The College of Staten Island has a unique history as part of the City University of New York (CUNY). The formation of the College of Staten Island coincides in many ways with the development of the borough of Staten Island and its struggle for acknowledge in the greater New York City. The article discusses how the institution was an outcome of compromise, conflict, politics, and desperation. The story begins with the development of the Richmond County/the Borough of Staten Island, the fight for New York City's first public community college, the establishment of New York City's first Upper Division Undergraduate Institution, and the 1970s Fiscal Crisis of New York City.
Rivera, Mark, "The Fight for Public Higher Education in Staten Island: The Saga of the College of Staten Island" (2011). CUNY Academic Works.