The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others from community colleges, state universities, the UMass campuses, and the broader community to join together to advocate for better funded, affordable and accessible public higher education in Massachusetts.
On March 7th, students, faculty, and staff from the public institutions of higher education will be going to the state house to demand increased funding for its institutions. In years past, people have demanded and won 50/50 funding of the universities, state college and community colleges in Massachusetts. In order to ensure that schools like UMass receive the funding they need, PHENOM will return to the State House this year with as many people and as much support as possible.
The funding allocated by the State affects UMass’ ability to: support underfunded, maintain the buildings where our students, faculty, and staff spend their time, take care of our graduate students, and make this university an affordable place to attend school. Public Higher Education Advocacy Day is vital to ensuring that UMass is a priority in the 2017 Fiscal Year budget, however it is also important for legislators to hear the stories of the people who are affected by higher education funding in order to contextualize the struggles that inadequate funding create for the people who interact with the higher education system day in and day out.