Jul 08

Legislative Subcommittee Report on Student Loans and Debt

The Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Paul Mark and Sen. Eileen Donoghue, held hearings around the state, at which numerous PHENOM members testified.  While we believe the recommendations in this report are not nearly ambitious enough, the report describes the crisis well and offers some interesting suggestions.  PHENOM hopes to release an independent economic analysis …

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Jul 02

FY 2015 Budget – Good but not Good Enough

We are very pleased that the 2014-15 budget includes an increase in state appropriations for all of the campuses in the Public Higher Education system for the third year in a row.  At UMass, the increase is enough to trigger another year of fee freezes for its five campuses and to reach the 50/50 goal …

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May 27

A Fiery End to Student Debt

A young artist in Chile recently took matters into his own hands and stole and burned up $500 million worth of tuition contracts from the for-profit Universidad del Mar.  This will make it extremely difficult to prove the students’ debt exists.  As explained in this article in the Guardian, this artistic action comes on …

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May 22

PHENOM is hiring!

PHENOM is looking for a passionate advocate for public higher education to be its first Executive Director.  This person would work closely with our PHENOMenal Board as an organizer, fundraiser, and overall coordinator. Please see the job posting, and please forward it to people you think would be interested.

May 16

Online Ed: Teaching Millions or Making Millions?

That’s the title of a snappy new 5-minute video produced by our friends at the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education.  Debunking some of the hype about MOOCs, the viedo shows how for-profit companies overpromise and underdeliver when it comes to the types of students they claim to serve.  The video, and the …

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May 02

Don’t You Wish You Lived in North Dakota

Most states fund public higher education at much lower levels than they did 5 or 10 years ago.  Massachusetts cut state spending per student by 36.3%; only 7 states cut by more than that.  But North Dakota?  Up 38.2%! Check out this graph. Massachusetts has begun to turn things around, with a significant …

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Apr 16

“The Education Department has a profit motive”

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal government will make a profit of $127 billion over the next ten years from lending to college students and their families.  This article in the Huffington Post not only describes the extreme impact on borrowers and the economy as a whole, but outlines some refinancing …

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Mar 07

Free Community College? Try Tennessee!

The Republican Governor of Tennessee has proposed that 2 years of community college or technical school should be free for all students.  Under Governor Haslam’s proposal, free access would not be dependent on grades or finances – think free high school.  Even for students who pay little or nothing, eliminating tuition and fees is financially …

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Feb 10

Higher Ed Advocacy Day – March 5, 2014

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and other advocates for public higher education will be at the State House Wed., March 5 to talk with our legislators.  SIGN UP HERE! Download the beautiful flier! Last year’s Advocacy Day succeeded in winning the best higher education budget in a very very long time …

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Feb 04

Cool Stuff from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) is a national campaign that examines and fights against the corporatization and privatization of public higher education.  4 PHENOM members attended CFHE’s most recent national gathering and came away inspired.  For instance, we learned that Washington, Minnesota and California all had victories similar to …

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