State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher met with Stony Brook University students January 15 to discuss initiatives that would help maximize the SUNY experience and that would further define students’ expectations. The dialogue gave students a platform to share their feedback with leading voices in higher education, including the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee Chairman, Senator Kenneth P. Lavalle, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and Trustee Cary Staller.
The intimate audience of about 40 student leaders shared reasons why they chose Stony Brook, which included affordability, value, diversity, tier one research opportunities and reputation. Additionally, the students offered suggestions of ways that SUNY could help others reach their higher education goals. Topics included the continuation of SUNY’s study-abroad programs, further definition of finish-in-four initiatives, expansion of online education programs, spot-on admission opportunities and continued financial support from New York State for research, student life organizations and student employment.