While many factors influence state university presidential pay rates, there isn’t always a correlation between those rates and student outcomes. Ideally, a university president would have a portion of his or her salary tied to student outcomes such as improved retention and graduation rates. To see how Massachusetts state colleges and universities stack up, […]
About Rebekah Paxton
Rebekah is a senior at Boston University, studying political science and economics. She is a Roger Perry Government Transparency intern for the summer of 2017, working on transparency issues in various areas, including fiscal policies and education. Rebekah also writes for the Boston Political Review, a student-run editorial publication through Boston University on topics of local, federal, and global politics, business and economics, social issues and lobbying. Follow her on Twitter at @bekahpaxton.
Entries by Rebekah Paxton
Part 1 of this blog series on MA state colleges and universities addressed presidents’ salaries since 2010. In general, although public funding for MA higher education institutions—specifically the state college and non-UMass university system—is decreasing, university presidents received annual raises, and sometimes very large raises and expensive buyouts. The picture is a bit murky, though, […]
In a world of skyrocketing college tuition and student debt, the issue of college administration costs has become highly visible—and infuriating—for those footing the college bills. A large part of a higher education institution’s administrative costs come from salaries, including pay for presidents, executive boards, deans, and provosts. But these positions also sometimes come with […]
Massachusetts is known for the strength of its K-12 education. US News & World Report recently ranked the commonwealth’s public-school districts. Having grown up in Groton, I wanted to see the correlation between educational expenditures and school district performance in the town. How does Groton’s education spending compare to Massachusetts towns with similar demographics? How […]
Among 15 peer municipalities, Groton’s commercial tax yield makes up a relatively small percentage of its total tax revenue and general government expenditures. In Groton and similar towns, how does developing a commercial tax base fare in terms of supporting local expenditures and moderating residential and personal property taxes? MassAnalysis.com provides town-by-town data on […]