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For Immediate Release
January 22, 2018

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson's State of SUNY address

"We applaud Chancellor Johnson for her call to hire more full-time faculty at SUNY, and for recognizing this long-standing problem.

"Massive state budget cuts during the Great Recession caused a significant loss of full-time, tenure-track faculty at SUNY. At the turn of the century, SUNY employed more than 10,000 full-time faculty to instruct 185,000 students. Today, there are just more than 8,000 full-time, tenure-track faculty to teach more than 222,000 students. Due to inadequate resources, campuses have been forced to rely on hard-working part-time academic faculty for instruction to fill the gaps.

"UUP looks forward to working closely with the chancellor on this important initiative.

"UUP embraces the chancellor’s vision for SUNY, which includes focusing on increasing diversity among SUNY faculty and staff, expanding research, reducing SUNY’s carbon footprint by using zero net carbon energy sources, and supporting the creation of a system-wide endowment fund."

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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