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.”

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The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 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 opportunity, visit

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