State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia (left) with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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

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. 

Patrick Garrett/WAMC

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
Karen DeWitt

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.

Thomas Mastro

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
Courtesy of Rockland Community College

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

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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

SUNY Adirondack

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.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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.

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
Alain Kaloyeros
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

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.

Today is higher education day at the State Capitol in Albany. SUNY faculty and students are urging the legislature and the governor to boost funding for the system. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke about the lobbying effort with SUNY professor Dr. Eileen Landy, Secretary of the Faculty Union, UUP, and SUNY student Rita Yelda.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, who heads the 64-campus SUNY system, set the bar high last year when she outlined goals and strategies designed to move the system to the head of the educational pack: the crown jewel of 2013's address was the three-year program to graduate students faster than the traditional four years of study ...

State officials say 6,000 high school students from across New York will be able to earn an associate degree at no cost under a program designed to land them jobs when they graduate.

Governor  Andrew Cuomo says  that 16 high schools have been selected to be part of public-private partnerships designed to prepare students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care. The students will earn both an associate degree and a high school degree under the state's Pathways in Technology Early College High School program, or P-Tech.

Times Union

There was a time not too long ago when a young person went to college and four years later came out with a diploma. But there's a new normal when it comes to undergraduate education. Many students now take more than four years to get a degree, sometimes as long as six years, and sometimes the freshmen never make it to graduation, dropping out before the degree is in hand.

8/13/13 - Panel

Aug 13, 2013

  Today's panelsists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union

Topics include:
Bulger Verdict
Drug Sentences
Stop and Frisk
Bigger Hospitals and Bills
SUNY Grads
Lord & Taylor Returning to the Capital Region

Central NY Nano-watch

Jun 14, 2013

The success of the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has inspired a push for a similar nanotechnolgy center in Central New York ...

SUNY Albany

A cure for cancer - it could well be the most invigorating , but frustrating goal for medical research, but the work at a lab in Albany may help to end the scourge of cancer one day.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, who still has not issued a decision on whether hydro fracking should be allowed in New York,  is backing further away from the controversial gas drilling process in his economic development plans for the future.  

Two years ago, Governor Cuomo considered hydro fracking a key component of his plans for economic development in the faltering upstate regions of the state. 

SUNY New Paltz Opens Sustainability Office

Apr 29, 2013
Intel Free Press, flickr

One of the State University of New York campuses has a new Office of Campus Sustainability. Already, the college is one of eight SUNY campuses listed in the Princeton Review’s 2013 Guide to Green Colleges.

The State University of New York at New Paltz has hired a full-time sustainability coordinator, who begins May 1, and a part-time energy coordinator. The new office and its hires come in support of the SUNY New Paltz president’s recent submission of the Campus Sustainability Plan to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.