to a wider world for our students, the Communication Skills Program is the threshold.
This page answers some frequently asked questions about the COMPASS/ACT Reading Test and other requirements for college reading courses at LaGuardia (Mr. Joseph Evering & the Reading Lab staff).