April 15, 2005 | News from the Chancellor
As you may know, the 2005-06 State Budget was recently agreed to by the Governor and the State Legislature. I am particularly pleased that we obtained additional capital appropriations to improve campus facilities, which, combined with the original executive budget recommendations, will enable CUNY to implement the largest capital program in our history. In addition to the increased investment made in our senior colleges, we made a major breakthrough in obtaining capital support for the community colleges, and we are now seeking matching dollars from the city for the six community colleges.
On the operating side, undergraduate resident tuition levels will remain constant, and detrimental TAP reductions were rejected. Proposed cuts to SEEK and College Discovery were restored, and community college base aid was increased. We still have significant operating budget challenges, particularly at the senior colleges, that need to be addressed. I am confident that we will meet those challenges through a combination of creativity, efficiency, and collaboration (see the attached budget analysis).
I want to take this opportunity to thank the CUNY trustees, presidents, faculty, staff, students, and alumni who worked so diligently to help bring the University a better budget than the one originally proposed. Over 400,000 e-mail messages to state legislators were generated by the CUNY community through www.supportcuny.org. All of us worked closely and continuously with state and city officials to advocate the importance of investing in the University. We will continue to work to further improve the budget in order to provide the very best learning environment at CUNY.