Testimony to Ways and Means Committees February 22, 2010

What if our graduation rates, test scores, and overall educational level improve?  What happens when more students recognize their potential and see higher education as the next logical stepping stone to success?  What will we say to them when they can’t afford to attend college or when our colleges are so full and so under-funded that they […]

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Massachusetts Cuts Higher Education More than Any Other State

Whether you look at the last two years or the last five, Massachusetts has cut funding for public higher education more than any other state.  Over these same time periods, student enrollment has skyrocketed.  In fact, from FY 2008 to 2009, only 4 states saw their student population increase more than ours.  And of course, […]

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For a Great State of Mind: Invest in Public Higher Education

PHENOM is launching an ambitious multi-year grassroots campaign for a dramatic increase in investment in public higher education in Massachusetts.   The goal is to bring Massachusetts up to the national average in state support and down to the average in costs for students.  The campaign will be launched on January 31 at 3:00 PM at UMass Amherst at an […]

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Students Exploited on Health Insurance

PHENOM has endorsed a campaign by the Student Health Organizing Coalition to change this situation, perhaps by allowing students to get coverage through the state Connector Authority’s program of subsidized Commonwealth Care. You can read more in this Boston Globe article. For more information, please contact: Vivian Haime, SHOC Organizer • (617) 320-1669 • vivianhaime@gmail.com

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What the UN Says About Higher Education

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is a United Nations treaty that, among other things, says: “Higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction of free education.”  160 countries have ratified this treaty.  The United States has […]

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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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