S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
February 15, 2011
Introduced by Sens. DeFRANCISCO, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and
ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to providing for an
internet-based college within the state university of New York system;
and to authorize the trustees of the state university of New York to
establish a four-year SUNY internet-based college
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 352 of the education law, as
amended by chapter 552 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as
3. The state university shall consist of the four university centers
at Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook, the designated colleges
of arts and sciences at Brockport, Buffalo, Cortland, Fredonia, Geneseo,
New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam and
Purchase, empire state college, the agricultural and technical colleges
at Alfred, Canton, Cobleskill, Delhi, Farmingdale and Morrisville, down-
state medical center, upstate medical center, the college of optometry,
the college of environmental science and forestry, maritime college, the
college of technology at Utica/Rome, the statutory or contract colleges
at Cornell university and Alfred university, THE INTERNET-BASED COLLEGE,
and such additional universities, colleges and other institutions,
facilities and research centers as have been or hereafter may be
acquired, established, operated or contracted to be operated for the
state by the state university trustees.
S 2. (a) The trustees of the state university of New York are hereby
authorized and directed to immediately take all actions to create and
establish within the state university system, and subject to the juris-
diction of such board of trustees, an internet-based college as a four-
year state university of New York available solely online.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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(b) The board of trustees of the state university of New York shall
select the location of the administration for such college within the
state of New York and provide for such college to be an accessible,
affordable, competitive, four-year, bachelor's level, degree-granting
college of the state university.
(c) The purpose of this internet-based college shall be to offer
degree programs in an exclusively online format at an affordable price.
(d) The board of trustees of the state university of New York shall
conduct all the duties required under article 8 of the education law
upon the establishment of the state university of New York internet-
based college, establish a master plan, establish standards and promul-
gate any necessary rules and regulations for the establishment of such
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.