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.

New York state of emergency remains in place, and with it, many of Cuomo's pandemic powers  (NY 1, June 15, 2021)
New York has a long road ahead to meet its climate goals  (City & State, June 14, 2021)
With Cuomo Weakened, New York Lawmakers End Session With Flex of Power  (The New York Times, June 14, 2021)
The Legislature Wraps Up The 2021 Session  (WAMC, June 14, 2021)
Bill banning coal tar-based sealants heads to Cuomo's desk  (Spectrum News, June 14, 2021)
Legislative productivity gets back on track in Albany  (Spectrum News, June 11, 2021)
NYS lawmakers approve bill to expand water testing  (WIVB, June 9, 2021)
State lawmakers pass ban on coal tar, a popular but harmful driveway sealant  (The Telegraph, June 8, 2021)
State lawmakers approve bill to expand water testing  (ABC News 10, June 8, 2021)
Senate Moves Again To Stop "Pay To Play"  (WAMC, June 7, 2021)
Empire State Weekly Budget Impacts on Education and Taxes  (ABC News 10, April 9. 2021)
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)
News Archive
Environmental groups call for a moratorium on the operation of cryptocurrency mining centers
NYPIRG Statement on Passage of Legislation to Ensure All New Yorkers Have Testing for Dangerous Unregulated Contaminants
On Eve Of 50th Anniversary Of NY's Approval Of The 26th Amendment, NYPIRG and120+ College Groups Urge Lawmakers To Approve Legislation Placing Polling Places On Colleges
NYPIRG Reacts to President Biden's Free Community College Proposal
NYPIRG reacts to Census reapportionment numbers - NY will lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives
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
Reports & Features Archive