Implementation Update: 2012-2013

NY SUNY 2020 has set in motion a historic transformation at Stony Brook University

New Faculty Hires

  • Increased tuition allowed under NY SUNY 2020 will enable SBU to: 
    • Hire 267 additional faculty members over five years, which will lower the faculty-to-student ratio to bring SBU in line with other AAU institutions;
    • Add course sections to help more students earn degrees in four years. Prior to NY SUNY 2020, many students had problems enrolling in required courses forcing them to pay for additional semesters or summer classes.

  • SBU now has 95 more faculty members on the payroll, thanks to NY SUNY 2020 being passed. Many of these hires are in engineering, business, energy, life sciences and medicine.

  • Through its first interdisciplinary faculty cluster hiring initiative, SBU will soon hire 25 new faculty in Photon Science at the Joint Photon Science Institute (JPSI) – a collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory; Coastal Zone Management and Engineering; Smart Energy Technology; Biomolecular Imaging; and Behavioral Political Economy. These hires are designed to boost research, attract federal and private foundation funding and spur economic development. Hurricane Sandy highlights the critical need for research in Coastal Zone Management and Smart Energy Technology to address Long Island's unique needs.

  • The University is increasing the number of teaching assistants, and will be increasing graduate stipends and investing in increased undergraduate academic support. 

Educating and Retaining Talent in NYS – Investment in SUNY is an Investment in New York’s Future

  • Most SBU students continue to live and work in the New York State after graduation:
    • Eighty-six percent of 2011 SBU graduates with bachelor’s degrees remained in New York State (48 percent on Long Island and 31 percent in New York City).
    • Seventy-nine percent of SBU graduates with Master’s Degrees remained in the state (56 percent on Long Island and 14 percent in New York City).
    • More than half of the students earning doctoral degrees at SBU currently work in New York State.
    • Sixty-six percent of the School of Medicine graduates practice in New York State.   

Increased Financial Aid

  • For the 2011-2012 academic year, under MY SUNY 2020, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) credit in NY SUNY 2020 provided $1.1 million in aid to 6,200 students at SBU.
    • In addition to the statewide TAP credit, the additional tuition revenue from NY SUNY 2020 enabled SBU to create two new financial aid programs – one based on need and the other on merit. SBU’s financial aid offerings are more generous than what is required in the statute and more generous than those offered at other SUNY campuses:
    •  In 2011-12, nearly 4,200 TAP-eligible SBU students received a total of $338,000 in assistance through SBU’s need-based financial aid program. This aid held these students completely harmless from the NY SUNY 2020 tuition increase.
    • For the 2012-2013 academic year, SBU plans to disburse an estimated $680,000 in “hold harmless” aid.
    • In 2011-12, SBU awarded 573 merit-based awards totaling more than $100,000 to students whose family income is between $75,000 and $100,000 a year.
    • During the 2012-2013 academic year, SBU plans to disburse another $100,000 in merit-based awards. 


Advancing Academic Excellence

  • The 2012 freshman class at SBU has an average SAT score of 1236 (up from 1206 in 2009) and a mean high school grade point average of 91.8 (up from 90.9 in 2009).  In 2012, SBU admitted just 41% of its freshman applicants – the 6th lowest among public AAU institutions.

  • Stony Brook University has improved its academic prowess and is ranked:
    • One of the 100 best values in public colleges and universities by Kiplinger;
    • Eighth among public universities with students going on to elite graduate programs by the Wall Street Journal; and
    • One of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education.