"Become addicted to learning," 78-year-old Vestal resident, Kishen Kapur, said. "Learning is what makes the difference in life." Kapur is following his own advice. On May 16, 2009, more than a half-century after earning his master's degrees, he received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Binghamton University.
Binghamton University currently faces the most serious budget reductions that have been proposed in decades. Although higher education must do its share to help address the state’s fiscal crisis, cuts to SUNY have been proportionately greater than other state agencies. Further budget reductions will significantly affect the University's ability to deliver the courses and services that our students need.
The proposed reductions come at a time when we not only face current economic challenges, but also look to the future and the need to educate and retain young people with the skills needed for the growth and development of the state's workforce. Binghamton University is an integral part of the Southern Tier economy and these reductions will have a significant impact throughout the area.
The SUNY Trustees have recently authorized a $620 annual increase in tuition that we implemented for the spring semester. This increase will help protect Binghamton University's educational, research, and service objectives, but only if we are allowed to retain all of these additional funds. Unfortunately, as President Lois B. DeFleur noted in a recent interview with Binghamton’s News10Now, Gov. David Paterson’s proposed budget applies 90 percent of this year's tuition increase to the state's general fund. We believe this constitutes an unfair burden on students and families.
While attending Binghamton University may still cost less than most public colleges in the east, President DeFleur says the tuition increase means fewer people will be afforded the opportunity.
“We're going to keep our enrollment absolutely level, because we're worried we're not able to give them the courses that they need," DeFleur stated.
During the 2009-10 budget process, there will be great pressure on legislators to pass the budget on time and to not increase costs on school districts and local communities.
As the budget negotiations progress, President DeFleur urges alumni to write to New York legislators and the governor at http://think.binghamton.edu to request that no additional cuts are made to the SUNY system and that the tuition increase is returned to campuses.
Last Updated: 5/5/09