Lupinacci, Zimpher Discuss Growing Impact of College Education
During a recent higher education budget hearing, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,WF,I-Huntington Station) and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher discussed the 2013-14 budget proposal’s impact on higher education. Lupinacci, a professor at SUNY Farmingdale, Hofstra University and the Ranking Minority Member on the Higher Education Committee, discussed several proposals including increasing collaboration between SUNY and local K-12 programs and the possibility of expanding the three-year bachelor degree programs.
“The SUNY system provides our young people with a world-renowned education helping to launch the leaders of tomorrow,” said Lupinacci. “It was enlightening to hear the positive steps being taken by SUNY to partner with local school districts to help best prepare young people for the changing needs of education and the global economy. I was also pleased to hear about the possibility of expanding the three-year bachelor programs to incorporate a greater number of degrees. Allowing students to fast track their education can be an effective means to providing quality education at an affordable cost.
“However, one of the issues which I repeatedly hear about from parents and students in our community is the rising cost of a college education. As we work to best meet the educational needs of students, we must also work to ensure the cost of that education does not become a sustained burden for years to come,” concluded Lupinacci.