Higher Education

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We live in a representative democracy — we choose our representatives, and they make policy choices on our behalf. Central to the success of any democracy is the ability of its people to be adequately informed about the issues of the day and the way in which their government works. In addition, an advanced society such as ours relies on the intellect and skills of its people to boost its economic vitality.

An important component to such successes is a quality, affordable system of higher education. NYPIRG has long promoted access to affordable, high quality college education for all students. Working with our sister organization, we have offered analyses that help make the case for enhanced state support for higher education institutions, both public and independent.

Blair Horner discusses the state budget on The Capitol Connection  (WAMC, April 8, 2021)
Budget deal freezes SUNY, CUNY tuition, expands TAP  (Albany Times-Union, April 6, 2021)
Will Higher Ed be Short-Changed?  (Spectrum News, April 5, 2021)
College Students, Faculty Petition Against Budget Cuts to Higher Education in 2021 State Budget  (WICZ, March 24, 2021)
How legislature’s budget proposals could impact higher education   (WIVB TV, March 18, 2021)
New York State budget will have great impact on higher education  (Binghamton Homepage, )
Community colleges across New York face uncertain future, enrollment declines of upwards of 50%  (Fingerlakes 1, March 3, 2021)
Community Colleges Are in a "Death Spiral," Says NYPIRG  (Spectrum News, March 2, 2021)
Cuomo's Higher Education Budget Gets Scrutiny  (WAMC, February 8, 2021)
A workshop for lobbying during COVID  (Community News Weekly, January 29, 2021)
Governor Cuomo's Budget  (WAMC, January 25, 2021)
Blair Horner discusses the 2021 state budget   (WGXC Radio, January 25, 2021)
Empire State Weekly NYPIRG Executive Director Blair Horner Budget Executive Budget Interview  (WIVB, January 22, 2021)
State of the State: Episode Three  (City & State, January 13, 2021)
A Dark Day In American History  (WAMC, January 11, 2021)
The 2021 Legislative Session Begins  (WAMC, January 4, 2020)
How safe is Rockland's drinking water? Coalition hearing to put toxins under a microscope  (Lohud.com, January 4, 2021)
Colleges fear state delay of TAP aid could become permanent  (Newsday, December 10, 2020)
Reforming New York's Elections  (WAMC, November 3, 2020)
Colleges And Lady Justice Face Emergency Budget Ax  (WAMC, October 26, 2020)
News Archive
2021 State Budget Reaction
NYPIRG and New York's leading civic organizations call for an overhaul in ethics enforcement. The coalition urges that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) be replaced and a new independent ethics watchdog be created.
Report: NYPIRG releases review of community college tuition policies
News Release: NYPIRG releases review of community college tuition policies
NYPIRG Reacts To Governor Cuomo's Budget Proposal
NYPIRG Reacts to Governor's 4th 2021 State of the State Address on NYS Infrastructure Needs
Youth, Climate, and Environmental Organizations Respond to Governor Cuomo’s Environment State of the State Address
NYPIRG Reacts to Governor’s First Installment of His 2021 State of the State Address
NYPIRG and dozens of other civic organizations urge lawmakers to keep revenues from the Stock Transfer Tax in order to avert deep state cuts to environmental, health care, and higher education programs
NYPIRG Student Voter Helpline Finds Some Confusion, Fewer Problems
NYPIRG to Open Statewide Student Voter Helpline on Nov 3
Make Polluters Pay Event With New York Attorney General Letitia James (Video)
Release: 166 groups call on Albany to protect higher education funding
NYPIRG Announces Gene Russianoff Retires
Reform Groups Have Urged The Governor And The Legislative Leaders To Curtail Governor's Emergency Powers And Reconvene The Session To Do The People's Work
NYPIRG Joins Over 50 Organizations in Calling for New York to Reclaim the Stock Transfer Tax
Rock the Absentee: Vote by mail for Primary Election Day 6/23
NYPIRG Urges Governor Cuomo and Lawmakers to Invest in Higher Education, Releases Policy Paper
Policy Paper - Higher Education and Its Eroding Affordability Over the Decade
Capital Investments: A Look at The 2018 New York State Legislative Elections
Reports & Features Archive