morning, Chairman Johnson, Chairman LaValle, Chairman Farrell and Chairman
Canestrari…members of the Senate and Assembly…and legislative staff. It is a
privilege to come before you today as Chancellor of the State University of New York to comment
on the 2006-2007 Executive Budget recommendations for the State University.
As the past
president of two SUNY campuses, Maritime College and the University at Albany, I can attest to the value of your
investment in direct state support. In my time as Chancellor, I have gained an
appreciation of the impact of that investment, and have seen first-hand the
benefits brought by your much-needed capital support to the University. With
that in mind, before specifically commenting on this year’s Executive Budget, I
want to briefly outline where the University stands today, and where, with your
support, we envision moving in the future.
Facts and Figures about SUNY
The State University currently enrolls 414,171 students. Minority enrollment is
79,810 students, reflecting over 19% of the student population. The quality of
our students continues to improve each year and our market share of college
bound New York State high school graduates also continues to rise. SUNY also
has 1.2 million enrollments in continuing education programs throughout the
state. I know you are all very proud that the State University is providing access to public
higher education to over one million New Yorkers.
made great strides in raising non-state revenues, an absolute necessity.
Sponsored research at the University exceeds $895 million, up 97% since 1995.
In 2005 alone, this led to 245 invention disclosures, 193 patent applications,
34 patents, 78 licenses and over $13.5 million in royalties, supporting some
10,000 research projects and providing over 18,000 additional jobs statewide.
at SUNY campuses has also increased greatly in the past five years, with
campuses raising $1.38 billion since 2000. Our goal remains to raise $3
billion in philanthropy over the next six years.
of the State University is “to provide the people of New York educational services of the highest quality, with the
broadest access… [and] to meet the needs of both traditional and
non-traditional students and to address local, regional and state needs and
back to 1995, with your support and that of the Governor, Rethinking SUNY
served as the blueprint for the University’s successful transformation for
higher academic aspirations and greater operational authority and
accountability for performance devolved to campus leadership.
We must now
look ahead, and with your guidance and support, develop a new ten-year plan
that will continue to move the University forward. The state of the University
is very good, but it can and must be improved. It is time to make it
exceptional. It is time to demonstrate how a strong, responsive, higher
education system, serves the State of New York and its citizens while playing an even stronger role in economic
sustained leadership and financial partnership of the Executive and Legislature,
along with the continued good work of our campus presidents, faculty, staff,
students and alumni, SUNY can and will achieve excellence and attain national
leadership over the next ten years in:
Quality and Performance
and Affordability, and
released the first in a series of reports on performance at the State University. This report, “Achieving Efficiency at the State
University of New York”, spoke to the reality that the SUNY system and our
campuses are accommodating increased demands with existing resources. From
online applications to enrollment planning, energy savings, cost avoidance and
procurement efficiencies, we have developed a series of best practices that are
shared throughout the University. The bottom line is that we are efficient and
continue to examine ways to be even more efficient in the coming years.
reports will address issue areas that will provide further insight into the
University and how it inter-relates with public policy issues and the future of
the economy of New York State. I will transmit the first report to you this week and
look forward to sharing the subsequent reports to continue the dialogue.
you should consider when contemplating the value of providing the University
with additional funds.
number of college bound high school graduates is growing more than SUNY’s
ability to accept them into the system. As community colleges continue to
be the entry point for many seeking higher education, the system needs
capacity to accept the growing number of community college transfer
students, as data shows many are beginning to leave the state to continue
- New York is currently under-producing
by 11,000 the graduates necessary to replace the retiring workers and
those positions demanded by companies in the New Economy. The gap is
acute in the areas of information science, engineering, nursing and allied
health. These are among the highest cost disciplines to teach, so we need
to provide incentives for our colleges and universities to add and expand
student offered a place at a SUNY four-year college will earn nearly $1
million more over his or her lifetime because they hold a baccalaureate
- With more
than 80% of SUNY graduates remaining in New York State, a
substantial amount of this additional income is spent in New York
- The wages
of the 2004 SUNY graduates will be $47 billion greater over their
lifetimes because of their SUNY education
- Every $1
million in grant money brought in by a full-time faculty member creates 29
dollar of direct state support in SUNY generates more than $8 for New York’s economy
campuses and hospitals are often the largest or amongst the largest
employers in their host communities