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University at Buffalo
The current provost of UB is the SUNY chancellor's choice to head the school, according to the Buffalo News' sources.

Dr. Satish K.Triphathi is set to be recommended for the presidency of the University at Buffalo.  The school's provost is getting the nod from SUNY's chancellor Nancy Zimpher and is likely to be confirmed at the next meeting of the SUNY board, reports Tom Precious at the Buffalo News:

In the meantime, [SUNY chancellor Nancy] Zimpher this morning has given Tripathi the title of Officer-in-Charge, which hands over the legal authority to him to make decisions as if he were the campus president, said sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Tripathi, a native of India, is one of the architects of the UB2020 plan, which is embroiled in state budget talks at the Capitol. It seeks a number of financial changes -- including ability to raise tuition on some students and expanded rights for deals with private companies -- to raise money to bring thousands of jobs to downtown Buffalo with its development plan.

Meanwhile, WKBW News reports that UB2020 could be dead:

UB 2020 is not included in any budget proposal from the Governor, Senate or Assembly. It's the latest set back in a plan that is supposed to pump billions of dollars into the Western New York community. It would also allow UB to have more control over tuition money and spark a massive campus expansion.

That comes this morning, about half a day after Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told Tom Precious at the Buffalo News that "we're commited to it."  This is one to watch as budget negotiations come down to the wire in days leading up to the April 1 deadline.

Binghamton University

The thus-far-unsuccessful search for a new president for Binghamton University has cost the school more than $170,000, reports Jon Campbell at the Press & Sun-Bulletin.  The school is in the midst of restarting the search after the candidates it sent to Zimpher were rejected (and after several withdrew):

The university's fundraising branch -- the Binghamton University Foundation -- paid out $108,333 to national search firm Isaacson Miller Inc., which assisted in finding candidates for the vacant position, BU spokeswoman Gail Glover said Wednesday. The remaining $62,671 went toward travel and accommodations for candidates and the university's search committee, which conducted three-and-a-half days of interviews in Syracuse and hosted five finalists at BU's Vestal campus.

Roberts Wesleyan

Roberts Wesleyan College outside Rochester is joining the march to capitalize on the growing need for professionals with health information degrees.  The school is adding an online masters in health IT, reports Nate Dougherty at the Rochester Business Journal:

The program will be led by John Schrenker, the former chief information officer for Lakeside Health System/Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. “What makes this program unique is that it blends the technical knowledge of a medical informatics degree with the leadership skills of a health administration degree,” Schrenker said.

Cornell

Berkeley economist David Card spoke at Cornell yesterday, telling the School of Industrial and Labor Relations that "immigration in the United States has no impact on wages."  Yi-Ke Peng reports at the Ithaca Journal that Card's address focused immigration, and its positive impact on the economy:

Economists do not view immigrants in terms of competition anyway, but rather as increased labor supply, and in theory, the supply of jobs adjusts accordingly with the supply of workers, since an enlarged labor force raisesthe productivity of capital, leads firms to invest more and in turn creates more jobs, Card explained. Research has shown over and over again that immigration does not alter wages, he said. For example, Card's study on the Mariel Boatlift, which in 1980 added 75,000 very low-skill Cuban workers to Miami almost overnight, showed that nothing happened to the wages and employment rates of low-skilled native workers.

RIT

Tuition is going up 4.3 percent at the Rochester Institute of Technology, reports the Democrat and Chronicle

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