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Encyclopedia > University of the State of New York
University of the State of New York
Motto* Excelsior
"Ever higher"
Established 1784
President R P Mills
Chancellor R M Bennett
Vice-Chancellor A L Sanford
Location All over the State of New York
Homepage http://www.nysed.gov/
*This motto is the motto which appears on the University Seal

The University of the State of New York (USNY; acronym usually pronounced "USE-nee") is the governmental umbrella organization of the US state of New York which is responsible for most institutions and much of the personnel that are in any way connected to formal educational functions (public and private) in New York State. USNY was established in 1784 to provide oversight to King's College (today known as Columbia University). A Board of Regents oversees USNY. The Board of Regents includes 16 members elected by the New York State Legislature for five-year terms. Twelve of the Regents represent the State's 12 judicial districts (one appointed from each district), and four are at-large. The Regents serve without salary. One of such programs established is called, Regents College of USNY (made independent as Excelsior College in 2001). 1784 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations formed from the initial letter or letters of words, such as NATO and XHTML, and are pronounced in a way that is distinct from the full pronunciation of what the letters stand for. ... An umbrella organization is an association of (often related, industry specific) institutions, who work together formally to coordinate activities or pool resources. ... US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... Columbia University is a private university in New York City. ... Excelsior College is a private college located in Albany, New York, USA. The college traces its origin to 1971, a public funded school. ... Excelsior College is a private college located in Albany, New York, USA. The college traces its origin to 1971, a public funded school. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Today, USNY's affiliation and oversight is very broad. USNY includes more than 7,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools; approximately 250 public and private colleges and universities; another approximately 250 proprietary (for-profit) schools; nearly 7,000 libraries; about 750 museums; and 25 public broadcasting facilities. Also included is the State Archives; a special school for the blind and another special school for the deaf; as well as vocational rehabilitation and special education services. Additionally, USNY has the affiliation of, and oversight for, more than half a million professionals practicing in 45 licensed professions such as AICPA, as well as 200,000 public certified school teachers, counselors, and administrators. Certain education-related institutions (such as most museums) could exist in New York State without being part of USNY; however, as an example, most museums in New York State choose to be part of USNY (i.e., be chartered by the Board of Regents) in order to get things like tax-exempt nonprofit status. The term public school has different meanings: In England and Wales, one of a small number of prestigious historic schools open to the public which normally charge fees and are financed by bodies other than the state, commonly as private charitable trusts; here the word public is used much as... Private schools are schools not administered by local or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public funds. ... Primary or elementary education consist of the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Japanese high school students in uniform Secondary education is a period of education which follows directly after primary education (such as intermediate school or elementary school), and which may be followed by tertiary or post-secondary education. ... For alternate meanings see state university (disambiguation). ... Private schools are schools not administered by local or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public funds. ... A college (Latin collegium) can be the name of any group of colleagues; originally it meant a group of people living together under a common set of rules (con-, together + leg-, law). As a consequence members of colleges were originally styled fellows and still are in some places. ... A professor teaching in a university A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... Modern-style library In its traditional sense, a library is a collection of books and periodicals. ... A museum is typically a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of study, education enjoyment, the tangible and intangible evidence of people and their environment. ... Note: broadcasting is also the old term for hand sowing. ... Blindness can be defined physiologically as the condition of lacking sight. ... This article is about hearing impairment in the patholocial sense. ... Vocational education prepares learners for certain careers or professions, which are traditionally non-academic and directly related to a trade, occupation or vocation in which the learner participates. ... Rehabilitation is the restoration of lost capabilities, or the treatment aimed at producing it. ... Special education (Also known as special ed, SPED or defectology) refers euphemistically to the teaching of students with a learning disability, a developmental disability or a behavioral problem, or to that of gifted children. ... A profession is a specialized work function within society, generally performed by a professional. ... The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is a self-regulatory organization of certified public accountants (CPAs) in the U.S.. The AICPA authors the CPA exam and is a major organization to develop generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) along with SEC, FASB, and GASB. It is a major...

Closely allied with USNY is the New York State Education Department (NYSED), created at the behest of former New York Governor (and former US President) Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. The relationship between USNY and NYSED can be unclear to many, including many in New York State. However, the best way to explain it is that USNY has, as a subordinate unit, NYSED, including NYSED's various administrative personnel — furthermore, the various schools, colleges, libraries, museums, teachers, etc. of USNY form constituent units of USNY, whereas NYSED forms a constituent and subordinate component of USNY. USNY, through its Board of Regents, generally uses NYSED as a vehicle to carry out policy created by the Regents. In other words, USNY's Board of Regents generally creates policy, whereas NYSED generally administers policy. The Board of Regents elect a Commissioner of Education, who acts as the head of NYSED. Clarifying further, the Board of Regents are New York State's chief creators of education policy; the Commissioner of Education is New York State's chief education administrator. The New York State Legislature can also create some education policy; such statutory education policy would become official education policy that the Commissioner of Education would also be responsible for administering. Order: 26th President Vice President: Charles Warren Fairbanks Term of office: September 14, 1901 – March 3, 1909 Preceded by: William McKinley Succeeded by: William Howard Taft Date of birth: October 27, 1858 Place of birth: New York City Date of death: January 6, 1919 Place of death: Oyster Bay, New...

The New York State Constitution and state education law declare the Regents the "head" of the Education Department, but the Commissioner of Education (again, appointed by the Regents) is "president" of the University — that is, chief executive officer of the state's education system. The Board of Regents elects a chancellor, who presides over the Regents' meetings and appoints its committees.

USNY can also issue honorary degrees; the honorary degrees that can be issued come from an established list contained in Rules of the Board of Regents ("Regents Rules"). USNY also has the power to directly issue (as opposed to through some other institution) diplomas, certificates, and degrees. Today, for a variety of reasons, USNY directly issues diplomas to individuals meeting graduation requirements at several postsecondary institutions in New York State. Regents exams were established by the Regents and first administered in 1865. All high school students, the only exception being special need students, must now take and pass the Regents exams for graduation. An Honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum) is a degree awarded to someone by an institution that he or she may have never attended, it may be a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree - however, the latter is most common. ...

Not to be confused with USNY is the State University of New York (SUNY), which is one of New York State's systems of public higher education (the other such system being the City University of New York [CUNY]). The various SUNY (and CUNY) units are all part of USNY. However, the power of SUNY and CUNY units to grant degrees and certificates exist by mandate of the State Legislature; a private college or university in New York State would be allowed to grant degrees and/or certificates by virtue of a charter granted by the USNY Board of Regents. Yet, any specific degree/certificate programs offered by any particular higher education institution in New York State must be registered (i.e., accredited), on behalf of the Regents, by NYSED before the particular institution may offer such program or programs. The State University of New York (acronym SUNY; usually pronounced SOO-nee) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ... The City University of New York (CUNY; acronym usually pronounced kyoo-nee or coo-nee), located in New York City, is the largest urban university in the United States, with more than 208,000 enrolled in degree programs and another 208,000 enrolled in adult and continuing education courses at...

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  • University of the State of New York/New York State Education Department

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