The leadership from SUNY campuses in Western New York gathered on the Buffalo State campus Thursday, March 19, to call on state legislators to continue their bold leadership in supporting New York's public higher education sector by creating a new Investment Fund and extending NYSUNY 2020 – including the broadly successful predictable tuition policy – in the 2015-16 New York State Budget.
“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, extending NYSUNY 2020, and supporting our community colleges – New York can give SUNY the tools it needs to educate more of its residents and prepare them for success in college and career.”
Presidents and representatives from seven SUNY campuses met on Thursday starting at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Buffalo State’s new Technology Building—an investment by the state that has enabled enrollment to grow in high-demand programs such as electrical and mechanical engineering technology by 137 and 55 percent, respectively, since 2010.
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