A Work Group of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education



In January 2001, under the auspices of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council for Higher Education (LIRACHE) and the Long Island Works Coalition (LI Works), a group of Long Island college presidents and school district superintendents met to address issues relating to the difficulties they encounter in attracting a top-quality workforce.  They determined that they face the same challenges to recruitment (e.g., a shrinking labor pool, an inadequately skilled work force, high housing costs, inadequate public transportation, congested roadways, and changing regional demographics) as all other local employers.  They also determined that by working together, higher education and K through 12 institutions could help to create an environment that would attract a first-class workforce to Long Island, develop the competencies of current and future teachers, and provide outstanding learning experiences to our students.


The LIRACHE Superintendents/College Presidents Partnership (SCPP) is a unique and ongoing forum that addresses matters affecting teaching and learning on Long Island.  Recognizing that Pre-K through 12 and postsecondary institutions are systemically interdependent, the Partnership identifies shared solutions across academic levels.  The Partnership engages other sectors (e.g., business, government) in collaborations to improve the quality of life, work, and learning in our region.

Our Mission:

  1. To support the continuous improvement of teacher education programs
  2. To attract more high school graduates to Long Island colleges; thereby increasing the likelihood that they will choose to live and work locally
  3. To encourage students to pursue teaching careers in subject areas that have shortages: science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
  4. To address issues of transition for all students.


  • College Readiness Regional Forum with NYSED, March 2020 / Postponed due to SARS-CoV-2
  • College Readiness Forum, Regional Update with NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Nov. 2018
  • College Readiness Forum, Spring 2018
  • College Readiness: Guidance Forum, May 2017
  • College Readiness Research Publication(s) Spring 2017
  • College Readiness Regional Forum: Educational Pathways for Student Success, March 2017
  • Annual Spring & Fall General Meeting, 2014 – present
  • Financial Aid Forums for parents and college-bound students (FAQ on Financial Aid), 2008-14
  • Formation of three work groups to define college readiness: qualitative, quantitative and literature & replication conversations, 2014
  • Statement of Goals, 2014
  • Formation of steering committee to include five superintendents with capacity to liaise with affiliated organizations including the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents and the & Suffolk County School Superintendents Associations, 2014
  • Nov. 2013, Forum: The Online Learning Environment: How Do Students Learn?
  • Jan. 2013, Forum featuring New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr.
  • Senior Vice Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier—Early College High School
  • Superintendent Lorna Lewis—APPR and an introduction of anticipated actions
  • Academic Integrity—White Paper written and distributed to colleges and districts. OpEd piece published in Newsday
  • Events for guidance counselors to meet with admissions directors (and on one occasion, athletic directors)
  • Seminar Series: Transitioning Students with Disabilities
  • Expert and author Rick Delano—Millennial’s
  • Commissioner Steiner—Teacher Prep & Career Academies
  • Chancellor Nancy Zimpher—Teaching, a Practice Based Profession
  • Best Practices and Articulation Agreements (Resource Guide)
  • LIA Chief Economist Pearl Kamer
  • Forum: Writing Research Papers: the College/High School Disconnect
  • Programs for HS math and science teachers to connect to HE faculty in same disciplines
  • Dr. Robert Brooks, noted author and speaker—Creating a Positive School Climate: Strategies to foster Motivation and Resilience, 2006
  • Dr. Richard Elmore, Professor of Educational Leadership, Harvard—Effects of Federal, State and Local Education Police, 2005