American Higher Education has always been an anchor of our nation’s success, and it can be argued that – as our nation was founded on equality for all – higher education as an institution has tried to maintain access and affordability for all Americans willing to enroll.
Comparison of state tuition and mandatory fees. Click to enlarge
SUNY was officially established as a system in 1948, making New York the final of the then-48 states to create a university system. The system initially represented a consolidation of 29 unaffiliated institutions that shared a common goal: To serve New York State. Since 1948, SUNY has grown to include 64 individual colleges and universities that were either formerly independent institutions or directly founded by the State University of New York.
Vice President Joe Biden holds a meeting on transparency in college costs with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and nine other college presidents, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
As we enter the new year, we thought we’d share some of the SUNY news you may have missed during 2012.
In September, SUNY launched the “SUNY Smart Track Campaign” – an innovative new model combining several tools to combat student debt through educating students and families on the cost of college and how financial aid works.
This new initiative is the most proactive and comprehensive model by any university system in the nation meant to address the dual concerns of crushing student debt and lack of transparency in college costs and financial aid. It combines 5 tools and services to meet student financial service needs: