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Cuomo Plan for SUNY Centers Raises Questions

May 4, 2011

ALBANY, N.Y. - A plan to provide state funding to four State University of New York (SUNY) campuses that partner with businesses to create local jobs, announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is being viewed with cautious optimism in some quarters.

Campuses in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook could compete for grants of up to $35 million with an eye toward growing the local economy in those communities.

Cuomo says SUNY is in "crisis" and calls his plan a "healthy" one. However, Phil Smith, whose union represents 35,000 SUNY academic and professional faculty members, says there are more questions than answers.

"We do have some reservations about some of the portions of the plan that have not been given great details - and, of course, in all things the devil is in the details."

Smith says he's concerned that money from tuition hikes will go toward the planned public-private facilities, none of which - so far - has been a success. In cases where SUNY campuses have engaged in local partnerships with companies such as pharmaceuticals and high-tech research, says Smith, president of United University Professions, the university has not benefited.

"The campuses have been responsible for providing upkeep and maintenance of the buildings, as well as energy costs, etcetera - largely supported by tuition dollars - while private businesses are profiting. That just seems patently unfair."

Cuomo says tuition increases would have to be approved by the Legislature. In a news conference Monday, he said the four university centers eligible for the funding could have different tuition levels.

"They may or may not, depending on how they come up with their plan, have a tuition increase as part of that plan. We will consider each of those four plans on their merits."

The funding competition, called "NY SUNY 2020," is based on an earlier proposal for the university center at Buffalo, which failed in the Legislature last year.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY