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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2013

SUNY faculty union president Kowal to testify, question SUNY initiatives


WHO: UUP President Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D..

WHAT: New York State Assembly hearing on SUNY’s use of state aid and tuition increases

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12

WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, Albany

Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D., president of United University Professions (UUP), will testify at a public hearing Thursday, December 12 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany regarding the impact of SUNY tuition increases and the University’s use of state aid. Kowal will urge lawmakers to invest more state aid in SUNY. He will also question SUNY’s plan to increase the number of its online courses in order to add 100,000 students without increasing faculty, and raise concerns about SUNY’s plan to standardize the General Education program.

Kowal will detail the negative effects those plans could have on the quality of a SUNY education, including concerns regarding for-profit firms being contracted to prepare curriculum, instead of SUNY faculty.

Kowal will also call on lawmakers to appropriate additional funding to keep SUNY’s Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn a full-service, public teaching hospital.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 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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