WE have a opportunity to dramatically increase the funding UMass receives from the state by getting the Cherish Act passed. The Cherish Act would increase state allocations to public higher education by as much as $500 million per year. This is our chance to accomplish what we have been advocating for many years: hiring more full-time faculty and staff, and paying the salaries necessary to recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse workforce. At the same time, the bill will relieve the burden of student debt and make college more affordable.
Chancellor Subbaswamy has endorsed the legislation, saying:
“UMass Amherst has long supported and advocated for increased funding for public higher education so that students from all walks of life have access to an affordable, high‐quality education. We applaud our faculty and staff, and the unions that represent them, including the MTA, for their advocacy of the CHERISH Act. The Act, which is sponsored by our local legislators, would provide much‐needed support for the important mission of UMass Amherst to educate the next generation of the Commonwealth’s leaders.”