ICYMI: Newsday & Times Union Endorse Extension of NYSUNY 2020, More State Aid for SUNY

March 14, 2016

Albany – Long Island’s Newsday and the Capital Region’s Times Union this weekend published editorials supporting the renewal of NYSUNY 2020 and increased state aid for The State University of New York.

In an editorial Saturday titled "Our wish list for Albany, Andrew Cuomo," Newsday writes:

"SUNY 2020, which lets SUNY campuses raise tuition up to $300 a year, expires this year. Renew it. Predictable tuition increases are better than unexpected spikes.But state aid for SUNY has been flat. Tuition funds 70 percent of operations; it was 50-50 nine years ago. The state needs to up its ante."

Read the Newsday editorial here.

In an editorial Sunday titled "Stop the SUNY bleeding," the Times Union writes:

"New York can't return to the bad old days of holding tuition flat and then socking students with a big hike to make up for lost time. But before renewing the rational tuition plan, it's New York that has some making up to do — to commit, this year, to a substantial increase in higher education aid, and to better balancing SUNY's tuition with public support. A balance, that is, that looks more like a public education."

Read the Times Union editorial here.

Editorial support for SUNY comes just days after the university system’s Board of Trustees urged the Legislature to joinGovernor Cuomo and renew NYSUNY 2020 in an op-ed first published by the Poughkeepsie Journal. Read the Trustees’ op-ed 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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