Think Binghamton Advocacy Update
On Feb. 1, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo shared his proposed 2011-2012 Executive Budget. The proposal eliminates the state's estimated $10 billion state deficit by making large reductions in state spending, including reductions in state support for higher education.
We fully understand the seriousness of the unprecedented fiscal challenges New York faces, and give full credit to Gov. Cuomo for the ambitious budget proposal he has laid out to address these challenges.
Currently, the governor's proposal calls for a 10 percent reduction in SUNY operating aid. But it also includes legislation that would make SUNY more efficient by streamlining its procurement processes and providing greater flexibility to engage in public-private partnerships.
However, we remain concerned about the proposed reduction to SUNY's operating aid. Coming on the heels of three consecutive years of cuts, further reduction in operating aid represents a challenge to our ability to provide a world-class education that is accessible to all qualified students at a reasonable price.
We need resources to continue delivering an excellent education and part of the solution is to implement a tuition policy. We believe a fair, equitable and responsible five-year tuition policy will allow students and families to plan ahead. We already have student support. In fact, the SUNY Student Assembly has for the past three years, voted in favor of a rational tuition policy -- one that includes annual, predictable tuition increases.
We will keep you informed as we learn more about the impact that Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget could have on Binghamton University. These next few months leading up to the Apr. 1 budget deadline will be critical in determining our immediate future and we will continue to emphasize the importance of Binghamton University and SUNY to the vitality of the state and the region.
Look for upcoming messages asking for your help in sending e-mail messages to legislators in support of Binghamton University and SUNY. For more information on advocacy issues, visit the Think Binghamton website.
The Think Binghamton Advocacy Team
Binghamton University Day in Albany -- March 1
On March 1, Binghamton University students, alumni, faculty and staff will go to Albany for our 10th annual Advocacy Day and will remind legislators to "Think Binghamton." We will highlight our growing national reputation for academic excellence and educational value as measured by independent sources such as U.S. News & World Report, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review. These publications and organizations place us among the elite schools in the country. We will also emphasize Binghamton University's commitment to global education, sustainability and the environment, and highlight the positive contributions made by our students, alumni, faculty and staff to the region and state.
Magrath stresses tuition flexibility
SUNY tuition policy is the "key issue" facing Binghamton University in 2011, Interim President C. Peter Magrath and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean-Pierre (Peter) Mileur told faculty and staff members at the University Forum on Jan. 18. Read more at http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/inside/story/magrath-stresses-tuition-flexibility.
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's State of the University Address
Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher promised to lead the State University of New York's 64-campus system into a new era of transparency and accountability while outlining policies that will help create and retain approximately 40,000 jobs in New York. Chancellor Zimpher also unveiled plans to implement performance-based resource allocations at 29 state-operated campuses and to streamline backroom operations through shared services for a more cost-effective and efficient system.
Additional reforms will be implemented through the chancellor's office, in conjunction with the SUNY Board of Trustees and campus presidents, to help make a more competitive SUNY.
"There is a clear connection between a competitive SUNY and a competitive New York," said Chancellor Zimpher. "This is the essence of The Power of SUNY, our strategic roadmap for the decade ahead. The power of education is to transform our society, our economy and our future. Our fates are truly interconnected and reciprocal. It could be said, as SUNY goes, so goes New York; as New York goes, so goes SUNY." Read more at http://www.suny.edu/sunynews/News.cfm?filname=2011-01-19SOURelease.htm.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address
In his Jan. 5 State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo laid out his agenda to put New York on a path to recovery, and gave a nod to SUNY : "Higher education will be the key economic driver. We look to partner with our great SUNY system, especially across upstate New York, in making this a reality."
Gov. Cuomo included specific steps to transform the state's economy. Among those steps is the creation of regional Economic Development Councils with SUNY as a critical component. Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will lead these councils, which will be drawn from the private sector, local governments, state agencies and academic institutions. Read more at http://www.governor.ny.gov/sl2/stateofthestate2011transcript.
University News and Accomplishments
University places emphasis on global relationships
Binghamton University's international relationships are robust and building these partnerships is by no means a new objective, said Krishnaswami (Hari) Srihari, dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. It is a continuing effort that is essential to offering faculty and students the global exposure that is crucial in our ever-shrinking world.
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The Kiplinger 100: Best Values in Public Colleges: Binghamton University ranked in top 10
Binghamton University is once again ranked among the nation's top 10, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's new list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. For the third year in a row, Binghamton is ranked No. 1 for out-of-state students, making it the most affordable university in the nation for non-New York students. Binghamton is also ranked sixth for in-state students making it the top buy for New Yorkers. The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger's February 2011 issue, online at www.kiplinger.com/tools/colleges.
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Schumer touts college tuition tax credit
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer came to Binghamton University with advice for families asking themselves "How are we going to pay for tuition?" The senator's answer: A $2,500 college tuition tax credit. "This is a huge boost to middle-class families who are trying to stretch their budgets," said Schumer, who spoke Jan. 20, at the University's Undergraduate Admissions Office, with Interim President C. Peter Magrath.
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Research could lead to light-weight aircraft
A Binghamton University faculty member with an interest in nanoscience is among just 43 researchers nationwide chosen for the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program this year.
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The Face of the Future
Binghamton computer scientist Lijun Yin constantly finds new applications for what he knows. His ideas may one day advance fields as diverse as education, health care, entertainment and homeland security. Watch the video at http://discovere.binghamton.edu/video/the-face-of-the-future-3512.html.
Diane H. Greiwe
Advocacy Communications Specialist
University Communications and Marketing
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
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