Statement by CICU President Laura L. Anglin on the Executive Budget for SFY 2014-15

News Date: 7/17/2014

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, "We are pleased that in the proposed Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo supports strong partnerships between New York State and its higher education institutions through investments in key areas including student aid programs.

"With the 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 other student aid programs that enable access to higher education, the Governor shows his commitment to the students of New York State. Meeting college expenses takes a partnership between students and their families, colleges and universities and the state and federal governments. State student aid funding is vital to helping hundreds of thousands of New York’s students each year realize their college aspirations.

"The new proposed Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program is another example of investing in students and I applaud the Governor's initiative to offer the state's best and brightest high school graduates with scholarships to study STEM-related fields. We agree that this 'investment will help fill job openings in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy and encourage our best and brightest students to build their careers here in New York.' Right now, existing state scholarship programs enable students to take their awards to the New York independent college or university of their choice. Within the $8 million that the Executive Budget allocates to this new program, we hope that the program can be opened so that talented students are able to take their scholarship dollars to one of the many private, not-for-profit colleges and universities that offer STEM degree programs so that students have the full range of higher education options available in New York State.

"New York’s independent colleges and universities look forward to working with the Governor and our state legislators to provide fiscal and programmatic support of college students across the state and support future higher education initiatives to benefit all New Yorkers.”

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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Contact: Jennifer Miller, Director of Communications (jennifer@cicu.org; 518-436-4781) or Terri Standish-Kuon, Vice President, Communications and Administration (terri@cicu.org)