Dear Think Tank member,
Tuesday, March 1, is Binghamton University's annual advocacy day in Albany. Teams of students, alumni, faculty and staff are scheduled to meet with New York state leaders.
Our objective is to remind policymakers that Binghamton University:
-- provides an affordable, world-class education accessible to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background;
-- has an internationally renowned faculty who bring their spirit of inquiry and discovery into the classroom; and
-- conducts cutting-edge research that leads to new insights, new technologies and new jobs.
Investments in Binghamton University deliver powerful and productive returns to the community and the state.
This year we will also be asking legislators to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget request, which includes the reform of procurement legislation for SUNY campuses. In addition, we are asking for a five-year tuition plan that is fair, predictable and responsible. Our students and their families need to be able to plan for the cost of their college education without worrying about the "tuition roulette" they have come to fear each time the state deals with budget deficits.
We will also share our concerns about the proposed reduction to SUNY's operating aid. Coming on the heels of three consecutive years of cuts, further reductions in operating aid represent a challenge to our ability to provide a world-class education that is accessible to all qualified students at a reasonable price.
Please remind your senator and assemblymember about our meeting with him or her next week and stress the importance of our message. Urge your senator and assemblymember to "Think Binghamton" by clicking on this link:
Thank you for your help.
The Think Binghamton Advocacy Team