- The University at Albany will separate from the College of Nanoscale Engineering following a Tuesday vote by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
- The split was recommended in a report issued late last week by a seven-member group put together by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, and the unanimous decision was that the NanoCollege could not otherwise reach its full potential—which includes raising $500 million in research funds in 2015 and continuing a 1.7 million square foot build-up.
- Some of the group's findings weren't backed up with data, and in her dissent, trustee Cary Staller criticized the report's quality and accused the board of "rewarding bad behavior," suggesting that CNSE head Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, a favorite of state legislators, may end up with more power than other campus presidents.
From the article:
... Without backing up some of its findings with data, the group recommended that, “The existing array of unique and growing corporate and university partnerships now calls for the establishment of a new degree-granting corporate structure within the SUNY system that includes CNSE.” ...