Higher Education and Adult Learning

Union attacks on Meehan misleading, misguided

Union attacks on Meehan misleading, misguided

UMass Lowell adjunct faculty should negotiate seriously

FOR THE BETTER PART of a decade, I had the privilege of working with then-UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. It was exciting to be a part of a team that initiated a remarkable transformation of UMass Lowell that continues today. The campus has experienced dramatic increases in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates; faculty hiring; research(...)

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Something’s new this year at UMass Boston

Something’s new this year at UMass Boston

40% of freshman class will be living in dorms

NEXT WEEK, as students return to University of Massachusetts Boston, a number of them will do something no one has done in the school’s history: Live on campus. For the first 53 years of its history, UMass Boston students commuted to campus by bus, T, or car. This year that will change. Approximately 1,000 students(...)

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UMass Boston back on track

UMass Boston back on track

Budget balanced, enrollment up, dorm about to open

ONE OF MY ENDURING MEMORIES as interim chancellor of UMass Boston will be the sight of visionary educator Geoffrey Canada on stage at commencement, surveying UMass Boston’s sea of graduates with a smile on his face and his eyes glistening. Canada, founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, later explained his reaction: “This is the American(...)

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Pioneer: UMass has a spending problem

Pioneer: UMass has a spending problem

University calls report ‘highly misleading,” says bottom line positive

THE PIONEER INSTITUTE continued its war of words with the University of Massachusetts on Monday, asserting that the five-campus system’s complaints about inadequate state funding are just not true. UMass in the past has pointed to declining state funding as the explanation for its steadily increasing student fees. A week ago, in response to a(...)

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Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Cite critical comments by faculty council; new interim chief named

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE THREE FINALISTS to become the next University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor each withdrew from consideration over the weekend, citing “extreme disappointment” with actions by the school’s faculty council, according to UMass President Marty Meehan. On Monday — the same day trustees were originally scheduled to vote on a chancellor —(...)

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Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Mount Ida official said school faced 'perfect storm of failures'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LESSONS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts could be used to shape similar deals in the future, according to UMass President Marty Meehan, who told state senators on Wednesday they should expect to see more colleges close. “There are going to be other closures,(...)

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Moody’s outlook for UMass improves

Moody’s outlook for UMass improves

Calls acquisition of Mount Ida College ‘mildly credit positive’

A BOND RATING AGENCY issued a fairly rosy report Thursday on the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. Moody’s Investors Service kept its UMass bond rating at Aa2, its third-highest level, but changed the outlook from negative to stable, suggesting the rating will remain stable for the next year to two years. The company said the(...)

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College math doesn’t add up

College math doesn’t add up

For Amy Blanchette, juggling jobs, school, and family is herculean task

AMY BLANCHETTE GRADUATED from community college a few years ago and applied to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as the next step in her long-term goal of attaining a master’s degree in public policy and ultimately running for public office. Her application was accepted, but when she sat down to do the math, the numbers(...)

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State needs to step up for higher ed

State needs to step up for higher ed

More investment key to future economic competitiveness

THE COMMONWEALTH’S ECONOMY has been transformed from one heavily defined by manufacturing a few decades ago to one that is now knowledge-based. Jobs – even the less-skilled positions – require a higher level of educational attainment, yet the pipeline of workers to fill the jobs has slowed, just as baby boomers get set to retire(...)

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Colleges can’t be bystanders on opioids

Colleges can’t be bystanders on opioids

Campuses need to step up to avoid overdose tragedies 

THE OPIOID CRISIS, rooted in the overprescribing of painkillers, has seized the attention of public officials from Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill. So, too, has the inadequacy of mental health services on college campuses become well documented. But so far, neither policymakers nor college administrators have connected the dots between the painkiller epidemic and the(...)

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