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SUNY Tuition: There’s merit in plan for ‘rational’ increases

March 17, 2011

Syracuse Post-Standard Editorial

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State address in January, described his vision of the State University of New York as the engine that will drive our economy into the 21st century.

A month later, Cuomo threatened to drive SUNY into the ditch with an executive budget proposal that cuts its budget by $362 million. SUNY gets $3.3 billion of its total budget of $11 billion from the state. If Cuomo’s budget stands, the state university system will have lost $1.5 billion in state funding over the past four years. When you add in mandatory costs that keep on rising, SUNY figures it will have lost 30 percent of its state support.

SUNY’s enrollment, meanwhile, has grown 13.3 percent since the 2005-06 academic year. Forty percent of all graduating and college-bound high school students in New York attend one of its 64 campuses — and for good reason. SUNY schools regularly are rated tops in terms of educational quality, diversity and value.

Indeed, a SUNY education is a real bargain — some would say too much of one.

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