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2016-2017 Academic Excellence & Success Fee


The SUNY Board of Trustees authorized the implementation of the Academic Excellence and Success Fee at University Centers, including Stony Brook, beginning Spring 2012, to provide financial resources necessary for building and maintaining quality academic and student success programs and to support NYSUNY2020.

The Academic Excellence and Success Fee is assessed to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students. The fee is prorated for part time enrollment.

See State University of New York (SUNY) Policy 7804

Student Benefits/Impacts

  • The revenue from the Academic Excellence and Success Fee is an integral financial element in Stony Brook's NYSUNY 2020 plan. The fee will be used to address issues with undergraduate student retention and performance, which will help lead to more timely attainment of every student's degree objective and a higher quality educational experience. In addition, the fee will be used to expand the excellence of our graduate, medical, and health sciences educational programs.

    It involves multiple components on the provostial side: (1) expanding our established academic success and tutoring center for undergraduate students, (2) maintaining enhanced academic & transfer advising for undergraduate students, (3) maintaining expanded financial aid services, (4) providing additional instructional support, (5) increasing the number of graduate teaching assistants, (6) attracting better quality graduate teaching assistants by increasing the base stipend, (7) creation of an Online Academics office, (8) Creation of an Office of Academic Assessment & Accreditation and (9) allocating funds to Special Program Student Support.

    The plan also contains some unique features specifically for our medical and health sciences schools: (10) expanding the clinical skills center to all the health sciences students, (11) establishing smart classrooms and basic overhaul of the classroom facilities, (12) building a learning communities program for our medical students, (13) adding instructional support for basic science courses, (14) enhancing diversity and (15) adding additional other academic support.

Contact Info

Office of the Provost
407 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1401
Phone: 631-63 2-7000
Fax: 631-63 2-7112

Office of the Senior Vice President, Health Services
Health Services Tower, Level 4, Room 183
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8430
Phone: 631-44 4-7504
Fax: 631-44 4-8494

Specific Initiatives 

FY16-17 Academic Excellence & Success Fee

Provost Plan and HSC Plan

Total Dollars

  1. Academic Success & Tutoring Center $300,000

    We have established a centralized Academic Success and Tutoring Center that will be able to provide upwards of 32,000 hours of individualized academic support annually to our undergraduate students. While there are currently pockets of academic support provided by academic departments and residence halls, this Center will complement those and represent the first time we will be offering these critical services within a centralized location and academic structure. In the center top performing undergraduate and graduate students will provide the bulk of direct services. We will require a minimal professional staff and some computer infrastructure for the students providing the service. The first phase of this center will require hiring of a director and assistant director, as well as partial funding for students tutors, with second phase to include additional tutoring specialists and staff. The funding for student tutors, which represents more than half of the investment, will flow back to students as compensation for providing these services.

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  2. Enhanced Academic & Transfer Services $320,000

    Due to the significant reduction in available funding the ratio of students to academic advisors has significantly increased over the past years. While there are differences between undergraduate areas (in academic advising the ratio is 1 advisor: 950 students) the overall ratio for undergraduates is 1 advisor: 500 students. Funds support three new advisors, including one on Engineering, which will improve the overall ratio of students to advisors, as well as support the continued replacement of advisors given shrinking state support.

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  3. Expanded Financial Aid Services $375,000

    The Stony Brook NYSUNY 2020 programs calls for expanding the financial aid to mediate the impact of the projected tuition increases. In addition, NYSUNY 2020 calls for an annual increase of the enrollment by 1.2% per year. We have added 4 full time professional employees, and funds also support the continued replacement of advisors given shrinking state support.

  4. Instructional Support $1,400,000

    Our initiatives designed to improve the retention and graduation rates, while simultaneously increasing overall enrollments by 1.2% per year, will require that we provide a significant number of additional seats in high demand first year courses in the general education (DEC) program. The resources budgeted here support high needs engineering faculty, ESL and writing instructors, undergraduate lab staff, and faculty in other high demand areas such as economics and business.

  5. Additional Teaching Assistants $1,600,000

    We have increased the number of graduate student TA positions by 90 which enabled us to add about 180 sections, significantly increasing the number of laboratory sections in high demand introductory science courses. Graduate student lines were selectively added to further the excellence of our top graduate programs by recruiting more first year graduate students. This supports the increase of faculty in these areas, which is made possible by the NYSUNY 2020 program.

