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Oct 13, 2009

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UUP President testifies before task force


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UUP President Phil Smith testified in New York on Oct. 9 before the Governor’s Task Force on Diversifying the New York Economy through Industry – Higher Education Cooperation. Listening to Smith’s testimony are task force members, from left, Julie Shimer, president and CEO of Welch Allyn; David Smith, president of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse; and Richard Daines, state health commissioner.

Smith testified that during the past 20 years, the focus on SUNY’s research and technology has been overemphasized.

“Viewed from our perspective, the value of the State University to the state’s economy is far greater than its role in research and technology – as important as that is,” Smith said.

But Smith stressed in order for the state to grow economically, there needs to be a balance that includes expanding access and improving academic quality.

“We certainly agree that university/industry affiliations are important to both the University’s reputation and the state’s economic growth,” Smith testified, “But there needs to be more of a balanced approach. The University needs to reaffirm its original emphasis on teaching and learning.”


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