“Governor Cuomo has once
again proven to be SUNY's champion. He has clearly made the improvement of our
state’s education system a top priority for 2012-13, and I applaud him for
doing so in what continues to be a difficult economic climate.
“By presenting an executive
budget that, for the first time in recent memory, holds the line on state
funding for SUNY, Governor Cuomo has kept his promise to position the state university
as a world-class leader in higher education that will help to create jobs and
move the dial on our state's economic revitalization.
“This preservation of the
state’s financial commitment to SUNY will allow us to better serve our students
as we directly reinvest their tuition dollars in student support services and
hire more full-time faculty. It also enables us to better serve New York, as
curricula and initiatives on our campuses target workforce needs in every
region, and the extended NY SUNY 2020 challenge grant program incentivizes our
campuses to boost economic development.
“In a show of the governor’s
commitment to education across the board, he maintains base operating aid not
just at our four-year campuses, but also at our 30 community colleges – a
recognition of the great capacity these campuses have to meet New York’s
enrollment and workforce needs.
“At SUNY, we share the
governor’s focus on driving efficiency and accountability. As we work to
achieve these goals within our system, I look forward to working in partnership
with Governor Cuomo, and with the members of the State Legislature, as they
carry out this vision across the state.”
About the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses with more than 3 million alumni around the
globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu