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SUNY Board of Trustees, Presidents Ask State Legislature to “Invest in SUNY”

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

State-Operated Campus Presidents Request Extension of NYSUNY 2020 in Open Letter

Albany – State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, chair of the Board’s Communications and External Affairs Committee, today led a delegation of SUNY trustees and leaders at an Albany press conference calling for increased state investment in SUNY.

SUNY campus presidents in every region of the state have called on the Legislature to “Invest in SUNY” at press events in recent weeks as the system campaigns for the establishment of a SUNY Investment Fund and extension NYSUNY 2020 legislation in the 2015-16 New York State Budget. The system has also established an Invest in SUNY website, outlining the details of its request and providing a vehicle for New Yorkers to lend their support.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher stands beside Board Chairman H. Carl McCall as he leads the Trustee Delegation at the Albany press conference.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher stands beside Board Chairman H. Carl McCall as he leads the Trustee Delegation at the Albany press conference.

“SUNY has a knowledge and expertise in what works and we know that, given the right amount of state investment, we can lead our students to higher degrees of access, completion, and success,” said Chairman McCall. “Chancellor Zimpher and campus presidents in every region have brought the ‘Invest in SUNY’ campaign to communities across New York State in recent weeks. The Board wholeheartedly agrees with this critical message. It’s time to increase invest in SUNY.”

“I have watched with great enthusiasm and anticipation in recent years as Chancellor Zimpher has united our stakeholders around a common vision and created a significant buzz around what it means to support SUNY,” said Ambassador Spielvogel. “Investing in SUNY will have a significant impact not only for our students, but for New York’s local and state economies. As SUNY works to increase the number of annual graduates from 93,000 to 150,000, state support through a SUNY Investment Fund is essential.”

The key component of SUNY’s budget request is an Investment Fund that will enable SUNY to bring to scale evidence-based programs known to support student success, including Finish in Four completion promises, applied learning, Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), and expanded advisement services. These programs – proven to work at one or more SUNY campuses already – would be expanded system-wide.

SUNY is also asking the Legislature to extend NYSUNY 2020 and continue the legislation’s rational tuition policy, which adds predictability to the cost of a SUNY education through incremental annual tuition increases. Since NYSUNY 2020 was first enacted, SUNY campuses have used additional revenue generated by rational tuition to grow and expand student services, including hiring 520 net new instructional staff, 270 of whom are full-time faculty, and the implementation of 100 new degree programs reflecting high-demand areas in New York’s workforce.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran represented the Technology College sector at the Albany Press Conference.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran represented the Technology College sector at the Albany media event.

The presidents of SUNY’s state-operated campuses presented an open letter to legislative leaders today, supporting the system request and requesting an extension of the legislation through its indicated end – 2020. The presidents’ letter was presented at today’s event by UAlbany President Robert J. Jones and Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz, who both spoke at the event. A copy is available online.

Several student organizations throughout SUNY have already voiced support for its extension as well, including those at Stony Brook University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Maritime College, and SUNY Oneonta.

“We cannot plan the future of our State University on yesterday’s dollars,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature have said they want education to be a priority. By supporting our request in its entirety – establishing a SUNY Investment Fund and extending NYSUNY 2020 – New York can give SUNY the tools it needs to educate more of its residents and prepare them for success in college and career.”

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About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 460,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 college and university campuses, and online through Open SUNY. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

SUNY Campus Presidents Ask State Legislature to Invest in SUNY

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Jefferson Community College (JCC) President Carole A. McCoy and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran today called on local elected officials to continue their leadership in supporting New York’s public higher education sector by creating a new Investment Fund and extending NYSUNY 2020 — including the broadly successful rational tuition policy — in the 2015-16 New York State Budget.

During a press briefing at East Hall on JCC’s campus, the two presidents advocated for all 64 SUNY campuses.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy and David J. Zembiec, deputy CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Agency at a press conference encouraging elected officials to continue investing in SUNY.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy and David J. Zembiec, deputy CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Agency at a press conference encouraging elected officials to continue investing in SUNY.

“Community colleges are integral to Chancellor Zimpher’s goal to increase the number of SUNY graduates from 93,000 to 150,000 annually. Thirty of SUNY’s 64 campuses are community colleges and together we enroll nearly 250,000 students statewide, providing job training and a pathway to baccalaureate degrees,” said Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College. “Our ability to provide access to quality higher education and services to help our students complete their degrees is dependent upon a strong partnership between SUNY and New York State. An investment in SUNY is an investment in Jefferson Community College and every community college within the system and an investment in the vitality of New York State. Support of the rational funding plan, capital funding and SUNY’s investment fund will allow community colleges like Jefferson to invest more resources into programs, facilities and services that help our students be successful.”

SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran (left) talks about the economic impact of the SUNY in Northern New York. Approximately 37 percent of residents are SUNY students, employees or alumni. Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy (right) relays how an investment in SUNY will allow the 64 campuses to increase its graduates to 150,000 by 2020.

SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran (left) talks about the economic impact of SUNY in Northern New York. Approximately 37 percent of residents are SUNY students, employees or alumni. Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy (right) relays how an investment in SUNY will allow the 64 campuses to increase its graduates to 150,000 by 2020.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, “The State University of New York has been creating unparalleled opportunities for personal success and sustained economic growth for generations. With increased investment from the state, we can do even more. SUNY is committed to tripling the number of college graduates by 2020, and at SUNY Canton, more students will graduate from our career-based majors and enter the workforce ready to hit the ground running, adding value to their companies from day one. Our ability to continue to grow and give our students the very best education depends on additional state investment. We will offer new, innovative, hands-on programs that build on the strengths of our region. We will provide students from all backgrounds the tools they need to progress from the first day of class to graduation, careers and beyond.”

