OHE

Office of Higher Education

Measuring Up 2008

To:

Chief Executive Officers of Institutions of Higher Education in New York State

From: Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Deputy Commissioner of P16: Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education and Office of Higher Education
Date:

2008

Subject:

Measuring Up 2008

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released the 2008 edition of Measuring Up, the Center’s biennial National Report Card on Higher Education in the 50 states. Measuring Up 2008 assesses the states in the areas of preparation, participation in higher education, affordability of higher education, college graduation, benefits of higher education, and assessment of learning.

Unfortunately, this important report contains inaccuracies regarding higher education costs in New York State. Measuring Up gave 49 states a grade of "F" for affordability, including New York. However, New York's system of public and private colleges and universities has a proven record of providing access to higher education with financial aid targeted to students based upon family income. In response to the report, Governor David Paterson, Commissioner Richard Mills, SUNY Chancellor John Clark, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, and Abraham Lackman, President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities joined together to urge the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education to change the judgment criteria for the Measuring Up report card of college affordability to more accurately reflect state support for the real costs and resources required to attend college anywhere in the nation. Their statement can be found on the Web at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/press/MeasuringUp.htm.

I would be pleased to hear from you regarding Measuring Up 2008 and would be happy for the Department to address any questions you might have.

Last Updated: April 19, 2012