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Regents 2008 Board Report

Regent 2008 Board Report: USNY

The Board of Regents and The University of the State of New York

Education Building, Albany NY

The Board of Regents

Established by the New York State Legislature on May 1, 1784, the Regents of The University of the State of New York (USNY) form the oldest, continuous state education entity in America. The Regents are responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the State, presiding over USNY and the New York State Education Department. The Regents are organized into standing committees and subcommittees whose members and chairs are appointed by the Chancellor.

The Board of Regents includes 16 members elected by the State Legislature for five-year terms (there will be 17 members beginning in April of 2009). Twelve (13 in April of 2009) of the Regents represent the State’s judicial districts, one from each district, and four are at-large. They serve without salary.

What We Envision

The Board of Regents envisions a New York in which all people are prepared for citizenship, work and continued learning throughout their lives. We foresee a New York in which gaps in achievement have closed, and the overall level of knowledge and skill among the people matches or exceeds the best in the world. In spite of progress over the last decade, we are far from achieving that vision. And the Board understands that the vision must be dynamic because policy leaders, educators, and other people around the globe are moving as fast as they can to achieve their own version of this vision.

The Board continues to work towards our vision, first articulated at the Education Summit in November 2005, which validated these aims:

  1. Every child will get a good start.
  2. Every child will read by the second grade.
  3. Everyone will complete middle level education ready for high school.
  4. Everyone will graduate from high school ready for work, higher education, and citizenship.
  5. People who begin higher education will complete their programs.
  6. People of all ages who seek more knowledge and skill will have the fullest opportunity to continue their education.
P-16 Education: A Plan for Action:


Last Updated:

April 3, 2009