PHENOMenal News – Spring-Summer 2011

News – Spring-Summer 2011 Vol 3 Issue 2 PHENOM Testifies at the State House Tax reform and student financial aid, two of PHENOM’s top legislative priorities, had hearings at the State House in May. On May 5, PHENOM brought more than 50 people from across the state to show support for “An Act to Invest […]

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PHENOM Testifies at the State House

Tax reform and student financial aid, two of PHENOM’s top legislative priorities, had hearings at the State House in May. On May 5, PHENOM brought more than 50 people from across the state to show support for “An Act to Invest in Our Communities,” which would generate an additional $1.3 billion per year in revenue […]

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Guide: Organizing a Call-In Day

Some Ideas for Organizing a PHENOM Call-In Day Organize a Planning Meeting Hold a planning meeting of interested people—students, staff, and faculty.  A preliminary meeting can be a place to figure out logistics – especially if a space needs to be reserved or funds need to be raised for food —  and spread tasks and […]

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Guide: Organizing a Public Hearing

This guide can be adapted for any sort of public hearing related to public higher ed. How to hold public hearings on Affordability of Public Higher Education Define the issue. What is the hearing about?  Affordability of Public Higher Education.  The issue has to be narrow enough that it’s a concrete problem that people can understand, and […]

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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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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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