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Regents 2008 Board Report

Regent 2008 Board Report: USNY (continued)

The University of the State of New York (USNY)

The University of the State of New York is the nation’s most comprehensive and unified educational system. It consists of all elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions, libraries, museums, public broadcasting, archives, professions, Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and other institutions. The University of the State of New York is a broad concept encompassing all the institutions, both public and private, offering education in the State. Unlike any other state, all of these areas are under the care of one board, the Regents. This system gives us a spectacular advantage, providing New Yorkers with the knowledge and skills that are the currency of today’s global economy. We must continue to take full advantage of the opportunities this unique system gives us.

Specifically, USNY includes:

  • More than 7,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools;
  • 248 public and private colleges and universities;
  • 251 proprietary (for-profit) schools;
  • Nearly 7,000 libraries including the New York State Library;
  • 750 Museums including the State Museum;
  • The State Archives;
  • Vocational rehabilitation and other services for adults with disabilities;
  • Special education services for pre-school and school-age children and teenagers;
  • A School for the Blind;
  • A School for the Deaf;
  • 25 public broadcasting facilities, including nine public television stations;
  • Over 100 chartered Psychoanalytical/Psychotherapy Institutes;
  • More than 750,000 professionals practicing in 48 licensed professions; and
  • 240,000 certified public school teachers, counselors, and administrators.
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Last Updated:

April 3, 2009