Two other SUNY presidents, who were unable to attend the event, also voiced support for SUNY’s endeavors.

“I can’t think of a more critical investment than in the future leaders of New York State. SUNY Potsdam is proud to offer the Potsdam Promise, our guarantee that students can ‘finish in four’ — but we can’t stop there,” said SUNY Potsdam President Kristin G. Esterberg. “We are embarking on a new program that will ensure that every single SUNY Potsdam graduate has the opportunity to complete one or more high-impact learning experiences, like internships, research, service learning or study abroad. We have to make sure that students from all backgrounds can benefit from an affordable SUNY education, through EOP and student support services. An investment in SUNY can ensure that both our programs and our facilities are state-of-the-art, and that our campuses remain economic drivers for the North Country and beyond.”

Said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, “As we’ve found with our well-established Oswego Guarantee — our ‘finish in four’ model — students and their families appreciate having full information to plan out four years of college, including the expense. Renewing NYSUNY 2020 will continue to give them this stability. Students and their families realize the value of a SUNY education, thanks to past investments the state has made. We need to match their commitment by continuing to deliver a high-quality education: by investing in innovative experiential learning opportunities like Oswego’s distinctive Global Laboratory, new degree programs that prepare our next-generation workforce, and new equipment and facilities. SUNY’s proposed Investment Fund will allow more New Yorkers than ever to earn degrees and contribute to our state’s vibrant future.”

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Since NYSUNY 2020 was first enacted, SUNY campuses have used additional revenue generated by rational tuition to grow and expand student services, including the hiring of 520 new instructional staff, 270 of whom are full-time faculty, and the implementation of 100 new degree programs reflecting high-demand areas in New York’s workforce. Additionally, SUNY continues to be a huge economic driver for the state, serving 3 million New Yorkers every year — including students, faculty and staff, and more — and an economic powerhouse that generates $21 billion annually for New York.

The key component of SUNY’s budget request is an Investment Fund that will enable SUNY to graduate 150,000 students annually by 2020 through the system-wide scale up of evidence-based programs known to support student success, including Finish in Four completion promises, applied learning, Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), and expanded advisement services. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher outlined this objective in her recent State of the University Address.

David J. Zembiec, deputy CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Agency, also attended the news conference to speak in support of SUNY.

“Workforce development is one of our greatest challenges in economic development, and JCC and SUNY Canton — because of their flexibility and responsiveness — are key partners in addressing workforce needs,” Zembiec said. “We can also utilize college programs to create the workforce pipeline necessary to attract new business or grow our existing businesses through Start-Up NY.”

 

About Jefferson Community College

One of 30 community colleges supervised by the State University of New York, Jefferson was chartered in 1961 and is accredited by the Middle States Association. Jefferson is the community’s leading resource for leading better lives, offering Associate degrees for career preparation or for transfer to a 4-year college, certificate programs; online learning; lifelong learning through personal enrichment workshops; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region. It currently serves approximately 4,000 full- and part-time students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their families from nearby Fort Drum.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton President Says SUNY is Great Investment

Friday, February 27th, 2015

A letter to the Editor that appeared in the Watertown Daily Times and North Country This Week.

To the Editor,

Invest in SUNYThe State University of New York has been investing in students for generations, creating unparalleled opportunities for personal success and sustained economic growth. With increased investment from the State, SUNY can do even more.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, college graduates make more money, are more likely to be employed and are less likely to live in poverty than high school graduates who didn’t attend college. On average, people 25-32 years old with a bachelor’s degree or more have a median income of $45,500, compared to only $28,000 for high school graduates. The unemployment rate is 3.8 percent for those with a bachelor’s degree, compared to 12.2 percent for high school graduates.

These numbers show that going to college is more important than ever. SUNY Canton and SUNY’s 63 other campuses make it affordable, too. SUNY has among the lowest tuitions anywhere in the country – just over $6,000 per year. SUNY ensures that each and every New Yorker has access to a high-quality, low-cost education. This is summed up in the “SUNY equation”: Access + Completion = Success.

SUNY has consistently done more for its students and has done so in a cost-effective manner. With increased investment, SUNY is committed to tripling the number of college graduates by 2020. At SUNY Canton, more students will graduate from our career-based majors and enter the workforce ready to hit the ground running, adding value to their companies from day one. Over 37 percent of people in the North Country are SUNY students, employees, or alumni, contributing $600 million to our communities and sustaining our economy. Our alumni, many of whom have risen to very high positions, all tell me that their success started at SUNY Canton. By coming here, they learned that they were capable of achieving more than they ever thought possible.

Our commitment to access, completion, and success will never change. Our ability to continue to grow and give our students the very best education depends on increased State investment. We will offer new, innovative, hands-on programs that build on the strengths of our region. We will provide students from all backgrounds the tools they need to progress from the first day of class to graduation, careers, and beyond. We are committed to doing more and doing it better than ever before. Let the members of the State Assembly and Senate know that you support increased State investment in SUNY for the sake of New York’s most valuable assets: our students and our future.

Dr. Zvi Szafran

SUNY Canton President

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.