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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 189         FILED ON: 1/14/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 585

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael O. Moore

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act establishing a commission on the funding needs for quality public higher education.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

James T. Welch

Hampden

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Daniel A. Wolf

Cape and Islands

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Joseph F. Wagner

8th Hampden

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Thomas P. Kennedy

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 189        FILED ON: 1/14/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 585

By Mr. Michael O. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 585) of Michael O. Moore, Tom Sannicandro, Jennifer L. Flanagan, Michael R. Knapik and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a commission on the funding needs for quality public higher education.  Higher Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act establishing a commission on the funding needs for quality public higher education.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  It is hereby declared to be a paramount goal of the commonwealth to provide a system of public higher education of high quality, sufficient in terms of programs, access and funding to enable all residents of the commonwealth the opportunity to reach their individual potential and to lead lives as full participants in the political and social life of the commonwealth and as contributors to its economy. 

              It is therefore the intent of this legislation to establish a commission on the funding needs for quality public higher education to undertake an investigation of the current state and funding of the commonwealth’s system of public higher education and to make proposals to the legislature for improvements in programs, staffing and funding needed to assure the achievement of the aforesaid goal.

              The mandate of the commission shall be to investigate and describe the current state of public higher education and its funding, including but not limited to state appropriations, tuition and fees and other sources of funding; to determine and describe the requirements for a system of public higher education which will provide high quality post-secondary education that meets the needs of students and of the commonwealth over the next 10 years; and to recommend to the legislature proposals to strengthen and improve our public higher education system and a method to assure the needed funding for a high quality system of public higher education.  

              The issues to be addressed by the commission shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

              1. Whether the programs currently offered by the system are adequate to assure that students receive a high quality education that will meet their needs and those of the commonwealth over the next 10 years;

              2. Whether the current funding system provides fair and adequate funding for all public higher education institutions to ensure that all students are offered a high quality education that meets their needs and the needs of the commonwealth;

              3. Whether the costs borne by students are fair and appropriate and assure access to higher education for Massachusetts residents, and whether the state should provide a higher amount and percentage of funding; and,

              4. What specific measures are necessary to improve the quality of education being delivered, including examining and making proposals concerning the following:

              a)              The use of adjunct or part-time faculty, as well as the pay, benefits,  responsibilities of, and support services provided to, adjunct faculty under the current system;

              b)              The number and use of full-time and tenure-track faculty across the system;

              c)              The ability of the current system to attract and retain highly qualified faculty and staff; and,

              d)              The number of developmental students being served under the current system and at which institutions, and the adequacy of academic and related support systems in place for both the number and types of students served.

              The members of the commission shall consist of the following: the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on higher education, who shall serve as co-chairs; the speaker of the house of representatives or a designee; the president of the senate or a designee; the minority leader of the house of representatives or a designee; the minority leader of the senate or a designee; the chair of the house committee on ways and means or a designee; the chair of the senate committee on ways and means or a designee; the secretary of education; the commissioner of higher education; the secretary of administration and finance or a designee; a representative of the community college presidents as chosen by their presidents’ council; a representative of the state university presidents as chosen by their presidents’ council;  the president of the University of Massachusetts; a representative of each of the following organizations, as chosen by the respective organization: the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the American Federation of Teachers-Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Community College Council, the Massachusetts State College Association, the Massachusetts Society of Professors/Faculty Staff Union, Massachusetts Society of Professors Lowell, UMass Lowell Classified/Tech Union, UMass Lowell Grant and Contract Fund Employees, Professional Staff Union (Boston), Classified Staff Union, Professional Staff Union (Amherst), University Staff Association and the Association of Professional Administrators; the student representative on the board of higher education and the student representative on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees; and, no more than three (3) members of the business community to be chosen by the governor to represent the various industries and geographic regions of Massachusetts.

              The commission shall conduct public hearings across the commonwealth at public higher education institutions and at other accessible locations.

              The University of Massachusetts and the board of higher education shall cooperate with the commission in its work and shall provide the commission with any and all data concerning programs and funding. 

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