NYS AAUP Government Relations Program
New York State Conference of American Association of University Professors
The mission of the NYS AAUP Conference is to champion academic freedom and shared governance, to advance the quality of higher education and to provide a unified voice for the professoriate and academic professionals across the state of New York to discuss concerns and communicate issues. To that end, the NYS AAUP Conference has aligned its legislative and lobbying efforts to address issues through legislative monitoring and advocacy..
The program values the following principles as stated by The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education and will be guided by them as they address the legislature:
- Higher education in the 21st Century must be inclusive; it should be available and affordable to all who can benefit from and want a college education.
- The curriculum for a quality 21st Century education must be broad and diverse.
- Quality higher education in the 21st Century will require a sufficient investment in excellent faculty who have the academic freedom, terms of employment, and institutional support needed to do state-of-the-art professional work.
- Quality higher education in the 21st Century should incorporate technology in ways that expand opportunity and maintain quality.
- Quality education in the 21st Century will require the pursuit of real efficiencies and the avoidance of false economies.
- Quality higher education in the 21st Century will require substantially more public investment over current levels.
- Quality higher education in the 21st Century cannot be measured by a standardized, simplistic set of metrics.
- Legislative Monitoring/Lobbying Program is divided into the following categories:
The goal of the NYS AAUP Conference effort is to increase state funding for public higher education to adequate and appropriate levels by continually advocating that public education is an investment for the future of our country and that the burden should be shifted to the state, away form students.
The NYS AAUP Conference must continue to demand the financial autonomy of public higher educational institutions. Our goals for 2017:
- FULLY FUNDING BUNDY-AID
- Bundy Aid has been flat since 2012 putting private sector colleges and universities in fiscal distress
- FULLY FUND BOTH SUNY AND CUNY’S BUDGET SO THE STATE’S SHARE IS 75%
- In the last 30 years the share of state support has dropped from 75% to below 30% for state campuses, putting stress on funding and causing tuition and fees to rise
- ONCE FUNDING LEVELS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED, PROVIDE MAINTAINACE OF EFFORT LEGISLATION
- To ensure higher education institutions, students and families can plan, it is important to provide a base of constant real support
- HAVE THE STATE LIVE UP TO THE FUNDING FORMULA FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES BY PROVIDING A FULL THIRD OF TOTAL FUNDING
- Neither the state or counties have lived up to their obligations to provide funding while asking community colleges to become the new engines of economic growth
THE STATE’S FAILURE TO FUND HIGHER EDUCATION IN NEW YORK IS AT THE ROOT OF THE CURRENT STUDENT DEBT PROBLEM. FULL FUNDING WILL GO A LONG WAY TORWARDS THE GOVERNOR’S GOAL OF FREE TUITION AND OVER TIME WILL BE MORE COST EFFECTIVE.
TO ENSURE PROPER FUNDING STATE REVENUES MUST BE ADEQUATE
- EXTEND THE MILLIONAIRES’ TAX AND MAKE IT MORE PROGRESSIVE
- The millionaires’ tax bring in more than $4 billion and should be extended. Adding additional brackets will improve fairness while adding revenue which could go to fund higher education
- REPEAL INEFFECTIVE TAX CREDITS
- Tax credits have been shown to be an ineffective way to create economic development and should be reviewed and repealed if they are found not to be effective
NEW YORK STATE NEEDS TO ENSURE FAIRNESS TO ALL OF ITS CITIZENS
- PASS THE NYS DREAM ACT
- PASS REAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
- SUPPORT LEGISLATION RECOMMITTING NEW YORK STATE TO THE SUPPORT OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR
For additional information contact:
NYSC Committee on Government Relations