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Let SUNY Schools Raise Tuition

February 15, 2011

Daily Gazette Editorial
February 15, 2011

At budget hearings last week, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher resisted the apocalyptic rhetoric favored by faculty union representatives and, while recognizing the state’s fiscal crisis, asked the Legislature not to cut SUNY’s budget again — at least not so deeply. If Gov. Cuomo’s $362 million in proposed cuts are adopted, she pointed out, the public colleges and universities will have absorbed $1.5 billion in cuts over the last four years, about a third of their state funding.

Meanwhile, their ability to raise revenue themselves was constrained by the Legislature, which approved only one tuition increase during that time and then took much of the money for use outside the state university system. In light of all this, Zimpher’s main pitch last week, to establish a predictable, five-year tuition plan that would provide new revenue for schools and allow students and parents to prepare in advance for tuition increases, makes sense.

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