Free Public Higher Education – How It’s Done Elsewhere

An important article in “Inside Higher Ed” discusses how and why Germany is abandoning its experiment with charging tuition fees to college students. The state and federal governments are making up for lost revenue by increasing funding. The German Education Union argues that higher education is a human right — a belief enshrined in the […]

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Big Budget Boost May Lead to Fee Freeze

The House Ways and Means budget, released on April 10, would increase funding for public higher education by $110 million, the same amount proposed by Governor Patrick.  This would be the largest increase to campus operating budgets in many years.  The increase to UMass would be enough, over two years, to get to “50-50” — […]

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The Big Shift: Who Pays for Public Higher Education

This chart shows very clearly how the cost of educating students in Massachusetts public colleges and universities has been shifted from the state to the students and their families.  This has happened at the same time that there has been growing recognition that higher education is a public good – that it benefits our entire […]

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Advocacy Day a Huge Success

600+ students, faculty and staff from around the state came to the State House March 5 to advocate for a dramatic increase in funding for public higher education, AND progressive tax increases to pay for it.  Governor Patrick addressed the group, saying “we cannot reform our way to an affordable higher education system” and that […]

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3 Proposals for Funding Public Higher Education

PHENOM belongs to the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) .  At a recent news briefing, three scholars representing faculty across the U.S. strongly advocated for a change in state and federal funding of public higher ed. Their request— stop capitulating to a dysfunctional NEW NORMAL — was directed at politicians and administrative […]

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Governor to Speak at Higher Ed Advocacy Day – Sign Up Now!

Governor Patrick (along with passionate and articulate students) will address what promises to be a record-setting crowd at this year’s Public Higher Education Day of Advocacy on March 5.  Sign up now.! Stay tuned for a lobby training video as well as in-person trainings on many campuses.  Each campus is arranging transportation.  Please write to […]

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Details of Governor’s Higher Ed and Tax Proposals

Thanks, as always to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, for their quick and concise analysis: Higher Education The Governor’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 proposal for higher education makes steady progress in reversing many of the cuts accumulated over the last thirteen years. State funding for higher education was cut $451.5 million between FY 2001 […]

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All Aboard for March 5!

Save the date and start spreading the word!  Public Higher Education Advocacy Day at the State House will be March 5, 2013.  This will be an opportunity for hundreds (thousands?) of students, staff, faculty, alumni and others to let legislators know what they can do to ensure accessible, high quality public higher education for the […]

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In-State Tuition for Immigrants at last!

As reported in the Boston Globe on November 19, Governor Patrick is directing public colleges and universities to allow young undocumented immigrants to pay the in-state rate for tuition and fees as soon as they obtain work permits through a new federal program.  They will be able to apply for a refund for this semester.  […]

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