Ensuring Revitalization and Quality of Life for NYS
SUNY's overarching challenge in the next decade will be answering this question: How can SUNY promote meaningful and lasting economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves, throughout New York and beyond? Our first Conversation will be dedicated to addressing this critical set of issues, which is at the heart of the seven Conversation themes to follow.
With an enrollment that's approaching half a million students and a truly staggering range of educational programs - everything from nursing to nanoscale engineering, and marine biology to midwifery - we know SUNY is far more than an innovative educational system. We're an economic powerhouse.
We don't just educate minds and prepare active citizens. We train workers, we create jobs, we supply a knowledgeable talent pool for the workplace. We promote public-private partnerships to develop new technologies and resources. At our state-of-the-art research institutions, we invent entirely new industries that will change the way we live and fuel our economy for decades to come.
We are creative thinkers, researchers, and practitioners who put our best ideas and skills into our communities. SUNY campuses add tremendously to the quality of life in our communities - with educational, cultural and employment opportunities that generate regional vitality and economic resilience.
The bottom line is that we are a major - if not the major - catalyst for New York's economic recovery. We are New York's economic lifeblood. And what we're doing is being noticed. We are recognized around the world for our accomplishments. We've become a national model for change.
This Conversation looks at SUNY's overall role as an economic catalyst in the local and global economy and explores opportunities for us to have an even greater impact. We'll be turning to you for help in setting our goals and priorities. Which programs and policies will speed up the process? What heights should we be scaling? Bring us your best ideas on how to translate our aspirations into concrete strategies for the future.