Issues: Higher Education

SUNY OSWEGO NAMED ‘BEST VALUE’ COLLEGE

Academic ‘Jewel on the Lake’ Tops Schools Across the Country

State Senator Patty Ritchie congratulated the students, faculty and alumni of SUNY Oswego for being named by Princeton Review and USA Today to their 2012 list of 150 “best value” colleges and universities in the nation.  

February 8, 2012
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Appreciation Day Ceremony Breakfast

Appreciation Day Ceremony Breakfast

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NYC Community Education Council #27, #28NYC Community District Council #29Parent Associations and Parent Teacher AssociationsExecutive Board Members

February 10, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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LaValle to Community Colleges: Allow Greater Access to Vocational Training to Prevent Failure, Frustration and Students’ Dropping Out.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, chair of the State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, said today that the State’s Community Colleges need to better identify which students are better suited for a vocational rather than an academic track which would save students’ money and time and ensure their continued enrollment and eventual graduation.

“Our community colleges need to provide greater access to vocational training,” Senator LaValle said, “which in turn would prevent students who are currently in remedial courses and failing, the opportunity to pursue a course of study more suited to them.”

February 3, 2012
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MISS N.Y. FIELDS RESIDENTS QUESTIONS ON BULLYING

Online Forum Sponsored by Senator Ritchie

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hosted an on-line Q-and-A with Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte fielding questions from constituents about the growing problem of schoolyard bullying.

February 2, 2012
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LaValle Urges Education Leaders to Open Dialogue About Remediation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson), chairman of the New York State  Senate’s Higher Education Committee,  said today that he is urging the heads of The New York City School System, SUNY, CUNY, The Board of Regents and Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities to open a public dialogue about remediation and students who come to college lacking the academic skills they need to survive in higher education.

LaValle said the problem of remediation is widespread in the State and that remedial courses are expensive. LaValle said that if the heads of the organizations don’t come together to open the discussion, he will call the meeting.

February 1, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Questions College Board Officials on SAT Security

State Senator Lee Zeldin questions officials from the College Board during the New York State Senate's Higher Education Committee public hearing on SAT Cheating on January 24, 2012.

January 27, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Bryant High School

Senator Gianaris speaking at Bryant High School in Long Island City about the Department of Education's plans for restructuring

January 26, 2012
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State Senator Adriano Espaillat Thanks SUNY’s Board of Trustees for Supporting Immigrant Students

SUNY trustees unanimously passed resolution calling for Dream Act policies in New York

 (New York, NY) – Today, the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution calling for legislation that would allow for undocumented immigrants to have the same access to tuition assistance, loans, and in-state tuition rates as every other student in New York State.   Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement:

January 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Long Island City High School

Senator Gianaris speaking at Long Island City High School about the Department of Education's plans for restructuring

January 24, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks to students at Long Island City High School

Senator Gianaris speaking to seniors and JROTC students at Long Island City High School about state government.

January 20, 2012
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Senator Valesky Named Member of Senate Select Committee on Libraries

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was named to a newly-created bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Libraries.

“Libraries are an integral resource in our communities, providing access to books, technology and education to people of all ages,” Senator Valesky said. “I am pleased to serve on this committee, to focus on the specific needs of libraries in Central New York and across the state.”

January 19, 2012
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SEN. RITCHIE, CANTON COLLEGE PRESIDENT ARE THE 'TALK OF OUR TOWNS'

State Senator Patty Ritchie and SUNY Canton President Joseph Kennedy discussed how four universities and colleges in Central and Northern New York are helping to stimulate the local economy and create jobs, the impact of the Governor's budget proposals on higher education and other issues on this edition of the New York State Senate program, "Talk of Our Towns."

SUNY Canton has witnessed phenomenal growth in recent years, adding students and new construction that created hundreds of local jobs.

January 19, 2012
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Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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STANDING UP FOR THE 'BEST'

SUNY Canton comes out on top in the newest rankings of "Best Colleges" by US News and World Report.

The story ran alongside another piece about my fight to preserve the school's independence in the latest issue of the college's campus magazine. Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students for making Canton college such an important part of our community.

January 15, 2012
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RITCHIE HELPS SUNY CANTON WIN OK TO GROW

 College to Add New Degree to Meet Demand

January 13, 2012
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Public Hearing: Policies and Procedures Pertaining to the Security of the SAT and Standardized Tests

Senate Standing Committee on Higher EducationChair: Senator Kenneth P. LaVallePublic Hearing: A follow-up to the October public hearing that examined policies and procedures pertaining to the security of the SAT and standardized tests in response to the ongoing criminal investigation that has uncovered a wide-ranging cheating scandalPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Nicole Stewart (518) 455-3121Media Contact: Drew Biondo (631) 473-1461ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 24, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Higher Education"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Higher Education

February 1, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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