Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved a
2008-09 Budget Request that for the first time is driven by
a new funding proposal: the SUNY Compact, which seeks to fund academic
excellence across the system by adding an additional 1,000 full-time faculty
over a three-year period.
The SUNY Compact is a partnership between SUNY, the state,
students and major stakeholders that will provide comprehensive and consistent
financial support for SUNY.
“SUNY must aspire to be the very best system of public
higher education in the nation, if not the world,” said SUNY Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “Sustained investment in the SUNY
system will dramatically strengthen the state economy, and greatly enrich the
cultural and social fabric of our state. I support the SUNY Compact as a way
for us to achieve our goals.”
“Support to fund 1,000 more full-time faculty members on
SUNY campuses is an important focus of the Compact. The SUNY Compact will put
more full-time faculty in our classrooms and labs, which will prepare our
students to be the best educated work force in the nation and our research
enterprise to spark economic development,” said SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr.
John B. Clark.
Under the Compact, SUNY would provide support through a
variety of endeavors. “SUNY is committed to achieving efficiencies, generating
innovation, increasing philanthropy and directing those resources to the
benefit of the students and faculty on our campuses,” said Clark.
here to view the Board of Trustees presentation, given by Vice Chancellor
and Chief Financial Officer Kimberly R. Cline.
Operating Budget Highlights
The SUNY Compact and the State-Operated Campuses
Under the proposed Compact, tuition at the state-operated
campuses would be the same for all in-state undergraduates. This year, for the
first time in five years, tuition would increase five percent. That increase
represents $110 per student, per semester. In-state undergraduate tuition is
proposed at $4,570 per year and out-of-state undergraduate tuition is proposed
State support for the state-operated campuses would increase
8.5 percent; and SUNY would provide $27 million of support through innovation,
efficiency and philanthropy to support its budget request.
For students eligible for New York’s Tuition Assistance program, TAP would cover 100 percent
of the tuition increase.
SUNY asks the state to provide full support for the
University’s mandatory costs. SUNY, in turn, would finance its educational
initiatives from savings drawn from more efficient operations, small and
predictable tuition increases, and increases in campus supported programs and
SUNY is already fulfilling much of its responsibilities
under the Compact by increasing its share of non-state support. State funding
per student at the state-operated campuses declined over the last decade when
adjusted for inflation, while over the same period SUNY enrolled an additional
20,000 students at its state-operated campuses.
SUNY trails the national averages in full-time to part-time
faculty ratios and in student-to-faculty ratios. For example, the national
average for full-time faculty at doctoral degree-granting institutions is 78.4
percent, at SUNY it is 67.9 percent. The average student-to-faculty ratio for
doctoral degree-granting institutions is approximately 13:1 and at SUNY it is approximately
Once the state commits to fully funding SUNY’s base costs,
SUNY can devote additional revenues to improving the quality of a SUNY
education by increasing full-time faculty and decreasing class sizes.
With the SUNY Compact, students may experience modest
tuition increases in exchange for greater access, smaller classes, better
services, and enhanced research facilities. Most importantly, students and
their parents will avoid large and unexpected tuition increases, which never
completely offset reductions in state support for the University.
SUNY requests an additional $64.8 million from the state to
support mandatory costs, such as collective bargaining agreements, and $35
million as the state’s portion for academic quality initiatives.
Funding from the Compact would enable SUNY to undertake
important initiatives that would foster and expand the cultural, economic, and
educational environment required for an innovation-driven future. In addition, SUNY
would invest in access, research, scholarly diversity and infrastructure.
Together the academic quality initiatives would provide the citizens of New York access to the highest quality SUNY
SUNY requests support for:
- Enhanced educational excellence – additional full-time
- Increased access while ensuring diversity
- Expanded leading-edge research to drive economic
- Campus safety and security
- Greening SUNY
- Improving System efficiency
For 2008-09, the SUNY Community Colleges request increases to operating aid
to allow the hiring of more full-time faculty and to better support high-needs
programs and remedial education. These resources will provide students with
smaller classes, better advisement and more intensive teaching techniques in
remediation programs – all essential steps for them to achieve success in the
Full funding of this request would allow the shares for the
community college funding partners – students, sponsors and the state – to be
realigned with the shares as they are statutorily defined.
The Community Colleges are also supported by local sponsors and student tuition. For their
share of the Compact, the Community Colleges will generate $3 million in philanthropy and $1 million in efficiency
and innovation savings. SUNY requests an additional $93 million from the state
to support the 30 community colleges.
SUNY requests a $39.9 million increase to the state support
for the three SUNY teaching hospitals--SUNY
Downstate Medical Center, Stony Brook University Hospital and Upstate Medical University hospitals--so they can continue to provide these services
to the people of New
York. The three
teaching hospitals, along with the medical school at the University at Buffalo, comprise the four SUNY academic
medical centers, which provide essential medical care and cutting edge health
care research to their respective communities.
The requested support would recognize the additional costs
salaries and benefits that are a result of state collective bargaining
agreements. In addition, the state subsidy supports the costs of maintaining
unique programs such as burn unit, neonatal units, and level I trauma centers.
Although these units are very expensive to operate, they serve New York’s most vulnerable citizens and
support the academic mission of SUNY and the state.
Capital Budget Highlights
2008-13 Five-Year Financing Plans
2007-08 Executive Budget process, the governor called upon SUNY to develop new
five-year plans for each of its 4 capital programs and include State-operated
campus Educational Facilities and Residence Halls, the University’s Hospitals
and Community Colleges.
there are 2,765 buildings, comprising 95.5 million square feet, with an average
age of 41.1 years. The capital budget request is reflective of the sheer size,
age, and condition of SUNY’s facilities and reflects the fact that historical
capital funding levels did not keep pace with the aging of a majority of the
University is requesting some $7.25 billion in new State-supported funding for
its educational facilities. Of this amount, $3.75 billion is exclusively for
capital critical maintenance. An additional State-supported amount of $2.5
billion is requested to support the highest priority strategic capital
initiatives along with an additional $1 billion for evolving initiatives over
the five year plan. These include both new construction and major renovations
in support of various mission goals.
proposed is $541.9 million for the “Greening of SUNY” to promote energy
conservation, renewable energy, and sustainability on SUNY’s State-operated
SUNY Hospitals and Residence Halls
requesting $776 million in capital projects for its three teaching hospitals
and $818 million for residence halls. Capital for both is self-funded through
requests $1.3 billon for capital construction at its Community Colleges. This
represents the State’s 50% share. Local sponsors must provide at least 50
percent of the capital funding for a Community College project.
About the State University of New
The State University of New York is the largest
comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates
opportunity, visit www.suny.edu