Book: The Future of Higher Education

The Future of Higher Education by Dan Clawson and Max Page This 60-page book examines the contemporary landscape of higher education institutions and asks and answers these questions: Who is able to attend college? Who pays for our system of higher education? Who works at and who governs colleges and universities? The book concludes with a […]

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Book: Saving State U: Why We Must Fix Public Higher Education

Saving State U: Why We Must Fix Public Higher Education by Nancy Folbre Nancy Folbre brings the national debates of education experts down to the level of trying to teach—and trying to learn—at major state universities whose budgets have repeatedly been slashed, restored, and then slashed again. She ranges far afield with astute observations about financial […]

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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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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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White Paper: Advancing Public Higher Education in MA

This is the paper that led to PHENOM’s founding. It was read by Governor-Elect Patrick and discussed by him with a group of students, union leaders and administrators on December 1, 2006.  Hundreds of people then heard him say that he would be “a champion for public higher education.”  100 people participated in breakout sessions […]

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