The State University of New York's second report card -- released Monday -- showed that student graduation and retention rates improved slightly and money spent on research grew between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.
Research funds that were spent increased 4.9 percent to nearly $891.2 million during that time. Spending on research dropped in three of the 10 regions of New York, including the Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley and Western New York. SUNY receives grants for research through a variety of public and private sources. Jobs created through SUNY-sponsored research and related activities increased by 770 to 6,130 positions in 2009-10, but the number of inventions disclosed fell from 320 to 260. The report card, which includes more than 90 performance measures, follows an initial report card released in May and used 2008-09 school year data. The new one uses 2009-10 data and some national statistics. It was released during SUNY's inaugural Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference in Buffalo.