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January 20, 2011

Alan Davis in the News – Comments on the 2011 State of the University Address

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jan. 20, 2011) State University of New York Empire State College President Alan R. Davis was quoted in today’s Times Union(Albany), Daily Gazette (Schenectady) and by the Gannett News Service.

Davis attended SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher's first 'State of the University' address held yesterday in The Egg's Swyer Theatre in Albany and he spoke to the media after the event.

Chancellor Zimpher outlined three critical steps to help close the gap between state support and a competitive SUNY: Create partnerships with the private sector, implement a fair and equitable tuition policy and to partner with the governor and state comptroller to cut red tape.

She also indentified reforms to be implemented to make SUNY more efficient. These reforms include performance-based resource allocation and streamlining operations through shared services.

Gannett publications, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Elmira Star-Gazette, the Press and Sun Bulletin and the Ithaca Journal all carried the story on the "State of the University" address.

The president's quotes are listed below with links to the full article.

Times Union (Albany)

Alan Davis, president of Empire State College, SUNY's distance-learning institution, said his school is already looking for alternative ways to raise money than from taxpayers.

"We have to get busy getting our funds through grants and other ways," he said (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Chief-SUNY-key-to-40-000-jobs-966985.php).

Photo of Davis 8th of 8: http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Chief-SUNY-key-to-40-000-jobs-966985.php

Daily Gazette (Schenectady)

Empire State College President Alan Davis also liked Zimpher's message of partnerships. The college has a partnership with Hudson River Community Credit Union on programs for continuing education designed for busy working adults.

Another key is online learning and Empire State College is one of the biggest online education institutions in the state, according to Davis. Sometimes students take courses both online and in person. It also has agreements with community colleges allowing students to transfer credits to Empire State College.

"Our whole approach is to break down any of the barriers that may constrict someone in continuing their education," he said.

With the competitive grant program, Zimpher is challenging SUNY to do its job better and more efficiently, Davis said. Having the campuses work together is essential.

"It's very clear that in a global knowledge economy we live in you have to have a well-educated workforce that has access to lifelong learning. I think SUNY collectively as a whole can do that better than each campus trying to reinvent the wheel," he said.

http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/jan/19/120_suny/

Gannett News Service:

Alan Davis, president of Empire State College, said the performance-based funding plan is in its early stages. The approach is widely used across higher education, he said.

"The campuses are actually quite diverse and they all have different mandates and different approaches, so the question is to be fair to the campuses in how they're addressing particular problems that they've been told to address and how you reward them for achieving those goals," he said.

Ithaca Journal

Press and Sun Bulletin

Elmira Star-Gazette

Poughkeepsie Journal

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor's and master's degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000-strong alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and military, and more. Many take leadership in advocacy of open and state public education, such as that offered by the State University of New York.

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