1. UMass President Marty Meehan stresses college affordability in State of UMass address

    UMass President Marty Meehan stresses college affordability in State of UMass address

    University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan on Monday pledged to address college affordability through online education, partnerships with businesses and nonprofits and a new fundraising campaign. Meehan said the renewed focus on affordability is vital to keep higher education accessible to all students and let students choose their own career paths. "Affordability, which is central to our mission, is no longer guaranteed by our status as a public university," Meehan said in his second annual State of the University address at the UMass Club in Boston.

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    1. Affordability, which is central to our mission, is no longer guaranteed by our status as a public university.
    2. That means that the cost of a UMass education has shifted from the state to students and their families.
    3. This threatens the very mission of public higher education, and we will fight it with all that we have.
    4. It almost made me want to drop out of college, but why should I do that? Obviously, I want to study and get a degree.
    5. Higher education is our future, and I think we're very much aware of that.
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