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, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three 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 opportunities, visit suny.edu.

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