Students Prevail in Quebec

In February of this year, Quebec students began an unlimited general strike to oppose a tuition increase from $2,168 to $3,793 between 2012 and 2017 announced by the Liberal government of Premier Jean Charest. In October, following massive demonstrations and the resignation of one education minister and then another, Charest and his government were defeated […]

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Focus on Diversity Updates PHENOM Agenda

by Lisa Field   At the annual Delegate Assembly, held at UMass Boston in June, a group of delegates brought forward a proposal to increase diversity and representativeness in PHENOM. They cited several reasons for focusing the organization on diversity issues. PHENOM’s credibility as the voice of Public Higher Education in Massachusetts depends on being […]

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Nothing As Certain As Debt and Taxes

by Ferd Wulkan The Massachusetts class of 2010 (public and private 4-year colleges) graduated with an average debt of $25,541, 12th  highest among the 50 states. 63% of students graduated with some amount of debt, 16th  most among the 50 states. Among public 4-year colleges, Westfield State had the highest percentage with debt (75%) with […]

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Tax Policy Made Simple

Want ideas on how to talk with people about taxes and policy choices to support higher education and other important state services?  Check out this great new slide show from our friends at the Mass. Budget and Policy Center.    

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ORGANIZING AT HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

By Nicole Ouimette Students for Affordable, Accessible and Valuable Education (SAVE) is a club at Holyoke Commu-nity College (HCC). It was formed in September 2011 out of a need for a more involved student body to address the overwhelming concerns of the inaccessibility and unaffordability of public higher education. SAVE addressed the national and statewide […]

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BUILDING A STATEWIDE STUDENT ASSOCIATION

An Interview with Hollywood Aman Student leaders from around the state have begun talking about forming a Statewide Student Association (SSA) of the sort found in many other states. Typically organized as a federation of student governments, the SSA allows students to pool resources to have more power as they work on common issues. Hollywood […]

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Higher Education for the 99%

by Alex Kulenovic, PHENOM Organizing Director These are very interesting and challenging times for public higher education, dominated by scarcity in funding and “solutions” that do not fit the problems. In Massachusetts, we’ve been hit by horrific cuts in the last two recessions. Since 2001 we have lost about 40% of our public funding. Cuts […]

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PHENOM Convenes Advocates

by Ken Haar, Westfield State University What began in January 2011 as an attempt to get all the advocates of public higher education in the same room to support the FY 2012 higher education budget evolved into regular meetings with those same advocates working together to fight for public higher education on a number of […]

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Index

Data Key Data about Massachusetts Public Higher Education Information about the Student Debt Crisis White Papers Working Paper on Free Community College White Paper: The Affordability Crisis in MA Public Higher Ed White Paper: Advancing Public Higher Education in MA Organizing Guides Guide: Organizing a call in day Guide: Organizing a public hearing Guide: Campus […]

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Guide: Campus Organizing

 Organizing for PHENOM on your campus — whether you are a student, staff, or faculty — is a great way to do your part for public higher education.  Check out the suggestions in this guide! This campus organizing guide will always be a work in progress, and we welcome suggestions and submissions.

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