Statement from CICU President Lola W. Brabham on Governor Hochul's 2022 State of the State Address

News Date: 1/5/2022

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 5, 2022) – In response to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2022 State of the State address, Lola W. Brabham, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) said:

“On behalf of New York’s 100-plus private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, we are encouraged by today’s State of the State remarks by Governor Hochul, particularly on the proposal to restore the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for the incarcerated. Making TAP accessible to those who are currently imprisoned provides a path toward redemption and prevention, for which CICU has strongly advocated.”

“We are also encouraged by the plan to expand TAP to another 75,000 part-time learners, providing those who seek to further their careers a path to do so and the financial help they need. Further, the proposal to expedite the certification process by the State Education Department for teaching professionals will enable graduates of our member institutions to start their careers sooner and within the Empire State. These initiatives set the stage for New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities to continue to be drivers of opportunity for students, families, and the economic vitality of our state.”