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March 10, 2014

UUP mounts ads campaign promoting public higher education endowment, SUNY Downstate

– United University Professions, the union representing academic and professional faculty at the State University of New York (SUNY), has launched an advertising campaign urging the state to create a public higher education endowment. The campaign comes after SUNY and the City University of New York have lost nearly $2 billion in state funding in recent years.

“SUNY students and their families are paying 65 percent of SUNY’s operating costs, a stark reversal from 20 years ago when the state was paying 65 percent of SUNY’s operating costs,” UUP President Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D., said. “It’s time to lift the burden of funding public higher education off the backs of students and their families and shift it back to the state, where it rightfully belongs. The endowment would be used to hire more full-time faculty and professional staff to safeguard the quality of public higher education.”

UUP is airing a 30-second television ad in and around Albany both this week and next, while the state Legislature is in session. A half-page companion print ad will appear in more than 150 weekly newspapers and several daily newspapers during the next two weeks in areas of the state near SUNY campuses. The ad asks viewers and readers to call a toll-free number –1-888-866-2561–and urge their elected state officials to create the endowment and increase state funding for SUNY.

UUP also launched a separate print ad campaign in New York City focusing on the need to protect SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. The ad describes SUNY Downstate as “a beacon of hope” that provides vital safety-net services. The ad asks readers to call a different toll-free number – 1-888-789-9085 – to tell state lawmakers to increase state aid for SUNY Downstate. The ad begins appearing on Thursday, March 13 in two daily newspapers and several Brooklyn-based weekly newspapers.

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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