Tell Albany to Invest in CUNY Quality

Updated: June 16, 2017
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Help Fund CUNY with a Real State Maintenance of Effort

Key legislators in Albany are making an end-of-session push to enact enhanced Maintenance of Effort (MOE) legislation for CUNY and SUNY. It’s a bill that would dramatically increase both the investment in and quality of a CUNY education. The enhanced MOE would provide CUNY with an additional $157 million for academics and student support services. Don’t miss this chance to help make it a reality for next year. Please send this e-fax message of support to your representatives in Albany right now—then share it widely with friends and coworkers. If you’re on a smartphone, click here to call your representatives.

The current MOE assures the steady creep of disinvestment in CUNY. It provides essentially flat funding, requiring that CUNY’s funding be no less than it was in the prior year. But CUNY requires increased funding every year to cover inflation of its rent, energy, collective bargaining and other mandatory operating costs.

Please send a message or make a call urging you legislators to support S.1596-A (LaValle)/A.934-A (Glick), the bill to amend the current, inadequate, definition of the MOE. The new definition would include mandatory costs for CUNY and SUNY. The bill would also provide reimbursement for a portion of the gap between the current maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards and the actual cost of tuition. CUNY now has to absorb that gap, at a cost of more than $50 million a year.

Without State support for increasing mandatory operating costs and funding to fill the “TAP gap,” which grows with every tuition hike, CUNY has been forced to cut programming, which has threatened to erode the quality of a CUNY education and undermined efforts to improve CUNY’s graduation rates.

In sum, to achieve outcomes that improve graduation rates and time to graduation, CUNY needs a dramatic increase in public funding to address both its full-time faculty shortage and higher pay for adjunct faculty. But that increase must come atop a base of stable State funding that supports the University’s projected annual costs. Please send a message to Albany or place a call today.