Resulting from their Strategic Review Public of Higher Education Finance, the BHE has proposed a Framework for Strategic Public Higher Education Financing that seeks to modernize and strengthen the Commonwealth’s higher education financial planning process to ensure an equitable, affordable, and sustainable Massachusetts public higher education system for the long term.
Interim Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Finance
2021 – Present
Strategic Review of Public Higher Education Finance: Establishing a Baseline
Strategic Review of Public Higher Education Finance: Comparative State Analysis
Strategic Review of Public Higher Education Finance: Student Outcome Analysis
FAAP AC Strategic Review of Public Higher Education Financing: First Discussion of Policy Options, November 3, 2022
FAAP AC Strategic Review of Public Higher Education Financing: Supplemental Analysis of Policy Options, November 16, 2022
Strategic Review of Public Higher Education Financing: Endorsement of a Policy Framework and Charge to the Commissioner
Shifting demographics, enrollment declines, and increased competition for students have resulted in significant strains of the public higher education system. Student enrollment has been declining in the past decade and is projected to continue to decline. In addition, the Commonwealth has experienced persistent equity gaps, with rising concerns about the cost of education and the increase in debt burdens on students and families. For these reasons, during its December 11, 2018 meeting the Board made a commitment to review whether and how the Board could address these issues with ”the development of an integrated financial planning process to ensure long term sustainability for the campuses and the system and affordability for the students.
During its September 22, 2021 Annual Meeting the BHE established the Finance and Administrative Policy (FAAP) Advisory Council and charged it with the responsibility to “consider, report and make recommendations to the Board of Higher Education on policy and strategic matters regarding fiscal, operational, administrative matters.” Within that context, the BHE asked the FAAP Council to conduct a strategic review of public higher education finance.
The proposed Framework for Strategic Public Higher Education Financing (the “Framework”) before the BHE for approval includes the following elements:
The system for financing public higher education in the Commonwealth must fully support the following six key principles:
The BHE concludes that the current system for financing public higher education in the Commonwealth does not sufficiently fully support the six key principles, and that it is time to move beyond the current system. The current system should be significantly changed, modernized and strengthened to better serve students and align with our systemic values.
The system for financing public higher education in the Commonwealth must address the following five high-level goals:
The BHE endorsed five key design elements for the future of public higher education financing in the Commonwealth: