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."


About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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