Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Budget

January 17, 2012

“Governor Cuomo has once again proven to be SUNY's champion. He has clearly made the improvement of our state’s education system a top priority for 2012-13, and I applaud him for doing so in what continues to be a difficult economic climate.

“By presenting an executive budget that, for the first time in recent memory, holds the line on state funding for SUNY, Governor Cuomo has kept his promise to position the state university as a world-class leader in higher education that will help to create jobs and move the dial on our state's economic revitalization.

“This preservation of the state’s financial commitment to SUNY will allow us to better serve our students as we directly reinvest their tuition dollars in student support services and hire more full-time faculty. It also enables us to better serve New York, as curricula and initiatives on our campuses target workforce needs in every region, and the extended NY SUNY 2020 challenge grant program incentivizes our campuses to boost economic development.

“In a show of the governor’s commitment to education across the board, he maintains base operating aid not just at our four-year campuses, but also at our 30 community colleges – a recognition of the great capacity these campuses have to meet New York’s enrollment and workforce needs.

“At SUNY, we share the governor’s focus on driving efficiency and accountability. As we work to achieve these goals within our system, I look forward to working in partnership with Governor Cuomo, and with the members of the State Legislature, as they carry out this vision across the state.”

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