Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on the Presidential Election

November 9, 2016

"Education – what our students, teachers, schools, and colleges need to be successful – is the same today as it was yesterday. We need a champion at the top who will make innovative policy decisions and implement evidence-based programs for teaching and learning that position every student in America for success.

"That means embracing the collective impact approach to education, where everyone with a stake in student success is working toward a shared vision. It means a commitment to transforming teacher training, so that our students not only learn from, but are inspired to become, excellent teachers. It means incentivizing college completion, which is the most effective way to minimize student loan debt. And it means delivering quality higher education that prepares every graduate for a rewarding career.

"The State University of New York stands ready to work with the next president to share what we have learned about identifying what works and bringing it to scale."

Chancellor Zimpher’s recent SUNYCON 2016 address, in which she describes these recommendations in detail, is available online.

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