There are critics who say that the State University of New York is too big and costly to subsidize the way Albany once did. But the claim that the state doesn't have the money to adequately fund public education is the result of skewed budgetary priorities. The assertion that there are costly redundancies in the programs offered within the 64-campus system is a smoke screen for downsizing efforts. The argument that SUNY is a drain on state coffers, and that students and their parents should pick up the budgetary slack, is a privatization agenda in fiscal-hardship clothing. And all these contentions are a product of the subversion of the traditional thinking about the state university and its role in the state's economy. They gain mainstream acceptance through the steady drumbeat of the fiscally conservative groupthink coming out of Albany. So public support is reduced, aid is cut,... More >>>