Over the last five years, SUNY and CUNY have suffered nearly $2 billion in cuts - driving up tuition and endangering quality affordable higher education for all New Yorkers.
Keep New York a State of Mind is a sustained campaign launched by NYSUT on behalf of public higher education that demands an end to chronic underfunding of SUNY and CUNY and a proactive plan for reinvigorating the state's public colleges and universities.
The campaign calls for creation of an endowment to rebuild CUNY and SUNY's academic programs through the addition of full-time faculty and professional staff, along with additional state investment to strengthen and expand student financial aid and opportunity programs.
NYSUT's campaign asks legislators to significantly invest in SUNY and CUNY, and reverse the debilitating cuts that limit opportunities for students and erode public higher education's essential role as an engine of equality in New York state.
The union is calling upon the state to support a Public Higher Education Quality Initiative, developed in concert with its higher education affiliates that would:
- create an endowment to restore and build SUNY/CUNY academic departments through the addition of full-time faculty and professional staff, ensuring the quality programs, courses and mentoring students deserve;
- increase operating aid to CUNY and SUNY four-year campuses and raise community college base aid;
- invest strongly in student financial aid and opportunity programs; and
- update and reform the state's Tuition Assistance Program.
You can keep up to date with the campaign online at www.nysut.org/qualityhighered.