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SUNY's Fate Hinges on Vote in the Assembly

June 14, 2010

Buffalo News

ALBANY — It’s make or break time for the state university system and its sweeping plans to untether itself from Albany.

The University at Buffalo was the first to push the initiative, which would change how tuition levels are set, permit individual campuses to keep more of the tuition money and encourage partnerships with private companies.

State budget talks appear to be entering a final phase this coming week, and whether this vision lives or dies hinges on those negotiations.

One thing is certain: The fate of the university plan is in the hands of the Assembly, where downstate and upstate Democrats are fighting each other over a measure that State University of New York officials say is desperately needed to bolster both the reputation and educational offerings of the nation’s largest university system.

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