New York’s Underinvestment in Public Higher Education

January 15, 2009. After more than a decade of financial support falling short of growing enrollment, the executive budget calls for cuts to SUNY and CUNY – at the same time that more students seek post-secondary opportunities during the economic downturn.

Governor Paterson’s proposed 2009-2010 budget features reductions in state aid to CUNY and SUNY, despite a projected increase in enrollment for 2009-2010. This report details the context for the cuts – a decade of underinvestment – and makes the economic case for supporting public higher education: it helps families through the current crisis, stimulates growth in the local economy, narrows racial gaps in income and education, and helps build a solid middle class for New York’s future.

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