Statement by CICU President Laura L. Anglin on the Executive Budget for SFY 2013-14

News Date: 7/1/2013

Laura L. Anglin, President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, a statewide association for more than 100 private, not-for-profit New York State colleges and universities, said, "In his proposed Executive Budget, we are pleased that Governor Cuomo highlights key investments for the future that support strong partnerships between New York State and its higher education institutions.  

In the area of student aid, I commend Governor Cuomo for continued support of the Tuition Assistance Program, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP/C-STEP), Liberty Partnerships and all student aid programs that enable access to higher education. This student aid and opportunity program funding is critically important to hundreds of thousands of students enrolled at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, and means more New Yorkers can achieve their dream of a college education.

With respect to economic development, the Governor continues to view higher education as a major economic engine. The Executive Budget clearly outlines an impressive plan to foster technology transfer from academia to commercialization to provide crucial early stage funding for commercializing innovative ideas originating from our academic institutions. Funding for programs–including innovation hot spots; a new venture capital fund; the Innovation NY Network; and continued high technology funding for university-based matching grants and R&D programs–will enable New York State to harness its vast intellectual power and spur future economic growth. Building on a proven public-private partnership model, the Governor also provides a third round of funding for the Regional Economic Development Councils.

New York’s independent colleges and universities applaud Governor Cuomo for this forward-looking fiscal plan and we look forward to working with the Governor and our state legislators to support future student aid and economic development initiatives.”

About the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU)
The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) represents the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer most of the bachelor's degrees (54%), master's degrees (73%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (79%) earned in New York State. www.cicu.org

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