Petition Opposing Cuts to Programs or Personnel at SUNY New Paltz sign now

We, the undersigned students, faculty and staff at SUNY New Paltz, endorse the 7 Key Points of the New Paltz UUP Chapterвs Budget Statement of November 15, 2010, referenced below.

We strongly oppose any cuts to programs or personnel currently at SUNY New Paltz, as this would negatively impact the educational quality and the lives of students, faculty and staff working here.

We call on the College administration to use its ample reserve funds to help address any budget shortfalls. In addition to its central reserves, the administration publicly acknowledges the existence of an additional $4.4 million in uncommitted Academic Affairs reserve funds. These reserves, and millions of more dollars in hundreds of other accounts held by SUNY New Paltz, continue to increase annually.

We are committed to working together to support the Collegeвs Mission of вproviding high quality, affordable education to students from all social and economic backgrounds.в Cutting current programs or personnel is counter-productive to this mission.
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Key Points of the New Paltz UUP Chapterвs Budget Statement of November 15, 2010:
1. In the short term, SUNY New Paltz should draw on its various reserve funds to stabilize its budget.
2. New York State urgently needs to reverse underfunding SUNY and to increase the Stateвs support for public higher education.
3. Accessibility to SUNY and diversity should be maintained through a tuition policy that does not shut out students of color and other first-generation college applicants, whose numbers have drastically decreased in recent years.
4. New York State needs to re-establish a fairer, more progressive tax structure, so that the wealthiest citizens once again pay their share of responsibility for the public good.
5. At the federal level, we need to realign priorities to strengthen the support for public higher education across the country.
6. We need visionary leadership from the SUNY Chancellor and the NYS legislature, which should strongly support, rather than undermine, SUNYвs mission to provide вeducational services of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative of all segments of the population in a complete range of academic, professional and vocational postsecondary programs.в
7. In view of the recent program suspensions at SUNY Albany, we need to affirm the traditional importance of the humanities for a liberal education by restoring and strengthening programs in foreign languages, the classics and philosophy.

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