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November 19, 2009

UUP ad: What if budget cuts mean another year of college?

What if your daughter comes home from her State University campus for Thanksgiving and tells you she’s not graduating on time? That’s the substance of a statewide newspaper ad being placed by United University Professions, the union that represents academic and professional faculty at SUNY. The ad depicts a mother’s shocked reaction to her daughter’s news that she won’t be able to graduate in four years because state budget cuts have limited the courses she needs.

“What? Another year of college! How are we going to afford that?” is the ad headline. It continues: “You’re happy she’s home for Thanksgiving, but what she just told you about her SUNY college leaves less to be thankful for. State budget cuts mean she won’t graduate on time. SUNY has been slashed by $410 million in the last 18 months. How will this affect you and your family? You and your children will be forced to pay more—and get less.”

The half-page ad will run during the week of Thanksgiving in 129 weekly newspapers reaching 1.5 million readers in New York’s major metropolitan areas.

“This ad sends a strong message to the thousands of households of SUNY students that $410 million in state budget cuts to SUNY could have a severe impact on them,” said UUP President Phillip H. Smith. “We want parents of SUNY students to take time during the Thanksgiving recess to find out what’s going on at their child’s campus and to take action if the news is bad.”

The ad tells parents of SUNY students to ask their children these questions:

• Will you graduate on time?
• Could you get into the courses you need next semester?
• Are your classes bigger?
• Can you meet with their professors and advisors, or are they swamped by SUNY’s growing enrollment?

The ad urges parents to contact state lawmakers to “speak up for public higher education” and restore state aid to SUNY. It also directs parents to UUP’s Web site ( which contains links to electronic letters they can forward to state legislators and the governor.

UUP ad: What if budget cuts mean another year of college? PDF

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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