Welcome to Higher Ed Policy, my new blog at Inside the Supreme Ed.Many of you may know me as a creator University of Venusold blog on Inside the Supreme Ed which I started with a group of amazing high school women in the spring of 2010. The University of Venus is still here and working and I will still be editing and writing there.
However, I also wanted to create a space for those of us who are interested in higher education policy issues. Last year, I worked as Head of Policy and Planning for Mayor Kim Janey in Boston, and I was fully immersed in municipal policy for New England’s largest city. My portfolio included broader policy issues besides education, but also included all issues related to education – from early education and care through PK-12 to higher education. I have met regularly with leaders and other representatives of our local colleges and universities on issues and updates related to COVID-19, and we have also discussed initiatives such as careers and college training targeted at Boston youth. In this role, I was also responsible for the day-to-day running of boards and commissions, including the nomination and selection process to the Boston School Committee. I have held regular meetings with the mayors of the district’s universities and colleges, as well as with the leadership of Boston Public Schools, as well as with the leadership of the Boston School Committee. I have found that I really like the impact that policy change can have, especially in the area of racial equality.
When I returned to Boston University in October 2021, my time at City Hall made me want more in education policy. Last fall, I was fortunate to attend meetings and events with several groups, including the American Board of Education (ACE), the National Association of Entrepreneurship Public Colleges (NACCE), and the American Association of Teachers Colleges (AACTE). ), and the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). Working with members of these associations reminded me of how I have always enjoyed working in higher politics. As a longtime teacher recently told me, “Mary, you’ve been in politics for over 30 years!” And, as my phenomenal spokeswoman Ayana Presley likes to say, “politics is my language of love.” It resonates!
Last January, I took over the leadership of Boston University’s higher education management program, and I’m excited to teach higher education policy in the fall of 2022. As I more formally moved into this political space of higher education, I realized I wanted to write about this work more and more, and so the idea for the Higher Ed Policy blog was born. In this blog, I will focus on issues such as the Racial Justice Agenda, Student Loan Forgiveness, Early College Learning, Workforce Training, Positive Action, Food Security, Supporting First Generation Students, Testing Additional Initiatives and more! I will write about recently published reports, articles in a political journal, events and meetings, and will interview senior policy experts. I would love to hear from you. Let me know who you would like me to interview, which reports you consider mandatory to read, and which events not to be missed. If higher politics is one of your areas, send me articles in a journal, invite me to your presentations, and let’s find time to talk!
I look forward to creating this new space with you in Higher Ed Policy at Inside the Supreme Ed.
Mary Churchill is a former Chief of Policy and Planning for Boston Mayor Kim Janey and current Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Public Relations and Director of the Higher Education Administration Program at Wilcock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University. She is a co-author When colleges close: leading in times of crisis. She is on Twitter @mary_churchill and can be contacted by email at [email protected]