Governor George E. Pataki proposed
on January 22 the 2002-2003 State Executive Budget which represents
a flat level of appropriation for CUNY when compared to 2001-2002
funding. No tuition increase is recommended, and support is
included for the financing of the collective bargaining agreement
with District Council 37.
George E. Pataki (left), Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
(center), and Local 1100 President Dennis Rivera at
the Workforce Develpment Center in the Bronx.
"We are pleased that Governor Pataki proposed that CUNY receive
up to $2.5 million for training programs related to business
development efforts, through the State Department of Labor budget,"
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said. "We are advised that
there are also significant opportunities for academic institutions
to compete for federal funding directed to the State through
federal aviation legislation and homeland security programs.
These and other economic development projects are being carefully
evaluated to determine possible CUNY involvement."
Goldstein also said he looked forward to "working with the Governor
and the State Legislature on the proposed re-structuring of
the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). "TAP is very important
to our students, and we want to make sure as much assistance
is available to them as is humanly possible," he stated.
Goldstein also expressed appreciation for "the help of Governor
Pataki in supporting CUNY initiatives to integrate operating
and capital funding to ameliorate the impact of the current
State budget. We welcome the support for administrative efficiencies
proposed by CUNY to offset the cost of ongoing and new initiatives."
In closing, the Chancellor said "the University will continue
to work closely with the Office of the Governor and the State
Legislature to further strengthen the University's role in contributing
to the educational, economic, and social vitality of the City
This central and long-standing mission of the City University
is often reflected in the pages of its 2002-2003 Budget Request,
which carries the title "An Integrated UniversityHelping
to Rebuild New York City." Notable among the initiatives contained
in the Request are several that are designed to rebuild the
New York economy. These match CUNY's expertise in the local
labor market with a long and successful track record of developing
job-oriented course work and specific skills training.
Four workforce development programs are highlighted in the Request.
The Labor Market Intelligence Survey (LMIN) will consist
of 15 employer task forces whose members will be committed to
providing up-to-date information on their industry's current
and anticipated education and training needs. LMIN reports periodically
make information available through the internet to CUNY colleges
and to job-seekers at the city's "One-Stop" service centers
and other 9/11-related job fairs.
LMIN will embrace the following sectors: publishing, telecommunications,
manufacturing, broadcast TV, sound design, food services, public
relations, management consulting, financial services, advertising,
legal services, accounting services, health services, real estate,
and not-for-profit organizations.
A request for funds to offer reduced tuition for 3,000 is proposed
for Credit and Non-Credit Certificate Training Programs.
One of the most effect ways to deliver education to the rebuilding
workforce is short-term programs offered primarily at the community
colleges. These enable dislocated workers to acquire or upgrade
specific skill sets or prepare for new careers.
Funds are also requested for intensive Foreign Language Instruction
for 100 students at $4,500 per student. The University's Research
Institute for the Study of Languages in the Urban Setting is
preparing a database of foreign language experts at CUNY. Immersion
courses would be offered in languages relevant to employment
in security and public safety in the post-9/11 environment.
Funds for Career Counseling Services on a permanent basis
are requested. Hitherto, the University has provided career
counseling to participants in the Jobs Clearinghouse, which
is sponsored by the NYC Partnership and the Central Labor Council,
on a volunteer basis. These funds will provide similar service
on a regular basis.
The CUNY Web site offers analysis of the State Budget by the
University Budget Office and an analysis of the proposed TAP
changesincluding their impact on CUNY studentsby
the University Office of Financial Aid at www.cuny.edu/finance.