Let’s talk about the Commonwealth’s Commitment.

Today marks the 4th anniversary of student loan debt crossing the $1 trillion mark We know the student debt crisis affects nearly 1 million Massachusetts residents, shouldering more than $24 billion of student loan debt. On the fourth anniversary of $1T Day, we have to find a path to high-quality, debt-free public higher education. Massachusetts […]

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Support the UMass Lowell Adjunct Faculty Union (UAF/UAW)

From our friends at the UMass Lowell Adjunct Faculty Union (UAF/UAW) Adjunct Faculty at UMass Lowell are paid at a much lower rate than Adjunct Faculty at UMass Boston and UMass Amherst. UMass Amherst and UMass Boston Adjunct Faculty have benefits; UMass Lowell Adjunct Faculty have none. Please sign this petition calling on UMass Lowell […]

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Press Release: PHENOM Disappointed in House FY17 Budget for Public Higher Education; Result will be higher tuition and fees for students

April 14, 2016          Contact:  Natalie Higgins For Immediate Release            978-227-8473   PHENOM Disappointed in House FY17 Budget for Public Higher Education; Result will be higher tuition and fees for students   April 14, 2016 — The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM – www.phenomonline.org) is distressed by the House FY17 budget, which level-funds public […]

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Thank you for a PHENOMenal Public Higher Education Advocacy Day!

We cannot thank everyone enough for making Public Higher Education Advocacy Day 2016 truly PHENOMenal. Hundreds of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and legislators packed the Great Hall of Flags. We even ran out of seats! We kicked off the day with a stellar speaking program, featuring Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago, Massachusetts Teachers Association President […]

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The Best Higher Ed is Free

From PHENOM’s 2015/16 Newsletter: The public higher education system in Massachusetts was designed to make public higher education accessible to the working classes, with costs to students as close to free as possible. Remarkably, for more than a century, that remained largely true and is responsible for both America’s stunning economic growth and, especially after […]

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Community College Faculty & Professional Staff Deserve a Fair Contract

From PHENOM’s 2015/16 Newsletter: PHENOM supports the faculty and staff at the community colleges who have been protesting insufficient progress made at the bargaining table. They have now worked over six months without a contract. Represented by the Massachusetts Community College Council (MCCC/MTA), faculty and professional staff  have been on “Work to Rule,” which means […]

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A Message from Kim Selwitz and Natalie Higgins

From PHENOM’s 2015/16 Newsletter: PHENOM is about to celebrate its 9th anniversary as an organization, and we sure have come a long way in those nine years! What started as a burgeoning organization nine years ago now is a diverse non-profit with involvement among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and those passionate about public higher ed all across Massachusetts. Our work […]

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PHENOM Hits DC, Next on to California

From PHENOM’s 2015/16 Newsletter: On December 1, 2015, the Center for American Progress hosted “Exploring the Geography of Student Debt: How States and Municipalities Can Act.” This was an opportunity for PHENOM to share its work to a broader audience. PHENOM was invited to discuss our work with Raise Up Massachusetts on the Fair Share Amendment campaign and our […]

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Thank you for a PHENOMenal 10 Days to $10K Challenge!

From PHENOM’s 2015/16 Newsletter: Thank you for all of your incredible support in our 10 Days to $10K Challenge! In just 10 Days, PHENOM has had our most successful fundraiser to date, with 166 donations raising $10,938.00! PHENOM depends on the support of its members to have the resources to continue to fight for well-funded, affordable, accessible, well-staffed and democratically-governed public higher […]

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