When I arrived in 1997, I was shocked to see how poorly Massachusetts treats its public colleges and universities.
The photo above -- note my complete lack of grey hair -- is from a 2005 speech at the State House. The situation has become less favorable since I delivered Public Higher Education is a Public Good, as part of an earlier effort to encourage the Commonwealth to recognize the inherent value of what we do in our colleges and universities.
Since then, the situation has worsened, though educators and students alike continue to give our all to the education enterprise. I hope we can find "leaders" willing to do the same.
Herewith, the current (May 2022) survey questions and my responses.
- Your primary affiliation:
MA Public College/University Faculty
- What experience in leading, developing and/or supporting DEI programming should the next Commissioner have?
Experience with programming and buzzwords counts for nothing in my estimation. Experience respecting and working with educators and students from many backgrounds is what counts.
- And faculty and librarians should not be humiliated and bullied at the bargaining table for simply trying to hold on to living wages and standards of academic freedom.