Impact of Cuts to Public Higher Education
Feds Agree with PHENOM: Mass. Misused Stimulus Funds
On October 29, the Governor announced mid-year cuts to many areas of state government. Funding for state and community colleges and the University of Massachusetts is being reduced by $62 million, but that funding will be replaced by the use of federal fiscal stimulus funds. While this sounds good, there are still big problems, including: […]
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General issued an “alert memorandum” dated September 2009 which documents loopholes in the federal stimulus law that allowed at least 3 states, including Massachusetts, to violate the intent of the law by cutting rather than increasing spending on public education. This report is, in part, a result of the formal […]
Massachusetts Neglects Its Public Colleges: New Study Documents Meltdown
In case you weren’t convinced that enrollments at community colleges were way up, and that resources are stretched to the breaking point….Bunker Hill Community College is now offering some classes beginning at 11:45 PM and ending at 2:30 AM! More details in this article, Last-Minute Additions, from Inside Higher Education.
Commentary: The New GI Bill
The report demonstrates the downward trend that students and staff at our public colleges have been feeling in their guts as fewer faculty teach larger classes, buildings crumble, and students scramble to make ends meet. “When the state cuts, students are forced to pay more. When students can’t afford to pay more, they drop out and we […]
Students may be eligible for Food Stamps
President Obama explained the rationale this way: “This is not simply a debt that we are repaying to the remarkable men and women who have served — it is an investment in our own country…The first GI Bill paid for itself many times over through the increased revenue that came from a generation of men and […]
PHENOM Files Complaint about Stimulus Funds
PHENOM is supporting the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute’s campaign to publicize eligibility rules for food stamps as they apply to college students. Currently, 1,700 Massachusetts college students receive food stamps, but thousands more may be eligible and not realize it. Please see this fact sheet and check list and help publicize this on your campus, […]
2009 Annual Meeting Minutes
The waiver will allow the state to forgo rules stipulating how the $813 million in education stimulus funding received by the Commonwealth should be spent in the second and third year of the funding. Through the waiver, which was granted Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, the state is no longer bound by stimulus […]
Higher-ed group blasts use of stimulus money
Approximately 42 members of PHENOM attended the Annual Meeting June 6, 2009 at Springfield Technical Community College. Following a get-to-know-each-other icebreaker, members discussed what PHENOM did well this year, what could have been done better, and what we should do next year.
PHENOM Files Federal Complaint Over Use of Mass. Stimulus Money
Higher Education Advocates Protest Use of Stimulus Funds By Peter Schworm, Boston Globe Staff June 4, 2009 A Massachusetts higher education advocacy group filed a federal complaint yesterday against the Patrick administration, contending that state officials are spending stimulus money meant for colleges and universities to bridge the state’s general budget deficit. The Public Higher […]
The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) has filed a formal complaint with the Obama Administration, alleging that Massachusetts is violating the spirit and letter of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) by misusing stimulus money intended for public higher education. The text of the complaint is at the end of this article.