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Anyone who's followed the NY higher education system knows how big of a deal this is. For decades, it was established that NY had four "university centers" on essentially equal footing and no formally designated flagship school. Well, new governor Hochul said, "to hell with that" and officially proclaimed SBU (along with U Buff) as the flagship schools of New York state, effectively putting us as the Cal/UCLA duo of New York (except I don't think California actually officially designated anything).

To show her dedication to the mission, she gave both SBU and UB $100 million for new academic buildings. It is unclear exactly what this means for sports, but it's an acknowledgement that Stony Brook and Buffalo are the 1a/1b of NY and that Binghamton and Albany are the 3a/3b - a tier below.

In her words, her aim is to "Transform Stony Brook and Buffalo into global research institutions" but "Revitalize Albany and Binghamton as nation-leading research and teaching universities," creating a significant disparity in power as she specifies that SBU and UB will receive more funding due to their new flagship status.

 

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Anyone who's followed the NY higher education system knows how big of a deal this is. For decades, it was established that NY had four "university centers" on essentially equal footing and no formally designated flagship school. Well, new governor Hochul said, "to hell with that" and officially proclaimed SBU (along with U Buff) as the flagship schools of New York state, effectively putting us as the Cal/UCLA duo of New York (except I don't think California actually officially designated anything).

To show her dedication to the mission, she gave both SBU and UB $100 million for new academic buildings. It is unclear exactly what this means for sports, but it's an acknowledgement that Stony Brook and Buffalo are the 1a/1b of NY and that Binghamton and Albany are the 3a/3b - a tier below.

In her words, her aim is to "Transform Stony Brook and Buffalo into global research institutions" but "Revitalize Albany and Binghamton as nation-leading research and teaching universities," creating a significant disparity in power as she specifies that SBU and UB will receive more funding due to their new flagship status.

RIP SUNY Albany and SUNY Binghamton.
 

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Some NY legislators are now asking Governor Hochul to name SUNY Albany and SUNY Binghamton as flagships in order to keep them on an equal footing with SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Stony Brook.
 
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