SUPPORT CUNY TODAY!
The State of the State message was delivered by Governor Cuomo on January 8th. The Governor released his Executive budget on January 21, 2014 and is currently under review by the University budget office. Interim Chancellor Kelly’s statement on the Executive Budget is listed below.
In the Executive Budget, CUNY was provided a stable budget that provided for the funding of our mandatory fringe benefits. On the capital side we received $55 million dollars for the second round funding of the CUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program. In addition, the University also received critical maintenance funds for both the senior and community colleges. There is also a new $8 million dollar STEM initiative for CUNY and SUNY which will provide free tuition to the top ten percent of high school graduates who plan to enter a STEM field. In the budget cuts category at CUNY, the Joseph S. Murphy Institute ($1 million), SEEK ($551,300), ASAP ($1.7 million), community college child care ($500,000) and College Discover ($26,900) were all reduced.
In addition, CUNY seeks a $250 per FTE increase amounting to approximately $21 million. CUNY is also seeking an additional $3.5 million in operating aid for support services for veterans and disabled students. We are also requesting additional resources for the Black Male Initiative($2.5), Single Stop($1 million) and $5 million for CUNY START and College Now initiatives to address remedial needs of students and increase graduation rates. Moreover, the University requests $15 million for the Advanced Science Research Center which will open in the fall of 2014 and $7.4 million for CUNY’s STEP salary increments that have not been covered by the State. Listed below is the analysis prepared by the University budget and finance office as well as of the Office of Facilities, Planning, Construction and Management.
Please choose a letter below to help advocate for support of public higher education at CUNY . You may send the sample letter or edit to reflect your personal thoughts. The letter will be e-mailed to New York State legislators who will be making budget decisions in the coming months. The Legislature is required to pass the State budget on April 1, 2014.
Please act now as there is only a limited time period to affect the legislative budget process.
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There is power in a large organized group of people advocating on behalf of a particular issue. Please assist us in spreading the word to your family and friends in supporting public higher education. Please provide us with five e-mail addresses of acquaintances who may be interested in seeking support to provide a quality education for all students. So Tell A Friend today.
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