Educators and local community members know what our students need — the investment the state promised years ago and the...
The MTA represents approximately 18,000 higher education members. They work on the Amherst, Boston and Lowell campuses of the University of Massachusetts system, at nine state universities, and at 15 community colleges. Members include faculty, part-time and continuing education faculty, administrators, librarians and support staff.
"People don’t understand what a difference it makes to have a say in salaries, benefits and policies."
UMass Lowell Professor Sue Kim
Fight for adequate funding continues
The fight for greater investment in public higher education drew hundreds of students and faculty and staff members from campuses across the state to Beacon Hill on March 5 for Public Higher Education Advocacy Day.
The activists arrived from community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses to meet with senators and representatives from their home districts. In those meetings, advocates sought support for so-called “Finish Line” grants that would cover one full year of tuition and fees at public colleges and universities; passage of a “borrower’s bill of rights” to protect those with student debt; and support for legislation improving the working conditions of adjunct instructors.
Coverage of Higher Education Issues
- UMass Boston faculty, students demand to be heard amid Mount Ida deal
State House News Service, May 31, 2018
- No wonder colleges look to out-of-state students
Boston Globe, May 31, 2018
- Debt load rises for public higher ed students
MTA Today, May 21, 2018
- Students and families need real investment in public colleges (Guest viewpoint)
Mass Live, April 23, 2018
- Degrees of difficulty in Mount Ida deal
Boston Globe, April 21, 2018
- Unions rally over contracts
Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 11, 2018
Can Massachusetts support four public universities?
The Hechinger Report, July 10, 2017
Adjunct faculty call for pay equality
Bay State Banner, July 5, 2017
Students don't deserve underpaid, overworked professors
WBUR, Zac Bears, June 30, 2017
- Adjuncts seek better pay, benefits through legislation
The Boston Globe, June 29, 2017
Adjunct faculty members want wage increases, job security
WWLP-22 News, June 29, 2017