WBUR to Examine Public Higher Education in Massachusetts

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) – WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, kicks-off a four-part series on the commonwealth’s public college system on May 14 on “Morning Edition,” announced Anna Bensted, assistant program director/executive producer-Special Projects.

Entitled “A Higher State: Why Public Higher Education Matters to Massachusetts,” the series will explore the current state of public higher education in Massachusetts, the academic, administrative and fiscal challenges faced by the system, and whether the system is delivering on its promise of affordable excellence.

Reported by “Morning Edition” host Bob Oakes and WBUR Reporter Curt Nickisch, the series will also explore the connection between public higher education and the state’s economic well-being, and whether the commonwealth is doing enough to provide a high quality, affordable education that serves students and families, and produces the educated workforce of tomorrow.

“An educated workforce is the engine of the state’s economy,” says Bensted. “With the state’s fiscal health being challenged by a dwindling population and further corporate withdrawal, there is increased pressure on Beacon Hill to ensure that our public colleges are properly and affordably training the leaders and workers of tomorrow.

“In our series, we will focus, in particular, on the UMass system and the community colleges, and we will talk to students, professors, as well as to those who run the colleges and the legislators responsible for their funding.”

NPR’s award-winning “Morning Edition,” locally hosted by Bob Oakes, provides national news, features, reviews and analysis, supplemented by WBUR’s own local news coverage, commentary, reviews and weather between 5-9:00am, Monday-Friday.

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member station of National Public Radio. WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, and has been named Associated Press News Station of the Year in 2003-05. More information on WBUR can be found online at http://www.wbur.org/.