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Letters: SUNY displacing New York students

Today, fewer than 5 percent of the rapes

Today, fewer than 5 percent of the rapes of college women are reported to law enforcement. And, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only 16 percent of female student victims of rape and sexual assault received assistance from a victim services agency. Credit: iStock

In response to "World comes to LI for college" [News, July 5], SUNY has made it big business to recruit outside of New York, so the system can profit from the extra tuition from foreign and out-of-state students. But what's the cost to New York students and families?

This practice is wrong. When Gov. Nelson Rockefeller expanded SUNY, it was so New York students could further their educations and New York could keep its educated residents. Today, students find it harder to enter SUNY colleges.

One reason SUNY costs continue to rise is that many deans and program directors don't have backgrounds in management or business. This needs to be corrected.

Taxpayers' money should not be supporting non-New York residents.

Mary Waters, Hauppauge

One person quoted said that international students bring diversity to a university. I agree -- provided that the students are somewhat distributed throughout the university's programs.

At least at Stony Brook, where I taught a graduate-level database course for two semesters, this is not necessarily so. Each class had about 45 students, and 90 percent of them were Asian.

I've heard that the same applies to the math program. A non-Asian man who received his master's degree in math from Stony Brook told me that he felt isolated and excluded. This is not diversity!

Virginia C. Wilch, East Setauket

I believe everyone appreciates the positive effect of diversity in our colleges, but when the percentage of foreigners and out-of-state students results in many New York State students being excluded from these schools, something must change!

I've been paying state taxes for more than 50 years, and my grandchildren have begun paying state taxes as working high school students. Now as they and their friends search for SUNY colleges, they are being told that certain ones, such as Stony Brook, are impossible to get into!

Newsday's story pointed out the revenue advantages of accepting foreigners and out-of-state students, but the prime role of our state schools should be to educate the students of New York, not to make money at the expense of those students.

Julian Esposito, Levittown