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Letter: Debased SUNY program facing serious problems

Debased SUNY program facing serious problems

The problem with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make SUNY undergraduate tuition free for individuals whose family makes less than $125,000 is not that such a cutoff is too high, but that it is too low.

The continued squeezing of the SUNY program – by cutting state funding while at the same time moving tuition costs to students and their families, ravaging libraries in search of more “reading” space and increasing the number of administrators to the point that they often outnumber full-time teachers – has resulted in an undergraduate and graduate education so debased from what it was in the early 1970s, when tuition was, on an inflation-adjusted basis, substantially lower than it is today, that its actual value for all students might be best set at zero.

John Henry Schlegel


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