ICYMI: Newsday & Times Union Endorse Extension of NYSUNY 2020, More State Aid for SUNY

March 14, 2016

Albany – Long Island’s Newsday and the Capital Region’s Times Union this weekend published editorials supporting the renewal of NYSUNY 2020 and increased state aid for The State University of New York.

In an editorial Saturday titled "Our wish list for Albany, Andrew Cuomo," Newsday writes:

"SUNY 2020, which lets SUNY campuses raise tuition up to $300 a year, expires this year. Renew it. Predictable tuition increases are better than unexpected spikes.But state aid for SUNY has been flat. Tuition funds 70 percent of operations; it was 50-50 nine years ago. The state needs to up its ante."

Read the Newsday editorial here.

In an editorial Sunday titled "Stop the SUNY bleeding," the Times Union writes:

"New York can't return to the bad old days of holding tuition flat and then socking students with a big hike to make up for lost time. But before renewing the rational tuition plan, it's New York that has some making up to do — to commit, this year, to a substantial increase in higher education aid, and to better balancing SUNY's tuition with public support. A balance, that is, that looks more like a public education."

Read the Times Union editorial here.

Editorial support for SUNY comes just days after the university system’s Board of Trustees urged the Legislature to joinGovernor Cuomo and renew NYSUNY 2020 in an op-ed first published by the Poughkeepsie Journal. Read the Trustees’ op-ed here.

Governor Cuomo included a renewal of NYSUNY 2020 in his executive budget. It also has the support of shared governance leaders throughout SUNY, elected student and faculty leaders in the Student Assembly, University Faculty Senate, and Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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