Statement from CICU President Lola W. Brabham on the Board of Regents' Decision to Amend Definition of "University"

News Date: 1/10/2022

STATEMENT FROM CICU PRESIDENT LOLA W. BRABHAM ON THE NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF REGENTS’ DECISION TO AMEND DEFINITION OF “UNIVERSITY” 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2022) – In response to the New York State Board of Regents amending regulations to provide an opportunity for institutions that offer a range of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level to petition the Board to use ‘university’ in their names, Lola W. Brabham, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) said: 

"We applaud the New York State Board of Regents for updating the state’s definition of ‘university,’ bringing New York State into alignment with the rest of the country. CICU has advocated for years on behalf of our members — the 100-plus private, not-for-profit institutions of higher education across the Empire State — to make this critical change a reality. Removing this barrier of designation will ensure that colleges within New York State market themselves to prospective students at home and abroad in a manner that reflects the depth and breadth of their academic offerings and will help retain and support the value of degrees from these institutions."