The holidays remind us this is the season of giving. All members of SUNY make a concerted effort to volunteer and contribute to their respective campuses and local communities. The 30 Days of Giving campaign highlights students and faculty across all of our 64 campuses who participate in volunteerism and give back to those in need. With over 467,000 students and three million alumni, we want to celebrate the impact the SUNY community has made in all of their unique community service projects. As we learned last year, the byproduct of taking volunteerism to scale is not only building character in our students themselves as they join our over three million alumni, but also to set an example of impact as the nation’s largest university system.
President Obama speaks at Pathways in Technology Early College High School
SUNY’s Smart Scholar Early College High School program, in partnership with EDWorks, delivers early college technical assistance to 23 state-wide schools. The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is a part of the Smart Scholars initiative.
President Barack Obama visited P-TECH on October 25 to spotlight the innovative school structure and discuss education reform. The Brooklyn public school was a feature of his 2013 State of the Union address and the cutting-edge model is now being replicated nationwide, including 16 New York partnerships launching in 2014. The six-year program graduates students with a high-school degree, an associate’s degree and partners them with a mentor at I.B.M to help them attain a job in the technology industry.
Increasing student access, reducing student debt through college ratings system proposed at the nation’s most comprehensive public university system.
On a historic trip to New York last week that marked the third and fourth SUNY campus visited, President Obama announced an effort he calls “Making College More Affordable” in order to strengthen the middle class. The aim of this approach will be to hold colleges responsible for student performance and tying that, among other metrics, to financial aid distributed to students in the future.
SUNY Chancellor Zimpher was excited, but not surprised, for the two Presidential SUNY stops. “In partnership with Governor Cuomo, we have enacted a series of proactive policies that have positioned SUNY to remain one of the most affordable and quality higher education options in the United States,” she said.
President Obama is this week embarking on a bus tour to spread his message of “A Better Bargain for the Middle Class.” SUNY’s own University at Buffalo and Binghamton University will be among several stops he makes across New York and Pennsylvania. His decision to bring a message of economic revitalization and academic excellence to New York is a perfect fit given the recent achievements and ongoing commitments that SUNY has made in partnership with our State.
SUNY has a rich history with United States Presidents. By Friday, President Obama will have visited four SUNY campuses during his two terms in office, the most of any public university system in the nation. This speaks volumes. It tells the world that President Obama’s vision for the function of academia and industry is realized in New York State’s successful model, which helps strengthen the middle class through a valuable education and innovative economy.
SUNY Chancellor Zimpher and the presidents of SUNY’s four university centers today joined higher education colleagues nationally in a call on Congress and President Barack Obama to close the “innovation deficit” – the widening gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and education.
Chancellor Zimpher, University at Albany President Robert J. Jones, Binghamton University President Harvey G. Stenger, University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi, and Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley are among the signees of an open letter published that says investments in those areas lead to the types of innovation and new technologies that power the nation’s economy, create jobs, and reduce the budget deficit while ensuring that the U.S. maintains its role as global leader.