"To Stand With SUNY means telling our State partners that we need to extend NYSUNY 2020 and rational tuition—including the State’s maintenance of effort; that we must strengthen base support for all of our campuses; that SUNY is more organized, and better focused than ever. We’ve worked together to figure out what works, and we know how to grow the best ideas so they reach every single student."
- Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York
Currently, only 46 percent of working age New Yorkers have a college degree, while estimates indicate that 69 percent of jobs will require a career certificate or college degree by 2020.
SUNY has begun to create a system of education where all New Yorkers have an opportunity to come to college ready and to complete a degree that positions them for success in high-demand jobs throughout the state. With rational tuition, we’ve been able to ensure they can do this affordably.
We’ve launched programs with a proven track record of increasing access, improving retention and completion, and fostering student success. The challenge is in ensuring that these highly successful programs can be brought to scale, available to every one of the 460,000 students in the SUNY system.
With increased state support and predictable tuition policies, SUNY can educate more people and educate them better. It is imperative to the future of public higher education in our great state that the Legislature join Governor Cuomo and renew NYSUNY 2020.