Higher Education

The MTA serves more than 10,000 members at the University of Massachusetts system, which includes the Amherst, Boston Harbor and Lowell campuses; nine state universities; and 15 community colleges. Members include faculty, part-time and continuing education faculty, administrators, librarians and support staff.

MTA Road Map for Higher Ed Members

A Road Map for MTA Higher Education Members

New to public higher education? Not sure what it means to be an MTA member? The MTA has produced a detailed and thoughtful guide for new higher education members that provides an overview of the MTA and what it means to be a member.

MTA Toolkits

Higher Education Funding Toolkit S-60/ORP Revenue Toolkit

Higher Education in the News

MCCC Day of Action - Dec. 8, 2015


An Act Investing in Public Higher Education

The bill makes critically needed investments in public higher education which has seen its funding reduced by 14 percent since FY 2001. Some specifics:

  • Makes public higher education more affordable for Massachusetts families. It creates a Finish Line Grant to cover the cost of one year of tuition and fees for Massachusetts residents attending a public institution of higher education
  • Promotes workplaces fairness. It provides adjunct faculty with a path to tenure, access to health and pension benefits and pay parity with full-time faculty.

Read the public higher ed bill and the MTA's legislation agenda.

Good Resources

Reverse the Course

"Reverse the Course" is an MTA report that explains how the increased reliance on part-time adjunct faculty in the state’s community college system is reducing the amount of academic advising available from full-time faculty and may be contributing to poor student completion rates.

Read coverage of "Reverse the Course" in our member magazine, MTA Today, including Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn's forceful response to the report.