Higher Education and Adult Learning

State needs to help with college funding

State needs to help with college funding

Resentment and anger building on campuses

YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME and a few students at a table in the basement of the Northern Essex Community College Library while we discuss various issues that face our classmates. We are the Student Senate, and every week we sit around the same table to ponder strategy. Recently we reviewed the 2018 budget situation(...)

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UMass Amherst investing in innovation

UMass Amherst investing in innovation

More than $100m goes for institute, venture fund, faculty

THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST, the flagship campus of the state’s university system, is diving into the innovation economy with a splash they hope will ripple out far beyond the campus, boosting the region’s economic development for decades to come. The university has invested heavily in the initiative in recent years. Well over $100 million(...)

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We need debt-free college in MA

We need debt-free college in MA

Higher education is contributing to income inequality

SPRING IS UPON US – and across Massachusetts, tens of thousands of students are preparing to graduate and collect their diplomas. In too many cases, the excitement of a new chapter is burdened by the anxiety of student loan debt. In Boston alone, the average student loan recipient carries over $43,000 in debt. That’s 44(...)

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Suffolk U. is stronger than you think

Suffolk U. is stronger than you think

Boston location gives students access to opportunity

FROM A DISTANCE, Suffolk University appears to be an institution in disarray. Six presidents in as many years. Enrollment is down, especially at the law school. It is reeling from a public spat between the board of trustees and its former president, who was removed in July after a contentious war of words. A hangdog(...)

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Students push for ‘sanctuary campuses’

Students push for ‘sanctuary campuses’

UMass officials sympathetic to demands

UMASS AMHERST OFFICIALS, under pressure from students, said on Friday they were committed to making the campus a safe haven for undocumented students, faculty, and staff. But they stopped short of meeting the students’ demand that the school be declared a sanctuary campus. The notion of a sanctuary campus popped up over the last week in(...)

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Building a capable workforce

Building a capable workforce

Business Roundtable highlights partnerships

INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS between leading businesses and schools at every level across the state are helping to shape a future workforce that will give the Commonwealth a key competitive edge in the global economy.  Strengthening the talent of our workforce is the top priority cited by CEOs and senior executives at the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, which(...)

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Pharmacy school pays chief well

Pharmacy school pays chief well

President makes more than Harvard, MIT heads

CHARLES MONAHAN JR. makes $1.3 million a year in total compensation, more than all but one of his presidential peers at other colleges in Greater Boston. Monahan does not work at Harvard University, MIT, or one of the other big-name schools in the area. He’s president of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences(...)

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Peyser gets raucous reception at UMass

Peyser gets raucous reception at UMass

Despite boos, education secretary said he loved it

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE EDUCATION SECRETARY JAMES PEYSER received a raucous reception at the University of Massachusetts Boston on Thursday, where his entreaties to spur growth outside campuses and cut dead wood within state higher education ran up against faculty demands for more funding. Peyser told the audience at a convocation ceremony on the harbor-side(...)

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Strangeness continues at Suffolk

Strangeness continues at Suffolk

Board refuses to say why it fired McKenna

THE SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY board of trustees waited a full day before commenting on the firing of president Margaret McKenna, and then said almost nothing. Robert Lamb, the chairman of the board, issued a one-paragraph statement at nearly 5:30 p.m. on Friday saying he could not comment on personnel matters. However, he described the statement McKenna(...)

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