Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz has been appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer to the newly-created New York State Commission on Higher Education. The Commission is charged with identifying ways of improving the quality of higher education in New York.
“It is an honor to have been appointed to the Higher Education Commission by Governor Spitzer,” said Schwarz. “I know the Governor is committed to making New York among the leaders in public higher education and I look forward to working with my colleagues on exploring innovative ways to improve and strengthen our public university system. The results will be well worth our time and commitment.”
The Commission will study the current higher education system and make recommendations about improving access to the state’s public higher education system, expanding its degree programs to reflect state and regional economic development objectives, preparing community college graduates for a smooth transition to four-year institutions and/or obtain high value jobs upon graduation, and enhance the capacity of the state’s university research centers to regain New York’s preeminent status in academic research while providing additional opportunities for high value employment.
The Commission will also make recommendations on how to attract the best and brightest students and faculty and enlisting them in the service of the economic, humanitarian and civic needs of their communities.