University at Albany

What's in the Act

Tuition Policy and Financing

  • Allows for differential tuition by campus and program;
  • SUNY Board must adopt tuition policy that is fair, equitable and responsible and that includes guidelines for across the board tuition adjustments, differential tuition and enrollment planning;
  • SUNY Board must adopt out of state enrollment maximum percentage limitations;
  • Invests all tuition, fees and other self-generated revenues in SUNY campuses, students and faculty; and
  • Repeals Education Law §355(8-b), enacted in 2009.

Land Use, Public-Private Partnerships and Construction Fund

  • Authorizes the SUNY Board to accept gifts of real property;
  • Authorizes SUNY to undertake land leases without special legislation for projects not in conflict with campus missions, subject to approval by a newly chartered State University Asset Maximization Review Board;
  • Authorizes SUNY to enter joint ventures and public private partnerships, subject to approval by the State University Asset Maximization Review Board;
  • Requires land leases include: MWBE, prevailing wage, union worker rights protection, reverter clauses, and project labor agreements;
  • Allows the State University Construction Fund to use expanded delivery methods, including design/build and construction manager at risk;
  • Eliminates burdensome and duplicative State Comptroller/Attorney General pre-approval of Construction Fund contracts;
  • Waives Construction Fund performance bonds for contracts less than $250,000;
  • Authorizes DASNY (Dormitory Authority) to finance/construct facilities on behalf of State-operated and community college affiliates; and
  • Authorizes DASNY to finance/construct community college dormitories directly on behalf of community colleges.

Procurement & Operational Efficiencies

  • Eliminates burdensome and duplicative State Comptroller/Attorney General pre-approval of SUNY,CUNY and their Construction Funds contracts;
  • Broadens SUNY access to the Office of General Services centralized contracts for goods and services; and
  • Streamlines approval for residential halls built by SUNY alumni associations.
  • Provides protection from liability for students participating in clinical internships related to their field of study;
  • Provides an Employee Retirement System (ERS) option for medical, dental and optometric interns; and
  • Aligns SUNY and CUNY to the eight year master planning process applicable to the independent colleges and universities in NYS.

Hospital Reforms

  • Provisions relating to nurse wage rates and pay differentials;
  • Facilitates hospitals participating in joint ventures and managed care to provide health care related services;
  • Eliminates burdensome and duplicative State Comptroller/Attorney General pre-approval of SUNY hospital contracts, including those involving real property transactions; and
  • Opens access to Optometric clinical services for Medicaid recipients at SUNY Optometry