Impact of Cuts to Public Higher Education

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: […]

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Feds Agree with PHENOM: Mass. Misused Stimulus Funds

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 […]

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Midnight Classes?!

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.

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Massachusetts Neglects Its Public Colleges: New Study Documents Meltdown

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 […]

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Commentary: The New GI Bill

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 […]

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Students may be eligible for Food Stamps

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, […]

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2009 Annual Meeting Minutes

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.

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Higher-ed group blasts use of 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 […]

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PHENOM Files Federal Complaint Over Use of Mass. Stimulus Money

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.

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