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Fred Kowal: Starting The Conversation

Jul 6, 2017

You can sometimes tell a lot about a person just by talking to them on the phone. 

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On Monday, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Kristina Johnson's appointment as the new SUNY chancellor.

A New York state assemblyman from Orange County in the Hudson Valley is drafting legislation to repeal a clause in the new tuition-free pubic college program for middle-class students. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday enacting the program. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

A few months ago, Governor Cuomo held a news conference with the U.S. Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, to announce a new initiative: to make public college tuition free for families whose incomes were no more than $125,000.

It’s budget season in Albany and higher education issues are getting lots of attention.  It’s about time. 

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The State University of New York is advising students and faculty to put off making trips to any of the seven Muslim-majority nations included in President Donald Trump's travel ban for immigrants from those countries.

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The State University of New York is advising students and faculty to put off making trips to any of the seven Muslim-majority nations included in President Trump's travel ban for immigrants from those countries.

Chancellor Zimpher Highlights Nearly a Decade of SUNY Progress in Final State of the University Address
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Delivering her eighth and final State of the University Address at the Egg in Albany today, outgoing SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher highlighted what she sees as progress made by SUNY in the last decade. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports she also announced the system will begin seeking private donations to expand programs proven to help keep students enrolled.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered state police, SUNY police, and the State Division of Human Rights to investigate an alleged hate crime that took place on the SUNY Geneseo campus Friday.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia (left) with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia were at SUNY Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to wrap up their statewide TeachNY listening tour.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo
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Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects, and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration. 

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New York students won't see a tuition hike at state colleges next year, but it's still possible for out-of-state students.

Fred Kowal: Funding SUNY Hospitals

Apr 19, 2016

The three teaching hospitals operated by the State University of New York provide vital health care to more than a million New Yorkers each year. Our medical schools graduate more doctors than over 40 states. Every year.

The State University Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher say they would freeze tuition if the system receives more state money in the budget.

SUNY Tuition Freeze press conference
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Top State University of New York officials say they want a tuition freeze at the state’s colleges and universities, and are asking Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to adequately fund SUNY in the budget  so that they don’t have to raise rates for students . The request comes as lawmakers are scrambling to meet a March 31 budget deadline.

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Every state budget season in New York, when higher education is mentioned, the debate usually turns to how much tuition students at the state university should pay. A plan called SUNY2020 was implemented to keep tuition increases small and steady, but there have been complaints about the "rational tuition" program. There is support for SUNY2020 from the Student Assembly of the State University of New York. Thomas Mastro is a senior at SUNY Binghamton and president of the Assembly.

Five years ago, Governor Cuomo and the Legislature approved annual tuition hikes for public colleges and universities.  At that time, the argument had two simple rationales to support the plan:

RCC Receives Community Schools Grant

Jan 15, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced $1.5 million to support the creation of “Community Schools” programs at three community colleges that are part of the SUNY system. One is in the Hudson Valley.

Colleges Face Changes

Nov 19, 2015
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By and large, the cost of college keeps rising, but what students get for their money isn’t always so clear. Student debt is accumulating as schools struggle with having to impose higher tuition rates, which some argue threatens the quality of a college education.

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It’s a new era for one of the Albany skyline’s most famous buildings. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was joined by downtown business officials and community members this morning to cut the ribbon on the recently renovated SUNY Plaza front lawn and main entrance.

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On Thursday Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited SUNY Adirondack in Warren County to announce a $9.7 million NY SUNY 2020 Grant to establish a new Regional Workforce Development Center on the Queensbury campus.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with college president Kristine Duffy about the planned facility that will connect students with the prominent sectors of the regional economy.

 

Four years ago, state lawmakers approved a plan that changed its relationship with the state’s public colleges and students.  The plan contained two major changes: public college tuition would be raised automatically and the state would commit not to cut state support for those institutions and would not use the increased tuition to close budget holes.

Next week, an Assembly Committee will hold a hearing on improving access to financial aid for college students.  One of the issues will be better access for part time community college students, who are the fastest growing group of students.

The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next president.

The university announced Wednesday that the 62-year-old Killeen will become president when current President Robert Easter retires in June.

The 67-year-old Easter became president in 2012 during a period of turmoil.

Both of his predecessors, Michael Hogan and B. Joseph White, resigned under pressure. Easter is credited by many with overseeing a relatively calm period.

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New York Governor Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees to urge them to pass a system wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.

New York is implementing new rules to address sexual violence at its state universities. The policy will include a statewide training program for campus police, and the creation of a single, statewide definition of sexual consent for all of the 64 SUNY campuses.

Each campus will also have to ensure students can report sexual violence to campus law enforcement or the local police department.

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Seven public entities and two individuals in health, transportation and higher education from across New York have been honored with the first BuildSmart NY Awards.

The New York Power Authority held its first BuildSmart NY Innovators Summit Tuesday at The Desmond Hotel in Colonie, outside Albany. The awards recognize leadership and excellence in building energy performance and innovative uses of clean energy solutions in public facilities. The goal is driving down government operating expenses, saving taxpayers millions of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Nano Deal Evaporates

Jul 22, 2014
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Citing "misinformation in the media" that led to a "misunderstanding of the intent of the application," the Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering withdrew its application to the Albany County Industrial Development Agency for financing for a new building at the Washington Avenue complex. 

The under-construction $200 million ZEN building will house renewable energy and clean-tech research. It is designed to operate as a zero-energy building — or ZEN — that generates its own power. Although located in the Albany city limits, it will generate zero tax dollars.

Officials from state-run colleges and universities across the nation will gather near Albany this weekend to discuss the issues facing public higher education. Eileen Landy is the Statewide Secretary of United University Professions, the union that represents faculty and staff at the State University of New York, and she is a member of the committee that created the Campaign for the Future of Public Education.

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In Saratoga Springs, officials from the State University of New York gathered to attend the inauguration of the fourth president of Empire State College.

At a ceremony held during SUNY’s annual All College Conference at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Dr. Merodie Hancock was officially inaugurated as the fourth president of Empire State College.

Hancock was asked how she felt being the first woman to head the Empire State College network.

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