Albany – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today delivered testimony on the
Governor’s 2012-13 Executive Budget proposal at a joint meeting of the fiscal and
higher education committees of the State Legislature.
In her remarks, Chancellor Zimpher expressed the gratitude of the entire SUNY
community to members of the Legislature for their passage of the historic NY
SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Act as a part of last year’s on-time budget, and
praised their accomplishments in support of public higher education.
Chancellor Zimpher also commended Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for an Executive
Budget proposal that honors the maintenance of effort commitment on the part of
the State, the expansion of the Challenge Grant program to all SUNY campuses,
and the implementation of the second year of a rational tuition plan that has
the support of SUNY students.
“Governor Cuomo’s Executive
Budget supports our shared vision to make SUNY a world-class leader in higher
education by marrying the system’s academic excellence with its capacity to
create jobs and develop a stronger workforce for New York State,” said
Chancellor Zimpher. “Expansion of NYSUNY 2020 gives all SUNY campuses greater
opportunity to drive economic development in their regions. Additionally, we
appreciate that the governor has held the line on SUNY’s budget across the
board, reversing the trend of deep funding cuts we had seen in recent years.”
The Chancellor also indicated, however, that because of the $1.4 billion in
cuts SUNY absorbed over the last four years, additional support is still needed
to help the system achieve its goals and deliver on its promises to New
Yorkers. The SUNY budget request includes:
Hospitals: A $115 million request for hospital support, based on the
difference between the cost of fringe benefits at our hospitals and the cost at
their non-public competitors, reflects a $55 million increase over the current
$60 million and excludes any costs associated with the acquisitions of Long
Island Community Hospital and Community General Hospital.
Community Colleges: The SUNY community colleges were created on a model
of one-third funding each from the State, local sponsors, and students. However,
the budgeted average state share for community colleges today is 24.8 percent.
SUNY proposes a five-year Rational Base Aid Plan, which would raise funding per
full-time-equivalent student by $205 annually.
State-Operated Campuses: SUNY requests the next installment of the
partial return to the University of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 tuition revenues
that SUNY was not allowed to spend, more commonly known as “the tuition sweep.”
This next 10 percent, worth $16.5 million, would bring SUNY to a 50 percent
share of that tuition, as was promised when the law was enacted.
Capital: SUNY requests $600 million in capital funding for its three
hospitals and $355 million for its residential facilities at state-operated
campuses, in order to optimize programmatic and revenue enhancing opportunities
and address critical maintenance needs. These capital programs are self
supporting, meaning they absorb their own costs and have no long term impact on
the State treasury.
Zimpher’s testimony are available online.
About the State University of New York
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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