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Please join us for the 15th Annual AICUM Dinner!





Monday, December 9, 2019

Reception: 5:00pm

Dinner and Program: 6:00pm

Location: Seaport Hotel, Boston




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We very much look forward to and appreciate your participation in what promises to be an exciting and memorable evening.



Jeff Selingo, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, and Sen. Eileen Donoghue Speak at AICUM’s Annual Meeting, April 29, 2014

Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke, Elected New Chair of AICUM Board.


More than 100 college and affiliate members from across the Commonwealth attended AICUM’s annual  meeting (April 29) at Boston College. The agenda included election of officers and remarks from three guest speakers.

In the AICUM election, Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, was elected Chairman, James McCarthy, President of Suffolk University was elected Vice Chair/Chair Elect, and Paula M. Rooney, President of Dean College, was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer. All are effective June 1, 2014.


New members of the Board will be: Chris Hopey, President of Merrimack College, Deborah Jackson, President of Cambridge College, and Antoinette Hays, President of Regis College.


Jeff Selingo, contributing editor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, was the keynote speaker. Selingo talked about his research for College (Un)Bound and predicted major shifts in the higher education scene in the next decade. He challenged colleges to consider five trends.  First, he said, that higher education professionals need to rethink the student market, noting that motivations for students now vary widely. “Only two out of ten students are now looking for the traditional (Hollywood-depicted) college,” he said.


Second, he urged college administrators  to think about what is innovative and distinctive about their particular college. For all but a few colleges, he said. being a “commodity” will not continue to work. Each college must decide what it wants to offer and how it wants to be perceived.  The major types of college learning he predicted will be: MOOCs (massive open online course, face-to-face, and hybrid (part MOOC and part face-to face) “Can a small liberal arts college scale high-impact practices (MOOCS and hybrids) with a short residential course?,” he queried.  Selingo noted the predominant disconnect now between age and financial independence and maintained that people now in their twenties are developing a  different approach to skills, training, certificates, and degrees. He said they are becoming true “life-long learners.”


Selingo’s fourth trend was the Bachelor’s Degree and what it means.  “We’ve been stuffing more and more in the B.A.,” he said., “it’s been overworked.” What goes into it and why everyone needs one should be re-thought and will be.  The fifth trend, he stated, is “value, not price.”   Economics is certainly one factor, he noted, but only one.  “Can the person get a job, progress, be part of the community?”  These are all part of the mission and value of higher education,” he said.


State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry  spoke on the importance to colleges of recruiting locally and ensuring that workforce development initiatives meet the needs of a range of students.  Senator Forry has represented the 1st Suffolk District since June 2013 and is Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. Prior to 2013, she represented the 12th Suffolk District in the House of Representatives for six years.


State Senator Eileen Donoghue, Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, gave her perspective on a recent report  by the Subcommittee on Student Loan and Debt, which she co-chairs. She described student loans and student debt as “increasingly burdensome and complex” across the country and and explained that the subcommittee’s aim was to address the issue and help to alleviate not only the need for loans and debt, but also the lack of knowledge about how to obtain a loan, how loans work and how debt can be paid off.  She noted that Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation for the number of students carrying debt (66% of all college students) and that student debt nationally has the highest delinquency rate of any consumer loan category.


Senator Donoghue discussed the findings of the subcommittee and some of its major recommendations, which include:

  • Expand financial literacy for all Massachusetts students by offering financial literacy courses in high school, embedding financial literacy in the Massachusetts Core Curriculum, and requiring colleges and universities to uniformly describe financial aid information.
  • Expand and reform state aid, by increasing MassGrant scholarship funds, reforming the Adams scholarship, and exploring concepts such as “Pay It Forward.”
  • Decrease the time it takes to get a degree, by expanding the dual enrollment option for high school students (taking college courses while still in high school), getting credit in college for advanced placement courses, and accessing programs that provide progression from community colleges to four-year colleges.
  • Create incentives for students to save, by improving the Commonwealth’s 529 College Savings Plan and increasing greater coordination with non-profits.
  • Advance loan forgiveness programs–particularly for occupations where there is both great need and a lack of financial incentive (i.e. social work).
  • Develop public-private partnerships that would incentivize employers to assist employees that have student debt and would like to pursue continuing education opportunities.


Financial Aid Advocacy Day

February 24, 2014.



Our annual Financial Aid Advocacy Day is a major event, when students from all over the Commonwealth converge at the State House and visit with their legislators to advocate for need-based financial aid.  

This year’s (February 24, 2014) was highly successful.More than 150 students attended, representing 30 colleges across the state. House Speaker Robert DeLeo spoke to the students, urging them to talk with their state representatives and senators and “tell them what’s on your mind.” The most important lobbying effort is by the actual people who are affected,” he said. “That’s what really makes the difference to legislators,” he emphasized.



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