During the March meeting of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Milliken provided an update on state budget negotiations and said there must be no cut to CUNY’s budget. “As we continue to work with state leaders on the budget, we will not lose sight of the goal of continuing to provide the highest quality, affordable education to those students who, in so many instances, prove they can do the most with it…The investments that the taxpayers have made in CUNY continue to provide enormous returns as our colleges and leaders create new programs and new opportunities for our students, all contributing to the atmosphere of excellence at CUNY.”
In his report to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Milliken commented on several aspects of the 2016 Executive Budget including CUNY’s role in a plan to offer college-level instruction in state prisons and a renewed effort to pass a state DREAM Act. The Chancellor also noted that CUNY’s online bachelor’s degree program at the School of Professional Studies and CUNY School of Law had recently received national recognition. Regarding proposed shifts in state funding, Chancellor Milliken said: “We will not lose sight of the real interests at stake, the education and the futures of the over 500,000 students served everyday by The City University of New York.”
Chancellor Milliken restated his commitment to obtaining a fair contract for faculty and staff. The Chancellor also announced $20 million in performance funds from the state budget that will be allocated for new academic initiatives being developed by the colleges. In addition, the Chancellor said city funding that will allow a significant expansion of CUNY’s successful programs, ASAP and CUNY START, and $17 million in merit scholarships for students.
In his June report to the CUNY Board of Trustees, Chancellor James B. Milliken remarked on commencements held across the University and shared highlights from a reception for over 300 TheDream.US scholarship winners. Chancellor Milliken provided an update on both the City and State budgets and their impact on the University including major investments in the ASAP program, funding for scholarships and assistance for senior colleges to implement performance improvement plans. The Chancellor also reported that New York State adopted a new sexual assault law championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and supported by the University.
Chancellor James B. Milliken apprised the Trustees on President Barak Obama’s visit to Lehman College to launch the “My Brother’s Keeper’s Alliance,” a non-profit group focused on improving opportunities for young black and Latino men. Chancellor Milliken also discussed the success of the 13th annual Citizenship NOW! Call-In and a reception honoring more than 200 CUNY students who were awarded TheDream.US scholarship. In addition, the Chancellor summarized the State budget, which includes increased funding for various programs and initiatives.
In his March report to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor James B. Milliken remarked on ASAP’s national recognition, new support for STEM programs, and the need to remain competitive in retaining talented faculty and staff. Chancellor Milliken reiterated that his top priority remains the resolution of collective bargaining agreements to recognize the commitment of faculty and staff. The Chancellor said: “If CUNY is to attract and retain top talent, we need an agreement with appropriate salary and benefits.” Chancellor Milliken added that the University’s dedicated adjunct faculty deserves recognition and long overdue raises for providing “a critical component to our ability to offer a high quality education to our students.”
In his January report to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor James B. Milliken remarked on President Barack Obama’s recognition of CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) as part of Obama’s focus on community college accessibility. “The President cited ASAP as a model program for moving students quickly and successfully to graduation, a program that other community colleges across the country should emulate,” the Chancellor said. He expressed confidence that CUNY will show “steady improvement thanks in part to the mayor’s investment in ASAP and in STEM programs.” He also summarized the governor’s executive budget, which includes increased state funding for CUNY.
Chancellor James B. Milliken discusses the importance of the University’s capital budget request and discusses the importance of public support. Chancellor Milliken also provided an update on the development of new policies regarding sex based assault and harassment and states his appreciation of student leaders that aided in the amendments to student disciplinary polices. Plus, the Chancellor briefs the Board of Trustees on ongoing contract negations. “Being competitive for faculty and staff is essential to this university and the people it serves and the funding of that obligation has a great deal to do with CUNY’s ability to provide access and high quality,” says Chancellor Milliken.
In a NY1 interview with Sam Roberts on The New York Times Close Up, Chancellor James Milliken discussed CUNY’s plans to expand programs that boost student success. Success, he noted, includes graduating with a two-year degree: “There are great opportunities for high-paying jobs for two-year graduates,” he said, noting that to meet the needs of the city’s tech industry CUNY should be offering more “short courses, certificates or two-year degrees in programs teaching software development, coding and gaming. There’s a big market out there.”
Speaking at a meeting of the Association for a Better New York, Chancellor James B. Milliken outlined an ambitious agenda for CUNY in the next decade that includes building research and technology development, expanding global opportunities and increasing digital education. The Chancellor said, “The most important city in the world should have the best public university in the world.”