Statewide Plan for Higher Education

The Statewide Plan for Higher Education 2012-2020 PDF Image Icon    

For the 2012-2020 Statewide Plan for Higher Education, the Regents adopted the following commitment: New York State is a world leader in education. Working together in a highly effective higher education system, the State’s colleges and universities – public, independent and proprietary – will demonstrate even greater leadership during the first decades of the 21st Century to continue to advance the educational and economic needs of the State and its people.

Section 237 of the Education Law establishes the purposes of master planning under the Regents responsibility. The Regents are required to create a master plan for higher education. This plan is called the “Statewide Plan for Higher Education.” Master planning for higher education in New York State should:

  • Define and differentiate the missions and objectives of higher education.
  • Identify the needs, problems, societal conditions and interests of the citizens of the State of New York to which programs of higher education may most appropriately be addressed.
  • Define and differentiate the missions and objectives of institutions of higher education.
  • Develop programs to meet the needs, solve the problems, affect the conditions and respond to the public’s interests by:
    • Setting goals.
    • Describing the time required to meet those goals.
    • Identifying the resources needed to achieve the goals.
    • Establishing priorities.
  • Be in sufficient detail to enable all participants in the planning process, representatives of the people and the citizens themselves to evaluate the needs, objectives, program proposals, priorities, costs and results of higher education.
  • Optimize the use of resources.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness.

Statewide Plan Reference Documents

  • Public Hearings on the Draft Statewide Plan for Higher Education

On November 29, 2012 in New York City at the City University of New York Graduate Center and on December 3, 2012 in Buffalo at the University of Buffalo's Center for Tomorrow, the Board of Regents held Public Hearings on the 2012-2020 Statewide Plan for Higher Education.  The Hearing Panel included Chancellor Meryl Tisch, Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett, Regent Charles Bendit, Commissioner John King and Deputy Commissioner John D'Agati.   The Public Hearing Notification   External Link Image Icon

New York's Post-Secondary Education Sector

New York State has two major degree-granting public university systems: the State University of New York (64 campuses) and The City University of New York (19 colleges). There are also 147 independent (not-for-profit) colleges and universities and 40 proprietary (for-profit) colleges. In addition to degree-granting institutions, New York has many non-degree postsecondary institutions that provide job-based training. New York's colleges and universities operate 326 main and branch campuses and nearly 1,900 other locations (including many of the State’s high schools).


As of fall 2011, New York's colleges and universities’ total headcount enrollment tallied 1,274,778 students (including 1,028,486 undergraduates, 211,007 graduates, and 35,285 first-professional degree students). More than 31,000 programs of study are registered at New York's 270 colleges and universities.

for Further Information contact

Stanley S. Hansen Jr, Executive Director

Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs

New York State Education Department
Room 969, Education Building Addition
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 486-5202

(518) 474-7468 FAX
E-mail: kiap@mail.nysed.gov

Last Updated: October 28, 2013