  6. Increased graduate student stipends $1,700,000

    We have increased the minimum stipend level by $2,000 to $17,145 in 2013-14, which has made us more competitive as we vie with other institutions for higher quality graduate students. Higher quality graduate students will enhance the quality of our graduate programs and provide better instructional and research support to the campus.

  7. Online Academics $250,000

    Funds have been used to create an online office and annual set up funds to convert high demand courses to online/hybrid versions in coordination with DoIT. The ability to serve more students online does not mean that quality is sacrificed as evidenced by several courses that we have already converted to online offerings, including introductory Physics and Biology courses, which are gateway courses to several high demand undergraduate degrees.

  8. Academic Assessment & Accreditation $175,000

    Excellence at a major research university requires Middle States accreditation of the institution as well as in the schools of Business, Journalism and ongoing investment in program review and assessment. We have created an Office of Academic Assessment charged with this that will maintain the data and review of programs that we need in order to continue our support of academic excellence. Funds support a director, analysts, annual accreditation fees and support for EAB (Education Advisory Board).

  9. Special Program Student Support $100,000

    Funds here support program expenses for EOP (Pell support, People of Color conference), University Scholars, and the freshman experience (first year book, speaker support).

  10. Clinical Skills Center $632,200

    The Clinical Skills Center (CSC) at Stony Brook is a state-of-the-art training center that can be used as a resource for specialized training of physicians, other healthcare professionals as well as medical and healthcare students. In the Center, participants evaluate, diagnose and treat patients through teaching modules that incorporate the use of actor patients and computerized mannequins that simulate disease. The CSC provides opportunities for hands on training in a safe environment. Prior to FY13/14, the CSC was almost exclusively for the use of the medical students. These funds have allowed CSC to add the necessary personnel and space to accommodate additional training modules, new mannequins and several additional healthcare students.

  11. Enhance the HS Classrooms $523,700

    The classroom facilities at the Health Sciences Center lag behind those found at peer institutions. Although the lecture halls (six large rooms) are well equipped, most smaller, general use teaching facilities lack basic AV support. The blackboards, chairs, lighting and other resources are original to the building do not support today's technologies or teaching styles. The computer rooms in the Library are being updated and renovated which will be vital for testing for all Health Science and School of Medicine Students.

  12. Building Learning Communities $250,000

    The Learning Community (LC) is a community-based approach to learning: encouraging meaningful student interaction and small-group learning as well as peer-group evaluation and feedback mechanisms that help students develop a team-based investigative approach to the practice of medicine; allowing students to build formal four-year mentoring relationships with SB faculty as well as encouraging a continuous exchange of ideas between students and faculty members through informal and social events.

  13. Additional Instructional support for Basic Science Courses $435,000

    In order to handle the growing demand for basic science courses we have increased the number of instructional support by eight junior instructors. The demand is due to an increasing number of health sciences school requiring certain basic science courses as a prerequisite for admission into some of their programs while other basic science courses are incorporated into their actual curriculum. It has also allowed us to add additional course sections and expanded course selections. In addition, new iPad Air 2 and software are being purchased to switch from printed materials to guide lab dissection that will offer much greater flexibility in course materials including customization of laboratory instruction.

  14. Health Science Office of Diversity $200,000

    The newly formed Health Science Office of Diversity will work towards increasing the recruitment and retention of outstanding individuals of color in all Health Sciences Schools. The office will also augment the counseling efforts for students of color who seek a career in the Health Sciences.

  15. Other Academic Support $30,000

    The school of medicine will provide travel awards to students to attend local and national conferences.


Is the Academic Excellence and Success Fee part of the Comprehensive Fee?
The Academic Excellence and Success Fee is not a part of the "bundled" Comprehensive Fee, however is considered a "broad-based fee." Broad based fees are generally charged to all enrolled students to finance discrete activities that benefit the student body, excluding those activities that are a part of the core instructional program.

Is this fee included in the Broad-based Fee Student Consultation?
Yes. During the student consultation, there are many ways to become involved (Student Advisory Groups, Stony Brook online feedback form, USG and GSO). Students have the opportunity to express thoughts regarding any of the broad-based fees at any time.

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