ICYMI: SUNY Trustees Publish Op-Ed Calling for Renewal of NYSUNY 2020

March 10, 2016

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today published an op-ed in the Poughkeepsie Journal calling for the renewal of NYSUNY 2020.

“It is imperative to the future of public higher education in our great state that the Legislature join Governor Cuomo and renew NYSUNY 2020,” the trustees say.

“A renewal will protect SUNY students and their families by assuring predictable college costs for five more years; continuing to hold TAP-eligible students harmless from any increases in tuition dating back to 2010; and extending the state’s promise to maintain funding for SUNY.

“State investment in SUNY has a direct effect on our tuition needs. With a renewal of NYSUNY 2020 and the necessary state investment in our university system – including added funds for our community colleges – we are confident that our Board will not have to raise tuition at the maximum level.”

The complete op-ed is available online. Read it 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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