Professor Benton authored the CUNY University Faculty Senate study on the “faculty gap” which is available online: https://ufsbac.commons.gc.cuny.edu/. The study found that, between 2003 and 2019 in senior colleges, SUNY’s faculty positions grew almost twice as fast as enrollment, while CUNY’s enrollments grew three times faster than CUNY’s faculty positions. As a result, in 2019 the SUNY senior college ratio of faculty per thousand full-time equivalent students was 44% higher than CUNY’s ratio. The study also found that in NY state’s publicly funded (SUNY and CUNY) senior colleges in 2019, white students had substantially greater opportunities for full-time faculty instruction, compared to Black and Hispanic students. Professor Benton will provide updated statistics and explore how $53 million in FY 2022 investments in SUNY and CUNY faculty positions could affect these findings. Are we narrowing the “faculty gap” and are we improving minority student opportunities for access to full-time faculty instruction.