MCLA Students Participate in State House University Day


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Seven Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) students joined others who attend the nine Massachusetts State Universities at the State House on Monday, April 28, to promote the benefits of continued investments in public higher education and to recognize the Legislature's investment in public higher education.

The group of MCLA students, all of whom are Massachusetts residents, included Taylor Dunn '14 of  Williamstown, Christopher Hantman '14 of Franklin, Taylor Krowitz '15 of Lunenberg, Michael Lamoureaux '15 of Pittsfield, Brendan Peltier '15 of Worcester, Alyson Stolz '15 of Oxford and Timothy Williams '17 of Springfield.

At the State House, they met with legislators to share personal stories about how the investment has helped them achieve their goals and contribute to the greater Massachusetts economy.

In addition, Senator Michael Moore and Representative Tom Sannicandro, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, addressed students, faculty, and supporters to emphasize the importance of continued investments in Massachusetts public higher education.

According to State University System officials, last year's investment provided students across the state improved access to an affordable, high quality education.  Ninety percent of State University students are Massachusetts residents, and nearly 85 percent of those students remain in the Commonwealth after graduation. Further investments will help the 52,000 students enrolled in the State University System continue their education and receive their degrees.

"We commend the Legislature and Governor Patrick for making a terrific step in the right direction," said Vincent Pedone, executive director of the State University Council of Presidents. "Continued investments in FY15 will go a long way towards stabilizing the cost of an undergraduate education for the students and families of the Commonwealth." 

In the FY14 budget, the Legislature and the Governor increased the State University budget by $15 million, fully funded the collective bargaining agreements between the campuses and the Commonwealth, and approved a $1 million line item for matching the State University system internship incentive program, which provides a critical pathway to jobs.

As a result of the State's investment, the state universities moved closer to a 50-50 split in funding between the Commonwealth and students, allowing campuses to freeze academic tuition and fees for the first time in recent history.

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Front L-R  Christopher Hantman '14, Taylor Krowitz '15, Representative Gail Cariddi, Alyson Stolz '15, Brandon Pender Web and Communications Manager
Back L-R Timothy Williams '17, Michael Lamoureaux '15, Brendan Peltier '15, Taylor Dunn '14