• Higher education gives the Empire State an economic advantage. From the smallest liberal arts college to the largest university, our business is teaching and research. Collectively, private, not-for-profit colleges and universities annually generate nearly $80 billion in economic activity, and directly and indirectly employ more than 400,000 people.

  • The Independent Sector leads degree completions in the state with a 70.1% six-year graduation rate. Private, not-for-profit colleges and universities award 51% of the bachelor's, 73% of master's, and 79% of doctoral and professional degrees earned in New York State and are the state's leaders in helping students complete their degrees on time.

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Statement from CICU President Mary Beth Labate on New York's Independent Sector commitment to diversity
Jul 11, 2018, 12:57 PM
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Statement from CICU President Mary Beth Labate on the Announcement of Higher Education Capital Matching Grants
Jun 26, 2018, 6:11 PM
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Statement from CICU President on Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon's Education Plan
Jun 13, 2018, 4:19 PM
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