College is usually an opportunity for students hoping to get ahead and improve their lives. But that promise can lead to disappointment for low-income parents if they can’t find affordable, high-quality childcare. A school in Massachusetts has been trying to change that.
After a three-week strike, Harvard University and the union representing its cafeteria workers have reached a labor agreement. Union organizers and students have argued that Harvard can afford to pay the workers higher hourly wages, in part, because of its $37.6 billion endowment. While multi-billion dollar university endowments provide great independence, they also introduce something of a moral dilemma for wealthy schools.
Amherst College is searching for a new mascot. The liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts is looking for a character to replace Lord Jeffrey. The English general, who in 1763 proposed giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans, got the boot last year following a slew of complaints from students.
For many Americans, community college is key to a better life. But getting to campuses not accessible by public transportation can present a challenge for low-income students who can’t afford a car or other means of transportation. One community college in Massachusetts has found an innovative way to ensure students can get to class.