Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on President Obama's College Access Summit

January 16, 2014

“Today, I had the opportunity to highlight SUNY's first-class access, completion, and success agenda for President Obama and the First Lady, as well as members of the Obama administration and higher education colleagues nationally.

“SUNY's comprehensive set of innovative policies and initiatives – Open SUNY, seamless transfer, co-operative education, cradle-to-career partnerships, and others – continue to attract national attention, and with good reason.

“SUNY's standing as one of the most affordable and accessible systems of public higher education in the world – together with our commitment to building strong partnerships with everyone who has a stake in education, including government, business, education, and community leaders – has positioned us to shape the future of our sector, and we are proud to fill this critical role.

“We look forward to building upon SUNY's successful access, completion, and success initiatives and continuing to model them for the nation.”

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

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