University at Albany’s Legislative Requests

Each year, the University at Albany requests additional operating and capital support from the New York State Legislature.

Below are the requests created in consultation with University's Executive Council. We will be calling on the UAlbany community to help advocate for these initiatives and restorations as there is considerable competition for state resources.

  • Capital Support for the Former Albany High School Building - $20 Million
    UAlbany is seeking capital support to complete the conversion of the vacant former Albany High School building into the new home of UAlbany’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). This funding will allow the University to complete this transformative project and fully occupy the building with more than 1,200 students, faculty and staff. CEAS requires a finished, state-of-the-art home to strengthen the growth and development of this college. Through partnerships with the city, industry, K-12 educators, community colleges and other stakeholders, CEAS, in the renovated building, will leverage SUNY’s academic and research excellence to operate as nodes of economic, community and workforce development.
  • NYSTAR Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Predication and Innovation
    UAlbany’s Center of Excellence has engaged with over 75 public and private partners, including IBM, GE, and ConEd; has active research relationships with 12 of those businesses; and has helped New York State drive over $2 million in economic impact. Last year's Enacted Budget includes $250,000 in funding for UAlbany's Center of Excellence. Unfortunately, the Executive Budget eliminates this funding again and consolidates overall funding for the Centers of Excellence and Centers for Advanced Technology. We will advocate to restore last year's funding level and seek additional State support that will enable our Center to eventually reach parity with the other Centers of Excellence across the state that have been previously funded at $1 million.

The University supports the following requests by SUNY:

  • Continuation of the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and the Predictable Tuition Plan and Additional Flexibility in Setting Tuition Rate Categories for Doctoral Granting Institutions and for Specific High-Demand Certificate Programs
    The Executive proposal extends predictable tuition for SUNY’s state-operated campuses and Maintenance of Effort (MOE). To keep tuition increases modest and predictable, and to infuse additional funds into New York’s public university systems, the predictable funding plan would be extended through AY 2025. During this period, SUNY (and CUNY) would be authorized, but not required, to raise tuition up to $200 annually. The proposal would also allow SUNY doctoral granting institutions to have a flexible tuition rate than other colleges -- a good solution not only for the institutions but also for our students, since tuition is covered by TAP and the Excelsior Scholarship, and fees are not. Differentiation between the university centers and other SUNY institutions already exists with the Academic Excellence Fee, a component of NYSUNY 2020.
  • Streamlined Approval Process for New Education Programs
    The Executive Budget provides that public and private colleges and universities that meet certain standards may adopt a new curriculum or program of study without seeking SED approval, as long as the adoption would not require a Master Plan Amendment or lead to professional licensure. UAlbany supports this change to expedite academic program approval.

  • The Executive provides $1.24 million for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany), a reduction of $500,000 from last year’s enacted budget.  We will work to restore this funding, which has typically been eliminated in the Executive Budget but restored by the Legislature.
  • The NYSTAR Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Predication and Innovation was established in last year’s Enacted Budget with an appropriation of $250,000. Unfortunately, the Executive Budget removes it (as is the Executive’s practice with many legislative additions to the Centers of Excellence program). We will request a restoration of the original $250,000 from last year and seek additional state support that will enable our Center to eventually reach parity with the other Centers of Excellence across the state that have previously been funded at nearly $1 million.
  • Funding for the Center for Health Workforce Studies, a not-for-profit research organization that provides timely, accurate data and policy-relevant research about the health workforce, was not included in the Executive Budget. We will work with the Legislature to restore this funding.
  • We will work with the Legislature to restore cuts in funding to the Public Health Management Leaders of Tomorrow program (PHLOT), established in 2006, which strengthens the public health infrastructure across New York State.
  • We will work with the Legislature to restore cuts in funding to Public Health Live, a webcast series designed to provide continuing education opportunities on public health issues.
  • Funding for the evaluation of the Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veterans Program was not included in the Executive Budget. Dwyer support services provide veterans at risk of social isolation with a chance to engage with other veterans in low-demand, stigma-free settings. We will work with the Legislature to have this funding restored.