Affordable high-quality public higher education is essential to expand opportunity in all of our communities and create a more equitable and prosperous Commonwealth, including multilingual students.
MATSOL has joined the Higher Ed For All Coalition to advocate for fully funded community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses. The Coalition proposes the following actions to knock down the barriers that too many potential college graduates encounter – and to create a public higher education system that demonstrates its respect for workers by providing fair wages and working conditions.
The coalition’s goals include:
- A debt-free college plan that covers not just tuition and fees but also living expenses, including food and housing
- Expansion of existing programs that support student success and address staffing shortages
- Recruitment and retention of high-quality and experienced faculty and staff – and make it possible for them to meet the needs of their students, particularly those who face the most significant challenges
- Return to the historic model of public funding for public buildings on college and university campuses and include faculty and staff when assessing campus needs
Advocacy Day at the State House
Tuesday, February 28
10:30am – 2:30pm
Massachusetts State House
Free round-trip bus transportation is available from: UMass Amherst, Ludlow Park & Ride, Auburn Park & Ride, Mass College of Liberal Arts, Greenfield Community College, Fitchburg State College, Bridgewater State College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, & Salem State. (You will receive a link to sign up for a bus after you register).