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.
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.
Higher Education in the News
Learn about H. 1055 which calls for adjunct faculty members to be paid at a rate commensurate with that of their full-time colleagues. The bill also lays out pathways to benefits, such as health insurance, and requires public colleges and universities to increase over time the number of full-time faculty, ending over-reliance on adjuncts. At community colleges, for example, part-time faculty members teach more than two-thirds of the courses.
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.