Albany - The
State University of New York Board of Trustees approved the SUNY 2009-10 State
Budget Request at its Nov. 18 meeting.
request is based on four “pillars”:
state support for SUNY;
- rational tuition
entrepreneurial activity and public-private partnerships (including land use
and operational reforms and efficiencies (MORE).
university’s budget request reflects the current fiscal crisis, ensures access
for current and future students, maintains academic quality, and supports
research and economic development,” said Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “SUNY’s
rational tuition plan will help students and their families better plan for
future college costs, and provide them and the campuses the ability to invest
in academic quality initiatives, such as attracting more full-time faculty. All
of this assumes, of course, that there are no additional reductions to SUNY
management and operational flexibility combined with the ability to form
public-private partnerships would provide campuses with much-needed additional
revenues and would not cost the state a dime.”
Support for SUNY
state-operated universities and colleges, the request called for an
investment by the state to meet base-level needs, including negotiated
collective bargaining agreements, enrollment growth and energy costs.
community colleges, the request called for an investment in full funding of
enrollment as well as a $100 investment per full-time equivalent student.
hospitals, the request called for an increase in the state subsidy to fund
collectively bargained salaries and employee benefits.
support to attract world-class research faculty, to help drive discovery,
innovation and economic development.
addition, the university’s budget request includes resources to expand
high-need programs, such as nursing.
adopted a rational tuition policy that would implement modest, annual and
predictable increases based on the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI).
also amended the current tuition policy and adopted a tuition increase for
in-state undergraduate students at two ‘units’ of HEPI, which totals $310, effective
in the spring 2009 semester, and with that rate annualized to $620 for the fall
annual tuition rate as of fall 2009 will be $4,970. The years
following would be based on HEPI.
tuition will increase $1,130 for the spring 2009, annualized to $2,260 in
the fall 2009, with the effective rate as of fall 2009 of
In order to
generate additional revenue to meet the university’s research, public service
and educational missions during the current fiscal crisis, SUNY request the
authority to expand entrepreneurial activity and public-private partnerships.
approved a new policy to maximize the use of capital assets, and attendant
rights and interests, including air, water and mineral rights, under its
jurisdiction to support the SUNY mission, as well as proposed flexibility
legislation to enact such authority within the Board of Trustees.
the Board supports the development and use of such assets by public,
not-for-profit and for-profit entities and the financing thereof by public and
private means. In order to help manage asset development and use in the
spirit of past legislative land lease bills, this policy sets forth a model
lease or agreement under the auspices of the Board of Trustees.
and Operational Reforms and Efficiencies (MORE)
result in fewer state regulations and administrative burdens placed upon SUNY. The
Board approved an omnibus legislative proposal to implement administrative and
procurement flexibility for the University areas as follows:
- allow SUNY
to control accounts with revenue from tuition, fees, and other university
post-audit accounting practices instead of pre- and post-audit procedures,
- ease the
bureaucratic red tape in procurements and contracts,
- allow SUNY
to make decisions on the creation and categorization of personnel
- provide for
current delivery methods in capital construction projects.
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