PHENOM Testimony to Ways and Means Committees

FEBRUARY 26, 2013     Most people recognize public higher education as a means of upward mobility for individual Massachusetts residents.  Legislators are also keenly aware that it is a top economic development strategy.   [See this detailed and compelling economic analysis.] Unprecedented cuts to the public higher education system over the last decade have, however, undermined both […]

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Advocacy Day – March 5

Now, this day looms larger than ever in determining the future of public higher education in Massachusetts.  The Governor has made dramatic proposals for reinvesting in our students and our campuses, and he has made a very sensible, progressive proposal how to pay for this investment.  We need to be there to make sure our […]

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Spread the Word!

Read the fall-winter issue of the PHENOM newsletter on your screen, and then let us know if you would like a batch to distribute.  It includes interesting material on adjunct faculty, student debt, State House advocacy, the Quebec student uprising, diversity, and more.

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Fighting for Affordability at UMass Boston

When we think of college affordability, we usually think of tuition and fees.  Fees, in particular, have skyrocketed in Massachusetts and are among the highest in the country.  But there are other costs that drive students into yet another job or further into debt.  UMass Boston recently announced a major increase in the cost of […]

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Students Prepare to Speak Out About the Student Debt Crisis at Holyoke Community College

Average tuition and fees for Massachusetts community colleges are 52% above the national average. Local students struggling to pay the cost are finding themselves deeply in debt, but this Thursday organizers at Holyoke Community College (HCC) are hosting a Student Speak Out on the Student Debt Crisis to address these issues. Community college students face […]

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Writing to our Legislators

800 students at UMass Amherst recently wrote personal letters to their legislators.  The letters told compelling personal stories and asked for increased funding for our campus budgets and for financial aid.  After many hours of late night sorting, the letters were hand delivered by students and PHENOM members, and the entire stack of 800 has […]

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Education for the 99%…November 2…Boston

PHENOM played a major role in organizing the EDUCATION FOR THE 99% action in Boston on November 2.  A major focus of the action was on the Student Debt Crisis. Total outstanding student debt has doubled in the past five years and increases by $1 million every 6 minutes.  Banks are making big profits as […]

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For A Great State of Mind – Invest In Public Higher Education

  For a Great State of Mind is PHENOM’s multi-year grassroots campaign to have Massachusetts dramatically increase its investment in public higher education and lower the costs for students. With the rising cost of tuition and fees, immigrants, the poor, and increasingly the middle class are being squeezed out of higher education, at exactly the same […]

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National Campaign for the Future of Higher Education

  PHENOM is an enthusiastic endorser of a new national Campaign for the Future of Higher Education – CFHE for short.  This grassroots national campaign to support quality higher education was initiated in Los Angeles on January 21, 2011 by leaders of faculty organizations from 21 states.  Several PHENOM members attended this planning meeting

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PHENOM at the State House

Two of PHENOM’s top legislative priorities — tax reform and financial aid — had hearings at the State House in May.  On May 5, PHENOM turned out 50+ people from across the state to show support for An Act to Invest in Our Communities which would generate an additional $1.3 billion per year in revenue for the […]

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