SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras discusses COVID testing on campuses during visit to SUNY Plattsburgh
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The Chancellor of the SUNY system visited three northern New York campuses Monday as students begin to return for in-person classes.

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After a failed attempt to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic this fall, officials at SUNY Oneonta are working out how they can safely bring students back for the spring semester.

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Colleges across New York state are increasing testing as they grapple with spikes in COVID-19. 

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras visits Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at  SUNY New Paltz August 23, 2020
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Two weeks after many campuses started the fall semester, SUNY says all of its colleges and universities will implement a testing program to continually monitor for COVID-19.

With a theme of “Safe, Smart, Ready,” SUNY Adirondack will begin its fall semester on Tuesday, Sept. 9, offering classes both remotely and in-person. Small, in-person classes will be held for those courses requiring hands-on instruction, such as nursing, culinary, art, music, science and technology. Other classes will be taught in a live remote setting or in a traditional online format.

College leadership has been working throughout the summer to implement health and safety protocols across its three sites, including mandatory COVID check-ins at site entrances, requirements for facial coverings and social distancing, one-way traffic in hallways, reduced seating capacity in classrooms and extensive sanitizing in all buildings.

SUNY Adirondack President Dr. Kristine Duffy joins us with an update.

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A close ally of Governor Andrew Cuomo has been tapped to head the 64-campus State University of New York system after a national search was scrapped. 

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As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country, cities in the Capital Region are bracing for the return of college students this month.

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After three years, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson is leaving the 64-campus system to take the top job at The Ohio State University system. Johnson will begin September 1. For reaction, WAMC News spoke with Dr. Fred Kowal of United University Professions.

After three years, SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson is resigning for a new job at The Ohio State University. Johnson has agreed to become president of The Ohio State University starting in September. 

SUNY and CUNY campuses are now on an extended spring break amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Researchers would aim to map the genes of one million people living with or at-risk of Alzheimer's disease over five years through a proposed initiative at the State University of New York.

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SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivered her annual State of the University System address on Thursday. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, Johnson outlined her vision as SUNY approaches its 75th anniversary.

Fred Kowal: Can We Make SUNY Matter?

Nov 7, 2019

Over the past two weeks, Sen. Toby Stavisky, chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education, has presided over public hearings on the cost of public higher education in New York. The cost of a SUNY education, as well as the underfunding of SUNY, its medical schools and public teaching hospitals were also discussed.

In 2011, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passed “SUNY2020,” a multi-part higher education bill which, among other things, increased tuition annually at the State University of New York and the City University of New York.   At the time of first passage, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers promised to use the additional tuition dollars to enhance student services, including but not limited to; academic mentoring, counseling and advising. The tuition dollars were not intended to backfill budget holes, but rather enhance students’ education.

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This morning we focus on UAlbany's Purple Pantry - a new on-campus food pantry. We are joined by Director of Student CARE Services Sally D’Alessandro and Associate Director of Off-Campus Student Services Luke Rumsey.

This year’s Spectrum Conference – for Sexual & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education, Capacity Building, and Training in Response for Underserved Sexual and Gender Minorities takes place July 9-10 in Albany, New York.

Among the sessions this year will be Nine on IX, nine higher ed attorneys discussing the past and future of Title IX; an update on the state of HIV/AIDS; a panel of LGBTQI+ Presidents discussing successes and remaining challenges; and the first ever national keynote by Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, who tried to purchase a wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, a case that went to the Supreme Court last year.

We welcome: SUNY Associate Counsel Joseph Storch, and SUNY Director of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Elizabeth Brady.

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Students in the New York public university systems rallied at the State Capitol in Albany to end what they say is a built-in flaw in the state’s student aid policies. They say it’s costing the State and City University systems nearly $150 million a year — but their requests for more money come at a time when the state’s finances are tightening.

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SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivered her second State of the University System address Thursday. At the Albany Capital Center, Johnson said the SUNY system offers “a wonderful education for the many, not the few.” She lauded public education as the key to social equality not only in New York, but nationally.

Over a decade ago, then-Governor George Pataki and the Legislature came to an agreement: undocumented immigrants living in New York and accepted to public college would be allowed to pay in-state tuition.  But there was a catch: they would not be eligible for financial aid.  Since then, advocates have been trying to eliminate that obstacle.  Last week, the Legislature acted.  It passed legislation to allow financial aid for those students. 

In the first year of the Cuomo Administration a deal was struck:  every year, for five years, the cost of attending a public college or university would go up no more than $300 and the state would ensure that the tuition hikes would be used to enhance the State University of New York and the City University of New York systems. 

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After the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed New York's state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions.

The Sexual & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education, Capacity Building, and Training in Response for Underserved Sexual and Gender Minorities is a comprehensive, research-based training happening next week in Albany.

The conference will provide cutting-edge, prevention and response training to enhance the knowledge and skills of attendees through training to faculty, staff, medical professionals, and community and state agency service providers to turn the dial on sexual and interpersonal violence against sexual and gender minorities, while providing the most trauma-informed, and culturally-competent response and care when incidents do occur.

The conference will run in Albany, New York from June 18-22 and will include prevention and response education specifically tailored to addressing the disproportionate impact of sexual and interpersonal violence against sexual minorities on college campuses domestically, and abroad.

Joseph Storch is the Associate Counsel for The State University of New York and Elizabeth Brady is their Violence Prevention Project Director.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the resignation of a top official at SUNY's Upstate Medical University.  The pair also discusses Bethlehem Central School, which failed to block x-rated content on school issued laptops.

New York lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to begin their push to agree on a state budget, due by April 1.  There are a number of issues on which they must agree: first the amount of money that is available and then how to spend it. 

In her first State of the University System address, Chancellor Kristina Johnson mapped out her vision for the future of SUNY today in Albany.

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Some of the state’s top ranking education officials are condemning a vote by a State University of New York committee that would weaken regulations for teachers at some charter schools.

Dr. Kristina Johnson Begins Tenure As SUNY Chancellor

Sep 6, 2017
SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson
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Dr. Kristina Johnson has begun her tenure as State University of New York Chancellor, hoping to make SUNY campuses a beacon of economic development across the state. She spoke with reporters on Tuesday in Albany.

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Crews have wrapped up work to upgrade residence halls on three New York state campuses just in time for the start of fall classes.

Fred Kowal: Starting The Conversation

Jul 6, 2017

You can sometimes tell a lot about a person just by talking to them on the phone.