Statement from President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, on Governor Cuomo’s proposed extension of NY SUNY 2020
STONY BROOK, NY–January 13, 2015–“On behalf of Stony Brook University, I am grateful to Governor Cuomo for his leadership and vision in proposing to extend NYSUNY 2020 for five more years. This is a solid plan that keeps tuition increases predictable and low, while it provides a sustained revenue resource so we can continue to invest in our students and faculty. It provides us with the tools needed to plan for the continued enhancement of our academic advising programs, to ensure students stay on track to graduate on time with less debt.
“Thanks to the original NYSUNY 2020 legislation, Stony Brook has met key targets related to our set of goals for the first five years. This includes raising our four-year graduation rate to better than 50 percent; hiring 246 net new faculty, moving our faculty to student ratio from 28:1 to 24:1; and increasing research funding and adding sections and faculty in key courses in an effort to clear obstacles to graduation.
“I enthusiastically join Governor Cuomo in his vision to make public higher education in New York ‘the envy of our country’ as the value of a Stony Brook degree continues to surge, and as we move towards our goal to be ranked as a top 20 public research university.”
Governor Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State and Budget Address