Top 10 Reasons for Massachusetts to Invest in Public Higher Education

This concise but comprehensive compilation is meant to be helpful to individuals and organizations advocating for improved state funding for our campuses.  They are being distributed to all legislators, one at a time, during the 10 days leading up to the March 8, 2012  Lobby Day for Public Higher Education.  Please disseminate them on your […]

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The Crisis of Public Education: Budget Cuts, Deficits and the Lies Behind Them

This fact sheet explains how and why “austerity” is being used to cut public education.  “The truth is the money does exist. Returning tax rates on those making over $500,000 per year to the levels they were at under Richard Nixon would yield enough to pay for a new public education system, plus massive aid […]

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Commissioner Freeland’s Vision

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland is an outspoken advocate not shy about bragging about what’s good, or about highlighting the shortcomings, of our public higher education system.  His recent article in the New England Journal of Higher Education is entitled “Coming Into Focus: A New Vision for Public Higher Education in Massachusetts”.  We may not […]

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The Shrinking Value of MassGrant

MassGrant is the state’s main program of need-based financial aid. As costs have risen, MassGrant has been cut. These 2 graphs and report from the Department of Higher Education’s FY 2011 Budget Request demonstrate how ” This unmet financial need of students is significant and is almost certainly a deterrent to the pursuit of postsecondary education for […]

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Dramatic Increase in Enrollments

Enrollments in 2009-10 at Massachusetts public colleges increased dramatically, especially at the community colleges.  The 7% increase in students in Fall 2009 compared to a year before is unprecedented and comes at the same time that state support has decreased by record amounts.  The Board of Education has compiled the data here.

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