Bay State Forum: UMass Boston
This episode focuses on UMass Boston and some of the controversial issues that have surfaced over the past year around that public university. Earlier this year, we heard that the school was projecting a $30 million deficit – that amount was later trimmed to $10 million. We heard that amidst a building program worth billions of dollars, there were billions of dollars in deferred maintenance that was not getting done.
The school’s chancellor Keith Motley was forced to resign and a new head guy formerly from Bowdoin College was picked to set things right. In the meantime, there have been some faculty cuts, courses have been canceled, supply budgets curtailed, a hiring freeze – sort of – and of course tuition increases.
Barbara Anthony interviews Gregory Sullivan, former Inspector General of Massachusetts and now the Director of Research at the Pioneer Institute, and Laura Krantz, a well-known staff reporter for the Boston Globe.