Lt. Governor Duffy Joins Independent College and University Presidents at Launch of Campus Community Partners Initiative, Monday, March 7

News Date: 2/24/2011

Contact: 
Terri Standish-Kuon, 518-436-1739, terri@CICU.org
Jennifer Miller, 518-436-1739, jennifer@CICU.org

 
New York Independent College and University Presidents Launch Campus Community Partners Initiative

 Brainpower, Partnerships, and Resources for New York State Communities: www.solutionsforny.org

Albany, NY - In conjunction with the 55th Annual Meeting of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), New York¹s private, not-for-profit college and university presidents today launched a new \"Campus Community Partners: Solutions for New York\'s Future\" initiative.

The announcement and kick-off is a celebration of community service and outreach performed by New York¹s Independent Sector of higher education. It was also the first public showing of a new website created to support the initiative, www.solutionsforny.org.

Keynote speaker at the kickoff event included New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy who focused on higher education community impact. Attendees included several dozen independent college and university presidents, as well as elected officials, state legislators, higher education policymakers, and administrators, business leaders, and community, civic and economic development leaders.

Anthony G. Collins, Chair, CICU Board of Trustees and President, Clarkson University, said, \"With our colleges and universities located in every corner of the state, the Cuomo administration\'s commitment to thinking, working and planning regionally plays to higher education\'s strengths, and we look forward to being engaged as true partners in major regional initiatives focusing on local needs.\"

Laura Anglin, president of CICU, said, \"New York\'s private colleges and universities have historically played an important role in the economic and social well being of New York. Students attending independent colleges and universities are more likely to volunteer than their peers generally, and are also more likely to volunteer now than a decade ago. This new Campus Community Partners effort is a celebration of the brainpower, partnerships and resources that our campuses and our students provide to the communities that we so proudly call home.\"

Robert Duffy, Lieutenant Governor of New York, said, \"Colleges and universities are vital to supporting New York State\'s economic and social growth.  As centers of expertise, they will play an important role joining with business, community, and state-agency leaders in creating sustainable long-term, regional economic-development strategies.\"

Although their principal focus is teaching and research, colleges and universities enhance community life, promote economic opportunity, and improve health and safety. Volunteerism in college often leads to life-long civic engagement; college gradates volunteer more, vote more often, and participate more in their communities. Colleges and universities also offer numerous - often free - artistic, athletic, cultural, and musical events.

 

  • Two in three students (64%) attending a four-year independent (private, not-for-profit) college or university volunteered in their communities in 2008, up 12 percentage points from 1999.
  • Students at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York State are most likely to volunteer in the areas of K-12 educational programming (87.8%), environmental sustainability (82%), hunger (82%), healthcare (82%) or tutoring and mentoring (78%), according to New York Campus Compact.

Beyond the impact that the Independent Sector brings to communities in New York State, colleges and universities are also significant private employers. Collectively, private, not-for-profit colleges and universities contribute $54.3 billion to the State\'s economy annually, directly employing 174,000 individuals. In nine of the states counties, private education represents five percent of more of total employment.  Further, in 1964, top employers in New York were dominated by manufacturing firms. Today, Cornell University and University of Rochester are two of the state\'s top employers.