SUNY Chancellor Calls Excelsior Scholarship A Success Despite Low First-Year Numbers

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson is calling the Excelsior Scholarship a success despite statistics that show it was used by only 3.2% of SUNY students to help pay tuition costs in its first year. According to the New York State Higher Education Corporation, just over 20,000 students were awarded the scholarship in the 2017-2018 school year. Johnson wants to drill down in those numbers though.  She said there are some very positive impacts from the scholarship, specifically when it comes to a lower dropout rate. “The retention rate is 10% higher with Excelsior students, with scholarships which are Excelsior, than for students that don’t have an Excelsior Scholarship,” Johnson said. “And 15% higher for community colleges where a lot of our students get their start.

SUNY Chancellor: Trump Budget Would Be ‘Devastating’

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ALBANY (WSKG) – The outgoing chancellor of New York’s state university system said President Donald Trump’s budget, if enacted, would seriously hamper the chances for many of New York’s young people to attend college.  SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said cuts to programs that help disadvantaged high school students gain the opportunity to attend college, as well as reductions to federal college aid and cuts to medical research, including cancer research, would have a huge negative impact on New York’s colleges. “It would have a devastating effect on access,” Zimpher said. Zimpher spoke to public radio and television as she ends an eight-year term as the head of one the nation’s largest university systems next month. 

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Is New SUNY Transfer Process Good For Community College Students?

Students at New York’s public universities will soon have an easier time transferring between campuses. SUNY announced a new policy last week to help students finish their degrees on time. Usually, students who transfer from one college to another face a lot of uncertainty. Courses completed at one school often do not carry over to the other. Until now, that’s even been true within the SUNY system.

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NY Dumps Pearson For 3-8 Standardized Tests

Testing giant Pearson will no longer develop New York’s standardized tests for elementary and middle school students. The state is turning instead to Questar Assessment. That could signal a broader shift on education after heated controversy. Pearson took a beating for its role in New York’s transition to the Common Core. The company developed new tests that some said were age-inappropriate, and outrage sparked a test boycott. Now Questar is slated to take over development of those tests, but Robin Jacobowitz at SUNY New Paltz says getting rid of Pearson won’t address all the criticism.

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SUNY Implements Sexual Assault Policy

High-profile campus sexual assault cases are forcing colleges and universities across the country to reconsider how they deal with sexual violence. Now New York’s public university system is the latest to update its sexual assault policies. “Yes means yes” is about to become the rule on SUNY campuses. Affirmative consent for sexual activity is one of the main points in SUNY’s new sexual assault policy. SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm says the affirmative consent part of the policy makes an unwritten rule explicit.