Think Binghamton advocacy update
By Diane Greiwe
The New York State Legislature passed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NYSUNY 2020 legislation on June 24. The bill includes a rational tuition plan that will allow SUNY campuses to raise in-state tuition $300 annually for five years. It also allows University Centers to raise out-of-state tuition an additional 10 percent. In addition, the bill requires that the state make available General Fund operating support in an amount no less than provided in the prior year. The legislation also includes $140 million in capital funds for investments in economic expansion and job creation at Binghamton University and the three other SUNY University Centers through the Challenge Grant Program.
Passage of NYSUNY 2020 facilitates future planning and long-term investment in academic and research programs. President C. Peter Magrath hailed the legislation’s passage. “The rational tuition is crucial to the expansion of our educational mission. By delivering vital resources to the campus, the program will improve access to Binghamton's high-quality education for thousands of New Yorkers and positions the University and our partners to reinvigorate the state's economy through innovation and job creation."
The University will present its “Think Binghamton 2020” plan for the Challenge Grant Program to key legislators and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in early August. If approved, the Challenge Grant will allow the University to increase enrollment; fund new research, teaching and entrepreneurial activity in the health and natural sciences; and add significantly to the revitalization of the surrounding community through increased construction projects and new faculty and staff jobs.
To learn more about Think Binghamton 2020 and its status − and to join the University’s Think Tank advocacy group − visit the Think Binghamton website.
We encourage you to read President Magrath’s June 24 message announcing NYSUNY 2020's passage and to view press releases and media coverage at Advocacy News.