SUNY Agenda: Keeping Education Affordable, Accessible

By Matt Hicks

SUNY Agenda: Keeping Education Affordable, Accessible

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 1:28 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Is a college degree worth the price of tuition?

With several initiatives set for launch within the SUNY system, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher hopes to quash that debate.

In her annual State of the University Address, Zimpher outlined ongoing efforts to make education more available while helping students shrink their debt.

A large part includes an expansion to what SUNY will be offering online, including 10 bachelor's degree programs when the effort Open SUNY launches in 2014, with three-year degree programs to follow.

SUNY also hopes to have its Smart Track in place on all campuses to make sure students are fully educated about their own financial aid options.

By 2015, Zimpher plans to establish the SUNY Innovation Hub, which will work with the regional economic development councils to promote research along with academic and workforce training.

Zimpher said an educated workforce is key to rebuilding the economy.