How a Perks Binge Sweetens the Pay of Massachusetts College Chiefs
Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online (Small Staff)

About the Entry

Jon Marcus used open records laws to detail surprising benefits given to public college leaders in Massachusetts — including huge payouts for unused sick and vacation time, bonuses based on unspecified performance goals, and country-club memberships — as they asked taxpayers for increased funding.

Entry Credit

  • Jon Marcus, Contributor, The Eye at NECIR

Comments from the Judges

“Strong package on a topic that isn’t really covered in higher education. Liked that the reporter’s first quote in first story was from a student — rarely ever see that, and they and their families really are the consumers in this scenario. Stories got results, which mean the perks obviously touched a nerve. Writing was sharp and clear.”

“This is a strong, thorough package that clearly lays out the problem and resulted in action (albeit around the edges) to deal with very sweet pay packages for university leaders.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting.