Stenger On Zimpher's Address

By Brandi Bailey

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivered her State of University Address Tuesday afternoon, hoping to make the price of an education worth the hefty price tag.

Her talk surrounded making a bachelor's degree attainable completely online, which Zimpher said would eliminate time in the classroom, and possibly cut costs. The plan will include 10 bachelor degree programs.

Also in 2014, Zimpher is looking to allow more three-year degree programs, making it even easier for students to complete a four-year program in less time.

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger weighed in on the goal.

"Can we do all of these things in one year? Probably not. Can we do a little bit of all of them in one year. Definitely yes," said Stenger.

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

"I think one area where we would have liked to see more emphasis on graduate education and research activities so we're kind of missing that here," said Binghamton University President, Harvey Stenger.

Stenger added universities have a big impact on discovering knowledge and not just delivering it.

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