State University

The following items related to SUNY State-operated campuses were included in this year’s Executive budget:

  • A continuation of $18 million for the 2015/16 Investment and Performance Fund based on a methodology approved by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. Last year, UAlbany, in addition to the three other SUNY University Centers, received $250,000 to build common student learning outcomes and assessments to increase completion in high demand/high impact gateway undergraduate courses offered online.
     
  • Inclusion of a reinstatement of an undergraduate tuition plan in which SUNY Board of Trustees will be empowered to increase resident tuition by a maximum of $250 per year above the approved amount for the prior year and would run from 2017-18 to 2021-22.

The Executive Budget provides significant new investment over a five-year period with an increase for State-operated and statutory campuses, from $200 million annually in critical maintenance projects to $550 million, the same level as the last long-term capital plan.

For the seventh year, the Governor proposes $55 million in NYSUNY 2020 capital funding. All SUNY campuses are eligible to compete for these capital funds, which are designed to encourage public-private partnerships benefiting the campus and nearby community. Plans shall be developed in consultation with the Regional Economic Development Councils and the determination of grant awards will consider the following: using technology to improve academic success and job opportunities for students; leveraging economic and academic opportunities through the Excelsior Business Program and providing experiential learning opportunities that connect students to the workforce.

The Executive Budget continues last year’s extension of the 2011 SUNY procurement flexibility legislation.

The Executive Budget also authorizes SUNY to utilize the “design/build” method of contracting, allowing certain projects to be completed more expeditiously and at a savings for taxpayers.