Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on the 2015-16 New York State Budget

April 1, 2015

“In January, I set a goal to increase college completion among our students and raise the number of SUNY graduates each year from 93,000 to 150,000 by 2020. I asked the State to partner with SUNY; to increase its investment and enable us to achieve this goal by bringing evidence-based programs to scale across our campuses. The 2015-16 New York State Budget is a very good start. 

“New money for SUNY in the Investment Fund, Educational Opportunity Programs, and New York State Achievement and Investment In Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS) is in alignment with SUNY’s access, completion, and success agenda to educate more students, educate them better, and prepare them for successful careers here in New York State and around the world.

“We also greatly appreciate the State's continued support of SUNY’s community colleges, hospitals, and capital program - all of which are critical components in our capacity to drive economic development and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. 

“Thank you to the governor and the legislature, led by Speaker Heastie and Majority Leader Skelos, for delivering this critical investment in SUNY, and to our higher education chairs, Senator LaValle and Assemblymember Glick, for their continued advocacy and support."


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