Increased Funding for Public Higher Education
State funding for our community colleges, state universities and the UMass system has declined by nearly one-third since 2001, which has led to:
Staggering — and in some cases prohibitive — increases in tuition and fees for students
Harmful reductions in staff, faculty and programs
Exploitative use of part-time staff, adjuncts and non-tenure-track faculty who are underpaid and lack health insurance, benefits and job security
Increasing amounts of costly building and infrastructure repairs, outdated technology, administrative bloat, and money spent on capital debt service rather than on students, staff and programs
Underfunding of Our Public Colleges and Universities
This map shows how much the appropriation for each public higher education campus might increase under the Cherish Act (H1214/S741), which would restore appropriations to the level reached in FY 2001.
Methodology Behind Higher Ed Funding
Since their FY01 high point, inflation-adjusted, per-pupil state higher education appropriations have declined by 31 percent. The Cherish Act (H1214/S741) would restore appropriations to the FY01 level while freezing tuition and fees, resulting in an appropriations increase of $580 million over the FY19 General Appropriations Act amount if the act were fully implemented in FY20. The map shows how much the appropriation for each higher education campus might increase.
The act does not specify how the additional $580 million would be distributed. The data on the map are based on a particular approach to allocating the funds. There is no way of predicting the actual approach that the Legislature would adopt. Therefore, as with the Chapter 70 data, these numbers should not be taken as any kind of a guarantee. They also supersede the numbers that were formerly posted on this site, which were based on data that have since been updated.