Working Paper on Free Community College
PHENOM and the State Budget
Working Paper: Making Free Community College a Reality Community college should be free for all, and the rollout process should begin immediately. Governor Deval Patrick has endorsed free community college as a goal, and his Readiness Commission reaffirmed that commitment. Yet neither has proposed concrete steps to achieve the objective. This report explains why community college should be […]
Fighting to Restore State Taxes
Over the past few weeks PHENOM mobilized hundreds of people to try to influence the House budget. We urged Representatives to increase revenues and to increase need-based financial aid. We were partly successful, and now the focus is on the Senate.
Successful Rally and Lobby Day
The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) is strongly urging Massachusetts legislators to increase taxes in order to avoid the massive cuts facing education, social services, and other essential government functions. PHENOM is specifically endorsing Amendment 561 filed in the House by Representatives Gloria Fox and Alice Wolf. This amendment would raise the state sales tax […]
Press Release about Stimulus Announcement
April 8 was a chilly day in Boston, but temperatures around the Boston Common and State House rose noticeably with the energy of PHENOM’s rally, march, and legislative visits. See video at abc40tv.com 300 people (mostly students) rallied, marched, and advocated for PHENOM’s 2009 agenda
Public Higher Ed Day! – April 8, 2009
PHENOM’s Response to Governor Patrick’s Announcement of Stimulus Money for Public Higher Education PHENOM applauds Governor Patrick’s announcement of $324 million in stimulus money for public higher education over the next two years. PHENOM was active in lobbying to include funding of public higher education in the federal legislation, and has been informing campus and legislative […]
Call-In Day a Success
The April 8 Rally and State House Day for Public Higher Education will be PHENOM’s biggest event ever. The theme: “Now, More than Ever, Is the Time to Invest in Public Higher Education”. You see it every day on your campus and in your community: Fewer people are working; more people are applying to public colleges; yesterday’s […]
PHENOM’s new interim Development and Administrative Director!
Close to 1,000 people made calls to their legislators and the Governor on or about February 26 — with several more campuses planning to hold their call-in day at a later time. Our messages were simple, loud, and clear: Now more than ever — this is the time to invest in public higher education!
White Paper: The Affordability Crisis in MA Public Higher Ed
Welcome to Ravi Khanna, PHENOM’s new interim Development and Administrative Director! Ravi was hired on January 23 after a thorough search and interviews with 4 outstanding candidates. Ravi will work primarily on fundraising so that PHENOM can expand its scope and pursue the ambitious agenda required in these times of great difficulty and great opportunity. […]
White Paper: Advancing Public Higher Education in MA
In today’s world, for anyone hoping to prosper, college is not a luxury but a necessity. Unfortunately, students are increasingly being priced out of higher education, including public higher education. Many can attend our public colleges only because they or their parents are making great personal sacrifices: As the New York Times Magazine recently noted, […]
This is the paper that led to PHENOM’s founding. It was read by Governor-Elect Patrick and discussed by him with a group of students, union leaders and administrators on December 1, 2006. Hundreds of people then heard him say that he would be “a champion for public higher education.” 100 people participated in breakout sessions […]