Working Paper on Free Community College

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 […]

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PHENOM and the State Budget

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.

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Fighting to Restore State Taxes

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 […]

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Successful Rally and Lobby Day

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

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Press Release about Stimulus Announcement

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 […]

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Public Higher Ed Day! – April 8, 2009

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 […]

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Call-In Day a Success

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!

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PHENOM’s new interim Development and Administrative Director!

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.  […]

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White Paper: The Affordability Crisis in MA Public Higher Ed

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, […]

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