January 31, 2007 | News from the Chancellor
“We are reviewing the details of the 2007-2008 State Executive Budget Released today by Governor Spitzer and are encouraged by his recommendations to strengthen the State’s investment in The City University of New York. The Budget includes important improvements in the operating and capital budgets of the senior and community colleges that begin to more fully address the funding of programs and services needed to effectively serve our 226,000 students who are pursuing degrees and over 250,000 adult and continuing education students.
“Student enrollment at CUNY is at its highest level in thirty one years and our students are winning national and highly competitive awards at all levels. There is no better time than now to invest in the future of students, who represent both the future leaders of our State and the tax base needed to sustain future generations of New Yorkers. This means continued emphasis on increasing support for full-time faculty positions and support services so that our students receive the full benefits of a first rate education as they obtain the educational credentials they need to compete effectively in the marketplace of careers and ideas.
“We welcome the establishment of a new Commission on Public Higher Education to recommend a multi-year strategy to enhance CUNY and SUNY. The CUNY Board of Trustees unanimously supports the CUNY Compact I proposed to finance the University’s Master Plan through the support of key funding partners, including the State, City, the University, private philanthropy, and students, and the establishment of a rational, predictable tuition policy. This is clearly consistent with the State Executive Budget and its public higher education investment strategy. The principles of the Compact, designed to advance a long term approach to funding, will help advance the goal of a stable, adequately financed public higher education system.
“We especially commend Governor Spitzer for ending the “TAP game”, the imprudent approach taken in past budgets where huge reductions in Tuition Assistance Program monies were recommended , jeopardizing family planning for college costs and diverting legislative and higher education community energies toward fixing the budget holes and away from improvements in academic quality.
“The University will, of course, examine the State Budget further and work closely with the Executive and the Legislature in the weeks ahead, prior to the April 1 deadline for its adoption.”