ERIC Number: ED475719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, 1990-2002.
Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education, Boston.
This report traces the history and accomplishments of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education over the past 12 years, during 3 state administrations. In the early 1990s, as the Commonwealth was feeling the impact of recession, the perceived quality of the system was declining, as were enrollments and retention. State policymakers and leaders made a deliberate effort to raise the national ranking of the Massachusetts public higher education system. In 1991, Governor Weld changed the organizational structure of public higher education in Massachusetts, establishing the Higher Education Coordinating Council, now the Board of Higher Education, and more centralized administration. In 1996 new tuition and fee charges were established, and in 1998, increased accountability and more cost effective use of resources were promoted by the institution of a performance measurement system. Other reforms between the early 1990s and the present contributed to improved quality, strengthened the partnerships among all levels of education, promoted workforce development, improved educational facilities, and expanded endowments. The report also outlines challenges that face the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, including the needs of an increasingly diverse population, the requirements of the knowledge-based economy, and financial constraints. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts